I have been employed by a YMCA for almost 6 years and have truly enjoyed my experience. If your goal in fitness is to help reach “health-seekers” vs. Hans and Frans the Y is the right place for you. In my years there I have been able to move from 100% direct delivery to more administrative (though I still train and teach too!) and have have excellent support for my career via the Executive Director. The rewards at the Y definately do not end at a paycheck, it is sooooo much more!
I started my career at the Y almost 20 years ago. I earned my first PT credentials there and it was a great opportunity for me to learn and practice my first steps as a trainer. I always recommend the Y to new trainers because it’s a great place to start a career in the fitness industry.