I am 60 years old and have been NASM certified for one year. I have been trying to get a foot in the door at local gyms and fitness centers but am running into brick walls. I have chosen fitness and personal training as a career that I will continue for the rest of my working life. I am in excellent shape and look younger than your typical 60 year old. I have also just been certified for Silver Sneakers classic. Any ideas to get this thing moving forward?
I’ve been in this industry a long time, I’m in my 50’s, and have never come across age discrimination. If anything I’ve noticed that this industry is more open to older trainers. That said, it’s not impossible that it’s happening.
I’d look for gyms that have a more seasoned clientele. Rec centers and Lion’s Club sometimes have a little older population than the chain gyms. Look at your demographics when choosing. I own my own business and focus on older more financially established clients. And they come to me partly because of my age and ability to relate to them.
Don’t give up