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.
Aloha Matt. Your only 50? Your just a kid. And now you have a whole new direction in life. That is so cool. I am 56 and have managed, worked, and coached in all types of facilities. You can do anything you want to do, as long as you really want it. And why settle for being the manager? Why not open your own place? I have opened my own fitness businesses in Ohio, Florida, Colorado, and Hawaii. I know that architects are pretty smart people, so I am sure you could make it a reality.
You could keep your current gig and start a studio part time until it is full time or enough for you to be secure and happy. Happy counts more than money in my world.