Being a Personal Trainer is a dream for many fitness lovers, which is why we are seeing more people enter the industry on a professional level. Although there are many Trainers who are dedicated enough to do great things in the industry, they can find it hard to prolong their career in a rapidly evolving industry.
To make sure that you have a long and successful career in fitness, there are various things that industry professionals advise those entering the industry to do to make sure they have a quality career in fitness.
Find an Area of Fitness That You Enjoy
As the fitness industry grows, those looking to enter the industry have more choice than ever to delve into an area of fitness that they are passionate about and truly enjoy. Although any career in fitness may seem like a dream come true, working in an area of fitness that you enjoy makes the hard days much easier, which plays a big part in staying motivated as a Trainer.
Not only does finding your fitness niche help you to enjoy your time on the job, but it also spurs on your career progression. Focusing on your favourite area of fitness spurs on your will to study and learn more; allowing you to constantly further your expertise and stay up to date with the industry. If you’re looking to certify your expertise in your area of fitness, there are now more Active IQ & REPs accredited courses that help you to do just that.
Show Your Clients That You Care
When Personal Training or just working with clients in general, it is vital that you motivate and support them along the way to reaching their goals. Although this goes without saying when it comes to the workouts, many professionals leave their support and care at the gym door, which isn’t enough if you want to stand out in a competitive industry.
The best Personal Trainers and fitness professionals know that when it comes to clients, you have to show that you genuinely care, and this can be done by simply checking up on clients in between sessions by texts or phone calls. Doing this not only makes sure that their training is going well, but it also makes sure they are healthy and happy, which is where a lot of professionals can stand out.
As the industry continues to grow, and the definition of Personal Training changes, it is becoming expected of Personal Trainers to go beyond just the necessities to help clients progress and reach goals, with things such as being there to support clients with any life problems that they feel comfortable sharing with you.
Always Look to Further Your Expertise
When starting out as a new professional, it can be easy to think that because you have gained a reputable qualification that you are knowledgable enough to always offer worthwhile services, which again, is where many professionals fall down, as they are left stuck in the mud when their competitors are doing new things that leave their services and sessions feeling outdated.
This is why any successful fitness professional will tell you that the best thing you can do to have a successful career in the industry is to constantly further your knowledge and learn more, as this allows you to keep up to date with new trends and areas of fitness that you can adapt to improve and evolve your training.
As the industry grows, new opportunities to learn new and specialist parts of fitness are arising, with industry recognised courses giving both new, and the most experienced professionals the opportunity to certify their knowledge and expertise in areas of fitness that were previously not reachable, such as Older Adult specific fitness and Exercise Referral.
Overall, there are various approaches you can take to help yourself have a successful career in fitness, but these three steps are what our course Tutors go by to make sure that they not only keep up with the industry, but also have the knowledge and skills they need to pioneer their area of fitness.