I am f/30 year fitness buff & former runner considering becoming CPT to help women boomers on ML journey. Any advice? thx!
Looking for feedback from veteran trainers. I have a passion for fitness and at 50, still working out 4-5x a week. Would love to take this passion and help midlife women get fit. Seems to be a good demograpic but so much competition in the business. Any advice for a newbie?
I think you get the idea :-) That's really great that you feel the passion to help others in this way. As a trainer with over 19-years training experience I commend you for finding (and following) your passion. The one caveat that I 'might' give is this. In my opinion, it's always best when you're starting out in a new career path to learn as much about that career/profession that you can before 'specializing.' This doesn't mean that you should not put your primary focus on the demographic that you've chosen (midlife women) as you niche. It only means that you may want to spend time (at least in the beginning) working with a variety of other clients as well. This will give you a more well-rounded training experience, and you never know, you may find a 'secondary passion' for training a completely different demographic.
I hope that this helps and good luck!
Don't worry about the competition, you will find your place.
We are all unique in one way or another!
I am highly considering ACE for certification. Many of the trainers in my geographical area are certified thru ACE. I've been researching for several weeks now and ready to make a decision once CPR complete. Any comments on ACE?
Good luck, Daniel
It's been quite a journey in the last 2 1/2 years. I did decided to get certified thru ACE and initially started in-home training. Did that for about 6 months and had an opportunity to rent a small space from a yoga studio - kind of a chance to see if I wanted to stay mobile or not. I knew immediately that having my own facility was what I wanted. That situation lasted about 8 months and for various reasons it was time for me to move on. I found an awesome 750 sq ft facility space 1 mile from my old space, my husband and I did the build-out ourselves and voila, I had my own facility. While I still work part-time in the legal field, I'm transitioning out and should be full-time business owner by the end of the summer.
Never realized how much I LOVED being of service to women, especially in my own space. I sometimes pinch myself when I see how far I've come since obtaining my certification. Since we all have something unique to offer the public, I never concern myself with 'competition', pricing or any other businesses out there. We offer unique programs, a unique environment to the female population and we strive to over-deliver so we never try to compete on pricing and services.
Blessed to have uncovered my passion in this 2nd half of my life (and blessed to have a husband who supports me)!