Chemist Turned Fitness Trainer
Hi. I am trying to change career fields. I originally went to college for chemistry and have a full time job in the chemistry field. But I also have a fitness training background and have started with my own business where I combine small group fitness and martial arts training together. It is through this that I’ve found where my true passion lies. I would like to get out of the chemistry field and work in fitness full time. I would like to get a personal trainer job to replace my chemist job. But my question is, with my own group fitness business, how do I approach applying for a personal trainer job in a gym when I have my own business? How do I address concerns that I may try to lure customers into leaving their gym and coming to my facility? That is not my intention of course.
Congratulations; it sounds like you are doing very well.
You will be applying as an independent contractor, then, if I understand you correctly. Just be upfront and honest, telling the managers what you are telling us. The gym owner may have you sign papers to make sure you keep your word, too.
You might even be able to work out something special with the gym who hires you; complementing each other's services.
Good luck to you; please let us know how you make out.
let me paraphrase to make sure I understand your question:
You currently have a full-time job as a chemist and have started some small group training on the side as an independent business. It appears that you have a place to do so. You now want to quit your job as a chemist and work in a gym as a trainer on the fitness staff of a gym.
You are quite correct to be concerned about a conflict of interest which a gym owner would have. On the other hand, you are only offering group fitness in your own business but not that kind of equipment that a gym typically provides. And I assume that the gym does not have classes of the kind that you teach.
You obviously have to tell a prospective employer of your business, and the ultimately decision to hire you lies there. If you find a place that is not very close to your own business, that may squelch those concerns. On the other hand, you may offer a service exchange: people who take classes at your place could join the gym at a discount, and gym members could take classes at a reduced rate as long as they are members of the gym. that may create a win-win situation rather than a competition.
Wish you good luck.
Ask for discounts on your client's getting memberships there or an extra little % higher than what they already offer to you as a PT.
I know many trainers who teach group classes at gyms/studios and have their own personal training clients elsewhere, either at home or another gym.
Define what is ethically correct and you will do fine.
If you have your own facility, why do you need to work at someone else's gym?
Given that 'reality,' in my opinion if I'm consulting with, or working for a gym and they do not trust that I am not there to STEAL their clients, then I am working for the wrong owner and we are NOT a good match (since I can assure them that this is not my intention, and whether they believe me or not will tell me much about how our working relationship will go).
As in any relationship, there needs to be a 'match.' And so, if my potential employer does not trust that I will do the right thing, then that is not an employment situation that I would take.
My two cents.
California University of Pennsylvania has an online program where you can earn your Masters Degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion. I believe very strongly you should consider this. Nutrition Sciences might also be an option since you are a chemist
Since you are accustomed to working with educated individuals, once you get your second degree or your certification, I would market my wares to other science majors and call my business BODY CHEMISTRY.
I am excited for you. ALL THE VERY BEST TO YOU!!!!