As a nation, we’re busier than ever, and so always looking for ways to make life a little easier, and tasks a lot quicker! We like quick service at the drive thru, quick downloads on our smartphones and quick dinners from the ready-made meals section. But cutting corners and plumping for a quickie Personal Training certificate can end up costing much more than your hard earned cash.
Though giving up a significant amount of time and money in that quest for your dream career isn’t on everyone list of priorities, it’s an investment into your future, your education and your professional reputation once you become a fully fledged fitness pro.
As the Personal Training industry continues to grow, hundreds of new businesses are emerging offering cheap, fast-track fitness certificates for a highly discounted rate, compared to the many reputable fitness qualification providers. Whilst for many students starting out in their studies, this may seem like a cost-effective route to becoming qualified quickly, they soon learn that all they’ve shelled out for at the end of the day is a piece of paper, not the well honed set of specialist skills they’ll need to get ahead in the fitness industry.
We’ve spoken with a number of the UK’s top health club chains, who say that they wouldn’t consider hiring a Personal Trainer that doesn’t have a reputable, recognised qualification. This is a far cry from a time when many health club chains were using poorly qualified, fast-track trained fitness teams to keep up with the demand for personal training services.
The reason for the turnaround is simple. Poorly trained fitness professionals not only pose a risk to gym members, but also impact on health club retention when members leave to seek better fitness guidance elsewhere. So whilst hiring in droves of low-cost, inadequately trained employees seemed like a good idea at the time, it ended up costing them dearly in the long run.
As a Personal Trainer, clients put their health, wellbeing and future fitness levels into your hands. This means a lot of responsibility, as well as a lot that can go wrong if you don’t have the skills and knowledge needed to get it right. Think about it – would you rather have your dental work carried out by a dental professional that trained for six months, through practical training and scientific study or one that bagged a fast-track certificate within a day? It’s the failure to make the distinction between the two that sees around 70% of Personal Trainers fail to carve out a successful career.
If you’re considering a career in the world of fitness, do your homework. As they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day! Neither are qualified Personal Trainers. Reputable course tutors will cover not only fitness knowledge, but practical study, and will hold professional qualifications of their own. They won’t simply ask you to take an online test or offer a quick-fire tutorial on how to be a fitness professional!
If you find yourself tempted by a wallet-friendly and time-saving fast track offer, consider this carefully. If it sounds too good to be true, it is! No two ways about it.
Course prices needn’t hold you back from starting your studies… we hold courses throughout the UK and offer a number of ways to pay, in order to help finance your course.
As with anything, cheap and rushed rarely means high quality, and when it comes to your future career in the fitness industry, a quality, reputable and thorough certification should be top of your list!