Just got certified!! Don't know how or where to start!!
I decided to get Certified because I lost a lot of weight with exercise and diet. I love to exercise and try new things!! I have never worked in a gym or similar in the industry so I'm very new to this. I want to show people how to reach their goals in the comfort of their home like I did. Don't know where to start, how to reach customers which fee I'm going to charge. I have some equipment to use with customers like sandbag, weights, medicine ball, kettlebells. Just need to get organized. Very confused with all this.
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Congrats on your certification. I'm not sure what other background you have in training other than your own personal experience but I have a couple questions for you. First, how familiar are you with sandbag and especially with kettlebell training? These two equipment alone require a lot of experience and practice before even start teaching them to someone else (especially to clients with various medical issues, limitations and injuries). I have seen even experienced trainers having trouble teaching the correct form and designing workouts using them and incorporating them into routines for clients. It's even more difficult in a in-home environment to learn hoe to efficiently and effectively use these equipment.
My other question to you is how much personal training experience do you have? What type of clients have you worked with or you prefer to train? Before going into a in-home personal training, I would suggest to start in a gym in order to get as much as experience as possible and work with as many different types and cases of clients as you can. A certification is great but it doesn't compare to a real life experience which you can acquire by working with a large number of clients (especially ones with medical and other injuries/limitations) and this can only be done in a gym setting.
There you will learn some basics regarding personal training which are necessary to help you succeed in this business. These include but not limited to selling yourself, get comfortable talking to potential clients and mastering the art of selling, learning some inside secrets of this business, negotiating, exposing yourself to as many training methods and exercise equipment as possible (functional training, weight machines, free weights, other exercise equipment which you do not have at the moment, etc), advertising and most important learn how to network.
This is only my opinion and I wish you good luck whichever way you decide to do.
Congratulations on your certification! You are a great role-model to inspire others and help them reach their own goals! You've already been given some great advice here, but I wanted to add one more thing. If you can find a mentor in your area, having another trainer to ask questions and guide you through this process will help. Your certification may also have a local networking forum for advice.
In addition, you can also start training friends and family to get you started. Your best marketing tool is usually word of mouth, so once you start training and word gets out, that will help.
Good luck to you!