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.
Just wanted to add to your comment to me (comment section was not working properly)…
Although you are concerned about age discrimination–and you may find some–you may also find that your age will help you. There is a need in your age group for individuals who understand the concerns of an aging population. People are living longer and taking care of themselves–and you may find yourself better able to relate to the concerns of this population (and others as well).
(I turn 46 myself next week and I’ve noticed the age of my clients changing over the past few years. I’m now training more individuals in their 50s and 60s and 70s a lot more than before). I believe there is a need in fitness for more individuals in your age range!