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?
As a gym owner, age of a personal trainer would never hinder me from hiring… and as someone who understands how important fitness is to those who suffer from the chronic illness of arthritis (because I witness the daily effects from someone close to me), having a PT who personally empathizes with the pain during the sessions can be such a game changer for the client… this includes the younger clientele that suffers from rheumatoid arthritis. I know this can one of the biggest concerns of a young person suffering from this disease. They are already so limited with what they can do without additional pain level, that taking instruction from someone who lives with it too can truly give them motivation to stay the course and not give up.
Pursue your passion. It is never too late for fitness.