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?
Yes! Few years back while I was in Dallas and I was working in a gym, one of the best trainers there was a 65-year-old retiree. He decided he wanted to do something more than just sitting around after the end of his previous career and not let the years get the best of him. So, he got certified and along with his previous experience in life and fitness he started to train clients. He said it was the best decision he ever made.
Age has nothing to do when becoming a trainer. I think that with your life experiences and wisdom you can be a very effective trainer. You don’t have to outperform your clients, just guide them to the correct path and help them achieve their goals. Just choose a certification which you are comfortable with (or not) and decide what type of clients you would like to train. It’s a fun job and you are always making a change for the better in someone’s life.
I wish you the best and remember there are many people here who can help you with any questions you might have.