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?
I am in my mid 50s and am considering this. I was recently laid off, and was inspired recently by a conversation to follow my passion. I have a belief that if people see a super-fit woman in my age bracket, they will be inspired. It’s not as difficult to be fit in your 20s. I love Robert’s comment: You’ll be a living example of what they can do.
We’ve been getting asked this A LOT recently. It’s strange, because I think the instinct is that the younger you are, the more you are suited to work in health and fitness. However, we’ve found some of our most successful trainers are aged 40, 50+.
Really, dedication and relationships to your clients are the most important factors. We did actually write a little more about it below, because of the number of people asking recently: https://origympersonaltrainercourses.co.uk/blog/am-i-too-old-to-become-a…
You’re never too old to become a trainer, you can inspire a lot of people in doing so. I’d just recommend that you specialize in training clients who are 30 or over. I think they’ll have a lot of respect for you and you’ll inspire them. I think the younger crowd maybe a little bias with training with you but I think it will light a fire inside people who are around your age. You’ll be a living example of what they can do.
Best of luck,