My name is Matt. I discovered this site through a Google Search. A long time fitness enthusiast, I have spent my life working in an architectural firm as a project manager. In my twenties, I was a personal trainer. Now, I am researching recertification options. My goal is to leave the world of architecture and begin a career as a Fitness Club Manager. But I worry if I am “too old.” I just turned 50 but am told that I look younger (if that matters). I am looking for advice from gym owners and other managers. Do I stand a chance? I do not have a Bachelor’s Degree but have loads of business experience managing multi-million dollar construction projects. I’d love some truthful advice. Is 50 too old? My manager at Gold’s told me that I am at the perfect age….but he is 50, too. The other thing is, I can relocate anywhere in the USA. I have no ties.
This is not a “job request.” I am truly looking for truthful opinions. Is it too late for me?
My dream Job would be to one day work for Gold’s or a national chain, traveling the country evaluating and auditing individual gyms. Thanks.
In my opinion, you stand a very good chance. Although you may not have been in the fitness industry recently, you’ve done extensive amounts of project management. Management of a gym doesn’t really require a knowledge of anatomy so much as it requires general management skills. You can build a team around you that has the fitness skills.
You might want to see if you can get information interviews with the corporate offices of some of the major chains that interest you. 24 is big enough for this. Bally used to be but I’m not sure of their financial stability (the club where I worked got sold off to LA Fitness). LA Fitness might be big enough, but I don’t get a very organized vibe from their management from when I worked there (maybe you could fix that!). Equinox isn’t as big, but they’re more of the high-end club that would likely have the infrastructure around management and operations.