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:)
You’re never too old to become a trainer, you can inspire a lot of people in doing so. I’d just recommend that you specialize in training clients who are 30 or over. I think they’ll have a lot of respect for you and you’ll inspire them. I think the younger crowd maybe a little bias with training with you but I think it will light a fire inside people who are around your age. You’ll be a living example of what they can do.
Best of luck,