Time to start a career as a fitness trainer?

Despite the fact that the going has been tough for many sectors of the economy over the last few years, one area that continues to grow is the fitness industry.

So, is now the time to start a career in fitness and health? Read on to find out if you can answer our three critical questions…

Perhaps it’s down to the stress busting nature of exercise and as times got increasingly tough, exercise became a release for people who were struggling to stay afloat? Whatever the reason, there has never been a better time to consider a career in fitness and one area that is continuing to grow is personal training.

If you’re considering a career as a personal fitness trainer then there are a few questions you should ask yourself before you start looking a personal trainer courses.

Three questions every potential personal trainer should ask him or herself?

1. Are you the type of person who enjoys meeting and working with new people on a one to one level and do you have what it takes to really motivate people?

The most successful personal trainers are able to strike a good balance between being firm and pushing their clients hard and knowing when they have had enough. They also learn pretty quickly how each client is going to respond and which approach is going to work best for them.

There’s no point being a drill sergeant with people who really don’t take well to that kind of training as the chances are that they will lose heart and just not bother coming back for their next session. Reading people is key to your success.

2. Can you cope with the fact that as you will be setting up in business and be working for yourself there will be times when earnings are very erratic and you wonder where the next client is going to come from. Can you handle this fact?

This is a particular issue when you’re just starting out and trying to build up your business. Your success as a personal trainer will very much depend on the references you get from the clients you have already worked with and it can take time to build up a solid reputation.

If you’re the kind of person who prefers to know exactly how much money is coming into your bank account each month, then being an independent personal trainer, or any kind of entrepreneur, may not be for you.

3. And final question; which areas for fitness and health would you like to specialise in?

If you have a particular interest in diet and weight loss and want to sell yourself as a nutrition specialist who can help people reach their target weight then consider adding on an extra qualification to your personal training course.It may take a bit longer to get all your certificates but it will definitely be worth it in the long run.

So, how did you do with our three key questions? Are you ready to get started?

Peter Jensen

Peter Jensen

Male, Manchester

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