I received my personal trainer certification through ACE a couple of months ago. I’ve been seeking employment but have found little in the way of openings. I was wondering if additional certifications in areas that interest me would be worthwhile. I was looking into Crossfit and Combine360. Does anyone have any input on those or other suggestions?
To anyone who has come across this question and looking for some suggestions. Working for yourself can be fantastic. I have lived and worked in Ohio, Florida, Colorado, And Hawaii as a fitness instructor. It has been awesome. But it was not always easy. And I pretty much had to supplement my income with a part time job in the beginning of every relocation so I wouldn’t have to drain my savings. But sticking with it has always paid off. Believe in yourself and become a student of fitness.
Continuing education is essential. I would look into what is currently in demand in your area. This would include visiting potential places where you could work and asking them what types of instructors they are looking for and what certifications would be required.
As far as employment opportunities, I would recommend making your own opportunities happen for you. Let all of you friends and family know that you are looking for clients. If you are working with a few clients, let them know you are looking as well.
It has been a while since you posted this. How are things going?
Congrats and welcome to the fitness world. I would say to not worry about other certs just yet but do continue education. Gain a great understanding of what you just obtained and master that before continuing. Having a lot of certs in the end is just wasting more money when you can just focus on being a master in a couple of areas. Hope this helps.
As I was going through school, my professor said that many of the potential employers she talked to were asking for group certified and personal trainer certified. The trainers I know who are group certified have gotten jobs much faster than those of us with just a CPT Cert. So you might want to look into the group certification.
Other than that, congrats on getting certified and good luck on the job front.
Congratulations on your certification and welcome to our community! I agree with the above answers. If I were you, I would start with an internship or paid position at a YMCA so you can gain experience by working with a diverse group of clients with different needs and at varying fitness levels, ages, etc. No one certification will make you a better trainer; only experience will do that. Learning how to communicate with clients (active listening, giving constructive feedback and encouragement) and finding out their goals and what’s important to them is key, as is designing the right programs for them. Once you’re comfortable training one client, try training 2, then 3, and work your way up to training groups. In my opinion, this is where our industry is headed. Before you move into providing high-intensity workouts such as Crossfit or Combine360, I recommend leading some boot camp-style classes first if that’s the direction you want to go in. Additional certifications like Crossfit are expensive, so be sure you understand anatomy and physiology as well as the philosophy behind the program. If you follow Crossfit, you know lots of injuries have occurred as a result of trainers not understanding these principles. Be patient, learn from others (and from your own mistakes), and know your limits so you can improve as a trainer. Best of luck!
Harris Sophocleous, CSCS