I have been training and working out for about four years now. I have worked closely with a trainer who has trained me in the sport of boxing. I have motivated about six people to begin work out regimens and establish healthy eating habits. I love sharing information that I have with others and have now decided to make this a career. I am working towards getting my Wellness and Fitness Coach certification and want to obtain a Personal Trainer Certification this year. How can I generate revenue with new clients without having obtained my certification? Do I need to have one to have paying clients?
Christine has made some great points. You are on the right track in getting a certification. However, if I were you I wouldn’t train anyone until I’m certified and have a liability insurance to go with it. There are many reasons which I can list here as to why that would be a bad idea, but the main one is that if you’ll respect the people you will be training and paying you money for your expertise and experience I would wait till I have everything in order. I can’t even tell you how many people I see around (trainers included) who think they know what they are talking about when in reality they know nothing. Personally I wouldn’t pay someone with no education, certifications and the experience to go with it to train me. I would check this person’s background and accomplishments as well as his/her philosophy before I even consider hiring them.
Be patient, keep learning and get everything in order before you enter the “ring”. If you like to box as you have mentioned, then you should know that when you are not prepared for every possible challenge/obstacle, you will be KO. Anyway, this is how I would do things.