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?
You’ve already received good advice and I’ll try to take a different tack so as not to repeat what has been written.
You’ve found an exercise and diet regime that works great for you, and you’ve stuck with it for four years. You’ve become an expert on yourself. That’s very VERY commendable.
That said, you’re the only person in the world who has your body and who will respond to exercise in the same way. Some of your clients might have injuries. Some of them might have muscular imbalances that need to be corrected before they’re ready for boxing, or that will be worsened if all you teach them is boxing.
I don’t want to negate all that you’ve learned. You’ve learned a lot. And the good trainers that I’ve seen have a mix of experience of book learning and practice, not just one or the other. You’ve got the practice and there’s value in that. But the fitness world is so vast, sometimes we don’t even realize just how much we don’t know. What you’ve learned is a small tip of the iceberg and to make a solid career, you’ll need to learn more.
If you really need to earn revenue while you pursue your certification, make sure that your clients are fully aware of your education level and that you’re working within your scope of practice (what you know how to teach). You might be able to do a boxing specific small group workout that’s not personal training, but gives them some of the basic skills that you’ve learned, without attempting to do any sort of program design.