After losing 100 lbs and developing a passion for life-changing fitness and wellness, I would like to pursue a career in fitness where I can help others change their lives, too. I would like to write about fitness (I currently write for a fitness blog for college students), be a group fitness instructor (and maybe someday a personal trainer!), and/or work with a non-profit dedicated to wellness. I already have an advanced degree, but not in this field at all! Is going back to school for exercise science the best way to go? Or is it possible to build experience without a formal degree? I want to make a difference but I’m not sure where to start!
first my most heart-felt congratulations to you for your personal accomplishments. You should be proud of yourself, and it is a great credit to you that you now want to inspire others and make a difference in their lives.
Deciding how much you want to make fitness your career will determine which route to go. If you are seeking employment with certain organizations you may need to pursue a degree. Ironically, those same organizations often require also a certification, simply because degrees do not require continued education whereas certifications do.
But it is also possible to build a career without a formal degree. If I were you, I would start with getting a group exercise certification and then start teaching group fitness. This will get your toes in the water, and it does not preclude you from pursuing a degree if you choose to.
A lot in group fitness and personal training has nothing to do with exercise science and all with communication and your ability to relate to people. In many ways, you can empathize so much better with people who are overweight than many of us because you have been there. This is a great asset to you.
I wish you all the best for the future.
I would suggest going to the IDEA Convention and become Certified with one of the leading organizations.
I think it’s great that you want to pursue a fitness career and congrats on loosing 100 pounds.
I also suggest looking for a specialty, a part of the fitness world that really inspires you and to focus on that.
You don’t need a degree and as you get involved with IDEA you will be able to utilize all they have to offer.
I am also overweight and had health issues that needed to be addressed. I found that changing my diet and lifestyle made all of the difference in my life.
A friend of mine referred me to the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and I took the course for an amazing career as a Health Coach.
They have an offer for a free book right now that will give you a good idea of their philosophy, s a holistic approach based on bio-individuality- that every person requires a specific program that will cater to their individual needs. The course will connect you with MANY people in the health and fitness field, and offers an alternative to the mainstream medical profession where people continue to suffer ill health. After completing the course you will be a certified Health Coach. and will help people to find their plan for personal wellness. It will be a positive life changing experience , and you can take it as far as you like or use the information for personal growth. On of the best bargains in the fitness field
If you use my name for a referral (KAREN ANTONE), there is usually a discount if you are referred by alumni
If you have any questions please feel free to email me at [email protected]
Good Luck to you and I am sure that in whatever path you choose your enthusiam and personal experience will be inspirational to the many people you will help and support
Education is the most important thing to gain before you venture out. How you get that education, and what you plan on doing with it are up to you and your desires. Some fitness jobs require a diploma but a group fitness certification does not. There are lots to choose from so shop around and conntinue to ask questions. Since you mentioned getting into group finess instruction first, You must have a passion for fitness. This is going to go a long way toward brining you a rewarding career. The CPT isn’t as difficult to get after getting te group cert as it fleshes out much of what you will have already learned. Best of luck to you in the future.
Thank you all for your responses! I really appreciate it – there’s so much I need to learn, but I’m so excited to dive in. I think I’ll start by pursuing the Group Fit certification, continuing to write and diving into this website more. While this is a completely new professional field for me, I know how fitness has changed my life like nothing else, and I want to share that.
And thanks, Karen, for the referral! I’ll be looking into that.