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?
Paul gave you some very wise counsel.
I, also, am in my 50’s. It’s hard for me to say whether I’ve received age discrimination, or weight discrimination, or gender discrimination. I can’t look into the brains of the people who don’t hire me, so I can suspect but I can’t know.
What demographic of member do you wish the most to work with? It might be more challenging to get on the staff of a firm that caters to 20-something singles than on the staff of a facility that caters to 50-something marrieds.
For me personally, with 27 years of fitness career behind me, my experience is that I’m just as picky about where I take on a job as the people hiring me are about whether they will hire me. I’m hiring them, too. As I’m looking at the facility, I consider who I would want to work with, what I would want to do to enhance their lives, and how much I am worth in that role. I work best with middle-aged clients with injuries and with seniors. I love working with these groups. They trust me. They don’t have as many of the prejudices about age, weight, beauty or “the fitness look.” I have more work than I can handle, and I’m paid very well for it.
You can do this. You might just be looking in the places that aren’t best suited to your skills and personal style.