I am 18 years old and I am 100% convinced in becoming a fitness trainer...any input?
Hello, I am an 18 year old female and I am dedicated to becoming a fitness trainer not only because its a great career, but also because I love it. I think it would be a great place to start I love working with people and I love fitness. At times it is hard because there are so many different routs to take and so many things to learn but I am convinced in going through with this. I would love any imput that I can get good or bad. Thank You
Good for you; this is a very uplifting career.
You will want to be NCCA certified if not getting a bachelor's degree.
Study, study, and study; take this seriously. The more you learn, the better trainer you will be.
Do what you love and do your best at it.
Always be punctual; your time is not more valuable than someone else's time.
Good luck to you and enjoy.
The other thing I will recommend is keeping an open mind. You can learn something from everyone you interact with. In some cases, you might learn what not to do, but that is still part of the learning process.
I wish you good luck in your pursuit! You seem to already have one of the primary prerequisites to succeed in our industry - a passion for fitness/wellness.
I hope that this helps.
In addition to what Steve and LaRue suggested, I would add to always be professional and dependable in whatever you decide to do. Education and continuing search of new ideas is a must if you want to become the best you can be. If you want to succeed as a trainer, make sure people can trust you and follow you by example. Don't promise things you can’t deliver, and stay within the scope of your practice. Love what you do, and I think you will be great as a trainer or in anything else you decide to do.
You can also go to the ACE (http://www.acefitness.org/default.aspx) and IDEA (http://www.ideafit.com/fitness-career) websites and look through their career sections. They have great step by step guides on how to get started in the industry.
Have a fun journey,
There will be times that you cannot help someone. And that's ok. Whether it's because you can't fit them into your schedule, they are a different personality or they need help outside your scope, or whatever the case may be don't get discouraged. In the beginning you want to help everyone, but you need to recognize you can't (and you will burn out quickly trying).
The most important thing is stay passionate about what you love and the rest will fall into place.
I thoroughly encourage you to earn at least a two year degree in exercise science even if it is at your local community college and progress from there.
Without being presumptuous, from your name I am assuming you are a Latina. As an African American fitness professional, I urge you to earn the best credentials in the industry by FIRST earning your degree and then earning fitness credentials.
I suggest this as there are not many Latino/a degreed fitness professionals who know their craft well and there is a HUGE market in the spanish speaking community.
I am very passionate about seeing more "minority" fitness professionals excel in the fitness industry. If this is what you want to do go BIG early and set yourself apart from the rest.
I wish you all the success you dream!
1. How long have you yourself been training?
2. Are you able to do ALL exercises [including more than 1 pullup]
3. Are you able to deal with family and friends that promise to do things with & for you then blow you off repeatedly?
4. Are you willing to work with clients who hate working out & will not listen to anything you ask of them?
As a trainer of 16 yrs. I wish I was asked these things. One issue I will note is that if YOU love training, understand 80% of your clients will NOT. In turn, you will also deal with lots of people who will 'fail you' meaning that if you cannot deal with clients not getting into shape & at times, blaming you...you will not love this.
As for the job part, you will have clients with injuries & understand that you hold their safety in your hands.You will not just pay for a certification [$1500+] opr school [however much college is] you will also need to re-certify every 2-3 yrs [$250-500], have your own insurance [$100 a yr. give opr take] AND youll need CEUs [5-20 within time between re-certifications]. A CEU class will run $200 and way upwards.
You will begin each yr in the hole and will have to market yourself against LOTS of other trainers & clients who want a specific type of trainer or dont want to pay for your time.
Understand that you can make this a job - but youll need a side job if you live on your own. This, in the year of the fitbit, IG online trainer and youtube enthusiast is NOT a real job.