I recently passed my CPT exam and I am both excited and overwhelmed by options out there for someone just getting into the field. I got lucky because at my current job I work with people in a pool giving them workouts to improve balance, strength, and overall health. However, as much as I love my job in the future (I am calling it my five year plan) I hope to maybe open my own studio and offer classes etc. that way. I also have an addiction to trying to learn and be certified in various areas. I guess my big question is how did you decide which area you wanted to work in and how did you go about getting there? I currently feel pretty lucky knowing both an owner of a small gym and an owner of a studio in my area and I feel like I should get in with them. (It’s about who you know right?) What can I do to eventually work my way into both someone who is full of expertise in the field but also someone who runs a successful buiness?
(I should mention I am currently eight months pregnant and probably the only person who recieved their certification while six months pregnant. Not being able to just hop right in there right now is driving me crazy!!)
to me it was a matter of inclination. I got into the world of fitness as we know it after having gotten injured in sports. Since I had started as a rehab patient, this immediately became an area of interest for me. I also prefer to work with people close to my own age, and those are, but the definition of our society, mature adults.
Once I had made that determination, the certifications and specialties to obtain were just a natural progression. I have not started out with the knowledge I have today but have acquired it over the years with just a lot of continuing education, some of which in the form of additional credentials but a lot also by studying, learning and assessing what I see to what I know.
Some of this you can read your way into. A lot of it is experience. Even today, I learn with every new client because all have their unique goals and challenges.
In your case, you are experiencing the changes which pregnancy brings. This circumstance puts you way ahead of me even though I have been studying the physiological changes of pregnancy. But I have never been pregnant myself. This would qualify you very well to give advice about exercise pre-and postpartum.
I wish you very good luck. In about one month, you will have your first client who will demand every minute of your time and will pay you back with many happy smiles (and other things we won’t mention here).