How to Become a Personal Trainer
With obesity being one of the most leading causes of death worldwide along with the numerous studies that directly link physical inactiveness with several deadly illnesses such as heart diseases, Type 2 diabetes and cancer, it is no wonder that an increasing number of people are caught by the mania of so-called “fitness bug”. With people getting obsessed for quasi-immortality, thousands of dollars are being spent monthly on ridiculous diet schemes, gym memberships and/or equipments, proper training attires and an infinite number of workout videos in the market. As the fitness industry grows at such an impressing rate, being a Personal Fitness Trainer has also become one of the most sought-out jobs in the 21st Century.
By definition, a Personal Fitness Trainer is a professional who coaches or instructs an individual or a group of individuals on the fundamentals of physical fitness by demonstrating strong science-based techniques and methods with participation in exercise activities.
However, not all self-confessed sports and fitness enthusiasts can become a professional fitness trainer. Though it certainly helps if your days are exhausted with physical activities that stretches the limitations of the human body, there are several requirements that needs to be satisfied in order to actually practice this highly lucrative career.
• Do you have what it takes? This question should be asked first before plunging to any career. An effective personal trainer needs more than a chiseled body and a great physique. Patience, organization, ability to correctly assess a client’s capabilities, and good communication and motivational skills are a must. It also helps if you have a basic understanding of human physiology and anatomy since you will be directly involved in honing those through developing proper exercise programs.
• Be certified. Sometimes, all a potential client needs to completely put their faith in you is a piece of paper that certifies your qualifications to work on their precious body. According to International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), 67 out of 72 responding clubs actually require and encourage prospective personal trainers to get a certification prior to employment. There are accredited organizations nationwide that offer certifications through trainings, seminar and/or workshops. Be selective and inquisitive. Research those organizations in order to find out how much the certification costs along with their pre-requisites.
• Choose a specialization. Much like doctors trying to find out if they want to be surgeons or general practitioners, personal trainers have an option to choose a particular area that they want to be considered an expert in. And like specialized doctors, personal trainers who chose to excel in one area usually gets a better job offer and a higher pay than those whose ‘specialization’ is too generic.
• Gain some experience. They say experience is the best teacher. In order to learn the ropes in this business, one should apply to a health club, gym, resorts or even spas to gain relevant experience. Also, this is the best way to build your network of contacts and gather a list of potential clients.
• Don’t stop educating and improving yourself. Of course it will be quite ironic if the personal trainer stopped pushing himself just because he had gotten his certification and that cushy job at the local gym. Attend personal summits and seminars to improve your skills and sharpen your talents. Clients will start asking for your services if they can see with their own eyes how motivated you are in polishing your craft.
If your ultimate goal is to eventually be your own boss, conduct a feasibility study first regarding setting up your own business whether it is a gym or an online fitness training. Also research all the requirements needed in starting your own business such as registrations and liability insurance. Furthermore, you would need to invest in marketing yourself in order to reach all potential clients.
So if your heart is already set on becoming a personal fitness trainer, flex those muscles and start working!