I know a lot of instructors that do personal training too. My question is if you do both do you find that it’s worth the cost? I know you have to pay the renewal fees for both as well as get CEC’s for both. Can the same CEC’s count towards both group for and personal training? Thoughts about the cost of doing both?
Do you want to do both? I do both personal training and teach group fitness classes and love them both. Yes, you do have to renew both certifications. My own personal training and group fitness are with two different agencies (ACE and AFAA), and my CEC’s are separate (unfortunately!). I also have the ACE Health Coach cert. which I can renew with my Personal Trainer cert.
It really depends on what your goals in fitness are as to whether or not it is worth the cost of doing both. I started teaching about 25 years ago, and have been training since 2008. Training was a natural progression for me from teaching–and I love doing both. Right now I choose to work part-time (about 20-25 hours per week),and fitness is my passion so it is worth the cost to me. I find that having both certifications both helps me to train better and teach classes better. They compliment each other very well. It can be more lucrative to do personal training and teach small group training classes vs. teaching group fitness classes. Again, just depends on your goals.
So, it would be worthwhile for you to figure out where your passion is and go from there. Both are very rewarding, but in different ways.
most organizations will accept the same CECs for both personal and group fitness. And those usually have a petition process and will recognize them after all – for a fee 🙁
With that in mind, the only extra cost is the renewal fee. If you go with the same organization for both, such as ACE, you will receive a reduced rate for renewal.
Whether it is worth it depends on you. Teaching group fitness exposes you to many more people than does personal training, and you are likely to get clients through that avenue.
Hello Christy Sanchez,
Yes, I do and love it.
I have three certs and pay a discount rate; because, they are all through the same organization, ACE. I time the CECs to renew all three at once, which counts for all the certs. It is definitely worth it; all the certs are intertwined which makes me feel like a better all around trainer. I use the education from all three in every session and/or class I teach. The overlap is natural and truly helpful for the: think fast on the feet, episodes. I have never regretted having more than one cert.; it is all about keeping the clients safe, healthy and happy.
Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit.
I always found them to be complementary based on price point and preference.
e.g. some people may not be able to afford PT, but can group training (which is typically cheaper).
Likewise, some people just prefer to have the group ‘feel’, while others prefer personal attention.
I would highly recommend giving both offerings to prospective clients (and perhaps something in the middle too – like small group training).