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, become a trainer! I became a trainer at 60 and am still training people. The advantage is that, because I’m older, I can relate to senior’s issues. I also teach a business class for personal trainers at a community college and have students from 18-60. The experiences they have had in a variety of professions really add to the learning in the class.
Go for it!
It makes very good sense for you to pursue certification as personal trainer, especially because you ARE 55 years old with a wealth of experience in fitness. There are many, many people who need you! Now you just need the education!
So, a certification with a respected certification organization like the American Council on Exercise will allow you to help those who need what YOU especially have to offer.
ACE has excellent resources to help you study for the Personal training exam. When you work through them you will be learning so much for yourself as well as for others. Then,you will be able to better determine if personal training is what you would be like to be doing.
All the best!
PS. Are you from Boulder,Colorado? I know a Cindy Baird in Colorado.