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?
Getting a personal trainer certification is necessary so that you can instruct within your scope of practice. No matter how well you know the Pilates world, in my opinion it is only one modality of many, and you will be a better trainer if you branch out into a wider range of possibilities. You will then have the luxury to decide whether Pilates is the best approach or traditional strength training or maybe even a fusion of boht.
Incorporating as an LLC only limits your liability, but who will pay it if push comes to shove? I have my own business and have liability insurance. Double-check as LaRue suggests but I am pretty sure that it is necessary.
1) Yea usually having a CPT is great on a resume and adds credibility with clients. Its better to market yourself as a professional rather than an enthusiast.
2) LLC usually has a lot to take into account. You may want to consider how large your business is/will be. Usually when partnered with a gym you wont need a LLC, but if you’re going out alone you may want to look into it.