1) I am a cert pilates instructor and cert health coach, and I’m starting my own business offering both health coaching and fitness training…in order to privately train individuals beyond pilates (using weights, cardio, etc), am I required to get a Personal Trainer certification? 2) I have registered my business as an LLC…am I required to get additional liability insurance or is the LLC sufficient?
Hi Morgan. In my opinion one way to determine whether an additional certification in ‘whatever’ field is necessary is to ask yourself “is there a recognized and accepted certification in this particular field/specialty?” If the answer is ‘yes’ then I would say it’s probably best to become certified to teach or train in that specific area. While this isn’t a perfect analysis, I think that it’s a good guideline to use. So, for example, as a Certified Personal Trainer, I’m not really certified/qualified to teach true pilates, whereas you are. That same analysis should apply in your situation looking at personal training. I hope that this helps clarify things for you.
As for your second question. While I (and other trainers on this site) may have our opinions, I would caution you that it is best to seek out your own professional legal and accounting advice on such an important issue involving your business and liability. Each individual trainer’s situation is unique to them, and while one answer or way may be best for one person, it may not work well at all for another. Just by example, I have an LLC for my training business, and I also have liability coverage for both my LLC and myself personally. This works best for me, and I’m able to sleep better at night 🙂
Good luck, and I hope that this has helped a bit.