First, make sure you have individual liability insurance. It doesn’t cost much for a year, but it will help you feel a little more confident as you get exerience and is a neccesity in the industry.
Then, ask a friend, co-worker or family member if you can train them to reach their goals and to gain some experience. Be upfront with them about what you’re trying to gain, but also let them know that you’ll treat them as any other professional personal trainer would and help them reach their goals. You could train them for free or for a nominal price. Then ask them if they would write you a reference.
You could also ask another personal trainer if you could “shadow” them to get some experience. Basically, you’d follow them around and see how they conduct personal training sessions. You’ll learn both good and bad things that will impact how you train others going forward.
You could also ask a gym manager what kind of experience they’re looking for in a trainer and how would they suggest you get that experience. Be prepared to offer suggestions: “Could I shadow one of your trainers?” “Could you show me your trainer responsibilities?” “Could I talk with one of your trainers in their down time?” It shows your interested and willing to do what it takes to gain experience and eventually get a job.
And keep learning. Stay up to date with CEUs and certifications. Learn all you can.
Good luck to you! The beginning is always the hardest.
Welcome to the industry. In addition to what Jocelyn mentioned, try to join any networking groups in your area and start promoting and marketing your business. Meet as many people as you can and pass your business cards around. Make connections with doctor’s offices, chiropractors and other similar professionals to let them know about you and the type of training you offer and what type of clients you are looking to work with.
Be a good listener and pay attention to your clients. Try to learn as much as you can about the new fitness trends and ideas that are out there and have and open mind. Beyond that, it’s up to you how far you are willing to take your business.
I wish you the best!
Hello Jennifer Knye, and welcome.
Do your best at giving it more than 100%, to each and every client. The word of mouth will do wonders for you. When clients praise you, thank them and ask if they will pass the word.
I saw your question on insurance price: depending on the coverage, yes, that is average. I signed up for two years of insurance, through ACE, for a discount; thankful for that offer.
About getting your name out there and people to trust you: look for the opportunity to speak about health and fitness when you are small talking…everywhere…all the time. Try to join a networking group, get involved in the community and be confident. It takes a while; but, you can do whatever you put your mind to.
Whatever you do, make sure to keep up with your CECs, do not let that lapse. Keep learning on a daily basis, as your clients will want to know the latest and they will look to you as their trusted source. Daily learning the CECs, and more, helps you and the clients in so many ways.
Good luck, enjoy and take care.