Does is make sense for someone over 50 to become a personal trainer?
I am very interested on a personal level in fitness and nutrition, however I have no certifications or background in either field. I am 55, in good shape physically, workout out regularly but do have some "normal" issues like arthritis that can come with age. It seems that there are so many PT's out there and most/all seem to be young and in super shape. With these resources for clients to choose from, would it make any sense to pursue an education in either/both fields with an eye towards trying to it for a living some day?
The baby boomer population is 78 million strong and they know what they want and generally like to work with people who understand and appreciate their perspective and life experience.
Being healthy and in shape isn't reserved for the young nor is the fitness and wellness industry reserved for the young.
I wish you the best in your pursuit to enter the fitness and wellness industry.
Best to you.
Check out ACE's list of certifications and talk to as many people as you can about the profession.
It would be great to key in on which population you want to work with.
if you were looking to hire a personal trainer which one would you be drawn to? The young and super-fit one or somebody closer to your own age who actually 'gets' it that some days you wake up, and there's a twinge in a new place that wasn't there the day before?
The clients with the discretionary money to hire a personal trainer tend to be in the older age bracket, and my age of 58 has been a bonus, not a hindrance.
I would focus on the fitness field and maybe weight management. The nutrition certifications are all very nice and well but most states have strict rules as to what information you may dispense without being a licensed dietitian.
I wish you good luck. Go for it.
I hope to be a personal trainer until the age of retirement, hopefully well into my 60's!
As a gym owner, age of a personal trainer would never hinder me from hiring... and as someone who understands how important fitness is to those who suffer from the chronic illness of arthritis (because I witness the daily effects from someone close to me), having a PT who personally empathizes with the pain during the sessions can be such a game changer for the client... this includes the younger clientele that suffers from rheumatoid arthritis. I know this can one of the biggest concerns of a young person suffering from this disease. They are already so limited with what they can do without additional pain level, that taking instruction from someone who lives with it too can truly give them motivation to stay the course and not give up.
Pursue your passion. It is never too late for fitness.
Yes! Few years back while I was in Dallas and I was working in a gym, one of the best trainers there was a 65-year-old retiree. He decided he wanted to do something more than just sitting around after the end of his previous career and not let the years get the best of him. So, he got certified and along with his previous experience in life and fitness he started to train clients. He said it was the best decision he ever made.
Age has nothing to do when becoming a trainer. I think that with your life experiences and wisdom you can be a very effective trainer. You don't have to outperform your clients, just guide them to the correct path and help them achieve their goals. Just choose a certification which you are comfortable with (or not) and decide what type of clients you would like to train. It's a fun job and you are always making a change for the better in someone's life.
I wish you the best and remember there are many people here who can help you with any questions you might have.
It makes very good sense for you to pursue certification as personal trainer, especially because you ARE 55 years old with a wealth of experience in fitness. There are many, many people who need you! Now you just need the education!
So, a certification with a respected certification organization like the American Council on Exercise will allow you to help those who need what YOU especially have to offer.
ACE has excellent resources to help you study for the Personal training exam. When you work through them you will be learning so much for yourself as well as for others. Then,you will be able to better determine if personal training is what you would be like to be doing.
All the best!
PS. Are you from Boulder,Colorado? I know a Cindy Baird in Colorado.
Absolutely, positively, yes! Go for it.
My personal trainer schooling classes were filled with people of all ages, sizes and backgrounds. Isn't that what the health and finess industry needs to help the diverse clients? Yes, indeed.
Too many older people aren't interested in working with a young man like myself. They're afraid I'll turn them into Arnold or be a training sergeant.
Do it and aim for the geriatric/older population.
Go for it!
I am in the same situation as Cindy. Would love to hear your recommendations for which certification you would choose.
Does it make sense? Yes it does!!
There are many 'Baby Boomers' who want to remain active and communicate with a trainer who understand their concerns.
And...they tend to have the time and money for personal training.
I'm close to 50, and I find myself attracting baby boomers as a large portion of my clientele, because I'm not too much younger than them. I'm non-intimidating and having been through a few injuries myself, I have compassion for their aches, pains, and limitations.