Hi. I am trying to change career fields. I originally went to college for chemistry and have a full time job in the chemistry field. But I also have a fitness training background and have started with my own business where I combine small group fitness and martial arts training together. It is through this that I’ve found where my true passion lies. I would like to get out of the chemistry field and work in fitness full time. I would like to get a personal trainer job to replace my chemist job. But my question is, with my own group fitness business, how do I approach applying for a personal trainer job in a gym when I have my own business? How do I address concerns that I may try to lure customers into leaving their gym and coming to my facility? That is not my intention of course.
If I were you and had the money, I would earn a second degree in exercise physiology and earn the ACSM HFS credential.
California University of Pennsylvania has an online program where you can earn your Masters Degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion. I believe very strongly you should consider this. Nutrition Sciences might also be an option since you are a chemist
Since you are accustomed to working with educated individuals, once you get your second degree or your certification, I would market my wares to other science majors and call my business BODY CHEMISTRY.
I am excited for you. ALL THE VERY BEST TO YOU!!!!
Hi Nikki. Congratulations on following your passion. I did the same several years ago and never looked back! 🙂 While this is a legitimate concern of gym owners, the reality of the situation is that in most gym scenarios, the owners are ‘hiring’ trainers as ‘part-time’ independent contractors. As such, they should completely understand that you as a trainer MUST be working other places in order to eat! Whether that be your own business or other gyms, the reality is that most (or all) of their trainers are working elsewhere.
Given that ‘reality,’ in my opinion if I’m consulting with, or working for a gym and they do not trust that I am not there to STEAL their clients, then I am working for the wrong owner and we are NOT a good match (since I can assure them that this is not my intention, and whether they believe me or not will tell me much about how our working relationship will go).
As in any relationship, there needs to be a ‘match.’ And so, if my potential employer does not trust that I will do the right thing, then that is not an employment situation that I would take.
My two cents.
Nikki! Great job on setting up your own fitness programming! Being a full time trainer takes time! Building a clientele to provide full time income is also a challenge. The personal training business, group or one on one is a revolving door of folks coming and going with your services as a Trainer! Even if you choose to go to another gym to develop your clientele you will bring folks to your personal gym intended or not! Every gym owner knows that will happen! Be careful in signing a contract that prohibits your training in other places as this will conflict with your potential of growing your business in diverse places. I wish you well in developing a foundation for your PT growth!
From your profile it looks as if you are not yet certified as a Personal Trainer. This is something to consider
I know many trainers who teach group classes at gyms/studios and have their own personal training clients elsewhere, either at home or another gym.
Define what is ethically correct and you will do fine.
If you have your own facility, why do you need to work at someone else’s gym?
Every gym drools over a trainer like you. They like bringing in new personal trainers, but PT’s take time to build up a client base. If you bring one in, they’ll most likely be more than happy to accommodate you and your clients in any way.
Ask for discounts on your client’s getting memberships there or an extra little % higher than what they already offer to you as a PT.