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?
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.