I am very interested on a personal level in fitness and nutrition, however I have no certifications or background in either field. I am 55, in good shape physically, workout out regularly but do have some “normal” issues like arthritis that can come with age. It seems that there are so many PT’s out there and most/all seem to be young and in super shape. With these resources for clients to choose from, would it make any sense to pursue an education in either/both fields with an eye towards trying to it for a living some day?
It makes complete sense.
The baby boomer population is 78 million strong and they know what they want and generally like to work with people who understand and appreciate their perspective and life experience.
Being healthy and in shape isn’t reserved for the young nor is the fitness and wellness industry reserved for the young.
I wish you the best in your pursuit to enter the fitness and wellness industry.
Best to you.
As Joanne said, the baby boomer population is huge. My youngest client is 50, and though most of them have been with me for years, I do know they are comfortable training with someone closer to their own age. I have also had many requests by younger people to train them, I do not have time on my schedule for new clients, so my client base remains “older”.
if you were looking to hire a personal trainer which one would you be drawn to? The young and super-fit one or somebody closer to your own age who actually ‘gets’ it that some days you wake up, and there’s a twinge in a new place that wasn’t there the day before?
The clients with the discretionary money to hire a personal trainer tend to be in the older age bracket, and my age of 58 has been a bonus, not a hindrance.
I would focus on the fitness field and maybe weight management. The nutrition certifications are all very nice and well but most states have strict rules as to what information you may dispense without being a licensed dietitian.
I wish you good luck. Go for it.
I completely agree with all of the answers above, and think you should do what you are truly passionate about. You will be well received by the people who seek personal trainers. Those people are real people, who need someone they can relate to.
I hope to be a personal trainer until the age of retirement, hopefully well into my 60’s!