Corporate fitness v.s. training in a private gym
I currently work at a small performance gym, having graduated with an exercise degree last summer. I was wondering if anyone could provide me with some insight on working for a corporate wellness company (i.e. L & T fitness, MediFit). Any advise, suggestions or wisdom would be greatly appreciated.
Congratulations on your degree. One thing to keep in mind is that when working in a corporate setting, you will most likely be performing duties as a fitness specialist (doing exercise prescriptions, helping the members getting familiar with the exercise equipment, teaching classes, educating the members in nutrition and other fitness related subjects and also doing some personal training). Most of these companies will hire you as a full-time (or part-time) employee with a set salary. Working in a corporate setting will help you expand your knowledge and increase your experience as a trainer. You will be exposed to a lot of new ideas, but you must remember that you are still working for the company which hired you and must follow their guidelines. Another thing about working for such companies, is that you can be promoted from within and move up the ladder. I am sure some other people here can give you some more advises that will help you and give you a better understanding about working for corporate wellness companies.
You can also search some of the answers in this forum, which where posted to similar questions to yours.
I found a couple of articles that provide some more info on the pros and cons of corporate wellness:
I hope this helps.
The pay is horrible for someone who has earned their degree but they offer pretty good benefits.
You will need to earn your ACSM HFS credential within six months of hire. There are loads of benefits to working in corporate fitness.
I wish you the best.
Good luck whichever way you decide to go.
Some good answers already with the pros and cons. I think you really need to figure out the worth of each thing and need to ask some more questions.
*Healthcare cost at each place and value to you
*Set salary or commission based-can you get by with lowest salaries
*The BIG question depends on you-SALES. Are you comfortable being a sales person, it is a lot harder to be a trainer unless they provide the sales for you at the facility. Lots of great trainers could not make due to lack of sales. If you are not good at sales then your marketing needs to be top notch. Experience will help this area also.
*Which location can provide you either the most growth or be a better stepping stone to reaching the ideal goal.
Joanne mentioned ACSM cert, that could be a great example of a nice stepping stone.