How do I get started in a fitness career?
After losing 100 lbs and developing a passion for life-changing fitness and wellness, I would like to pursue a career in fitness where I can help others change their lives, too. I would like to write about fitness (I currently write for a fitness blog for college students), be a group fitness instructor (and maybe someday a personal trainer!), and/or work with a non-profit dedicated to wellness. I already have an advanced degree, but not in this field at all! Is going back to school for exercise science the best way to go? Or is it possible to build experience without a formal degree? I want to make a difference but I'm not sure where to start!
first my most heart-felt congratulations to you for your personal accomplishments. You should be proud of yourself, and it is a great credit to you that you now want to inspire others and make a difference in their lives.
Deciding how much you want to make fitness your career will determine which route to go. If you are seeking employment with certain organizations you may need to pursue a degree. Ironically, those same organizations often require also a certification, simply because degrees do not require continued education whereas certifications do.
But it is also possible to build a career without a formal degree. If I were you, I would start with getting a group exercise certification and then start teaching group fitness. This will get your toes in the water, and it does not preclude you from pursuing a degree if you choose to.
A lot in group fitness and personal training has nothing to do with exercise science and all with communication and your ability to relate to people. In many ways, you can empathize so much better with people who are overweight than many of us because you have been there. This is a great asset to you.
I wish you all the best for the future.
And thanks, Karen, for the referral! I'll be looking into that.
I think it's great that you want to pursue a fitness career and congrats on loosing 100 pounds.
I also suggest looking for a specialty, a part of the fitness world that really inspires you and to focus on that.
You don't need a degree and as you get involved with IDEA you will be able to utilize all they have to offer.
I am also overweight and had health issues that needed to be addressed. I found that changing my diet and lifestyle made all of the difference in my life.
A friend of mine referred me to the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and I took the course for an amazing career as a Health Coach.
They have an offer for a free book right now that will give you a good idea of their philosophy, s a holistic approach based on bio-individuality- that every person requires a specific program that will cater to their individual needs. The course will connect you with MANY people in the health and fitness field, and offers an alternative to the mainstream medical profession where people continue to suffer ill health. After completing the course you will be a certified Health Coach. and will help people to find their plan for personal wellness. It will be a positive life changing experience , and you can take it as far as you like or use the information for personal growth. On of the best bargains in the fitness field
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Good Luck to you and I am sure that in whatever path you choose your enthusiam and personal experience will be inspirational to the many people you will help and support
I hope that this helps.
Again congratulations on the tremendous amount of weight loss that you accomplished.
As someone who also has lost a tremendous amount of weight(52pds), I know how hard it was and to keep it off 20 years as you can imagine is even harder.
I couldn't agree more with the previous comments made about education.
First, I can't say enough about education. However, before plunging into education, I would highly recommend and really look at what you want to do within the field of personal training.
How do you want to help people? What type of clients' do you want to work with?
This to me is fundamental before doing anything.
I would then as other has stated look into educational options.
There are some evolving programs within community colleges to become a personal trainer
to just getting certified. It again goes back to how much you want to put into it. Because whatever you put it, you will get out.
When I made a career change from Marketing to Physiotherapy, I decided to become a personal trainer as I thought it would really help me understand exercise, how to help apparent healthy individuals get in better health and be a nice precursor for PT school.
16 years later, it did that and much more.
I would also look at beyond education as to career goals. Establishing both short-term and long-term, which will make things "clearer" for you.
Lastly, also re-examine what you can do with a 2 year degree as compared to just getting certified. At the end of the day, helping people can be achieved in many different ways.
It is the path that you choose that can dictate how much you can make a difference first,
then become compensated for your hard work second.
fitness (I currently write for a fitness blog for college students), be a group fitness instructor (and maybe someday a personal trainer!), and/or work with a non-profit dedicated to wellness. I already have an advanced degree, but not in this field at all! Is going back to school for exercise science the best way to go? Or is it possible to build experience without a formal degree?
I want to thank everyone for commenting on this page it has helped to motivate me even more and also give me an idea of the route I want to take with my future. I would like to also speak on the fact that being active and healthy isn't only about our weight. I have used my active and healthy lifestyle to help me fight anxiety, stress, addiction and obesity.
This has helped me to develop a goal to start an organization that supports individuals in fragile and challenging times in their lives using an active, healthy and positive lifestyle!!
I am working on an organization called TRIAFFECT Fitness, Health and Wellness. I am at a little bit of a loss for where to begin, but I am still writing and working on a website every day TRIAFFECT-Fitness.com (not yet complete). In the mean time I am an active duty military member. I say this because I want you to know that if it is something you want bad enough you will find the way. Stick to your plan and good luck.
TRIAFFECT Fitness Health and Wellness
Are there any good online degree programmes? I am in Trinidad and not able to find anything in my country that I want to do or have the time for.
It is possible to become a trainer and a fitness instructor without any higher education and other background. However, you need to keep in mind that you will be competing with thousands of other people who have the same ideas and inspirations with you for the same piece of the pie. The only way to distinguish yourself form them and succeed in this business is to be educated as much as possible. This field and industry moves very fast and changes in a constant pace. Unless you posses a great understanding about fitness, nutrition and exercise it will be difficult to stay afloat long enough to make a living and be successful. People in this industry come and go very fast, so if you are going to commit to this you will need to be as much prepared as possible. You will no be competing only against other newcomers, but also other very well established trainers who have long experience in this field. You are on the right path, but will need to step it up if you are going to make it.
I teach a complete course for fitness instructors (classroom/practical experience) now through my business in Hawaii. I also teach CECs for those already certified. The CECs are definitely a write off so why not come take a continuing education vacation on the Big Island of Hawaii. The instructor course for preparing to get certified may also be, I never tried to get my first cert deducted off my taxes. Anyway, check out my website, www.hawaiifitnessacademy.com if you are interested.