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?
No, I did not. In the interim I have had some health challenges (breast cancer) that have changed the way I work out and think about my body. This month I started a 2 year cert program called Nutritious Movement, a restorative/biomechanics program that has helped me a lot in treatment recovery. Just shows how our paths can change and how we need to keep our options open:)
Yes I think it’s a great idea. I am 54 and have had a personal trainer for a few months. My trainer is only 30 but has an amazing ability to relate to anyone of any age. If I didn’t have him I would certainly look for someone closer to my own age. I think women in particular at my age would benefit from this.
I especially like Natalie’s response. Go for it! I’ve been a competitive athlete and a personal trainer for a long time. Age is not the limiting factor, hesitation is. Share what you have and what you’ve done. Certainly it’s important to study for and receive appropriate certification, but always keeping in mind that what you have to offer potential clients is invaluable. I wish you the best.