I used to be an ACE certified personal trainer group fitness instructor in the late '90s.
I'm considering going back into personal training. I am aware that I have a lot of work ahead of me and wanted to know if I can get the pros and the cons of personal training in this time and economy. I would also like to know if there are any personal trainers and/or fitness experts where I can actually conduct informational interviews; also, are there networking opportunities and events for fitness professionals? I want to be able to make the best decision before plunging ahead into a "new" career. Thank you for your advice.
Welcome back! There will be an upcoming event "IDEA World Fitness Convention".
Would be a great place to get your feet wet again!
There is so much information on this portal that will be instrumental to you deciding whether or not you are making a good choice.
All you need do is click the link that reads "Career Guide" and get started.
I hope this gives you a good starting place.
I would be happy to provide you with information if you would like to interview me
Follow your gut and intuition
You are the only one who really knows if its worth the time and effort
That being said, if you have another job, you might consider interning a couple hours a week at a smaller training facility. You will likely learn infinitely more than you would training people at the average gym. Who knows, it might even turn into a position in the near future.
There are also plenty of local conferences that are run by a variety of organizations. Take a look around on Google.
I'd also review why I stopped working as a trainer before and evaluate if those things that caused me to stop, have changed. How will this time be different?
Then I might try going back a few hours at a time to see if its working for me. To test the waters as it might be.
You'll know if its the right decision, because it will feel right to you and you'll be eager to get started each day.
I wish you the best of luck!