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?
So glad to see more activity on this question! I hate to see that a year has gone by and I am still on the fence with this, not sure why. I have recently decided to do the ACE cert and should have the money for it within a month. I really want to help women my age, midlife, deal with not just fitness but overall wellness, posture functional movement etc so I will be looking at other possible certs too. My big thing is how to transition from a full time job with a payck to self employed and how to create that biz? The nuts and bolts of how/where etc?? I am the only breadwinner so its scary! Any mentors out there?
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.
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.