as Joanne and Daniel stated, you can make a living in the fitness industry but it can also be challenging to get started.
Many trainers begin by working for a gym, and those positions are not known to pay a lot. Unfortunately, many gyms are more in the business of SELLING personal training that of providing QUALITY personal training, and that can lead to early frustration.
Getting off on your own has its own set of challenges because you have to build a client base, and you also have to decide what kind of trainer you want to be.
I have been in the industry for 17 years and have a stable income. But it took a number of years to get there. To be honest, I am not near the income I had when I worked with IBM. On the other hand, it’s been the most rewarding experience of my working career and I would not go back.
I can only recommend that you get your certification as a personal trainer. Just don’t quit your day job immediately.
It depends on how good you are! If you are professional, committed and dedicated to the improvement in the health and fitness of your clients you will make a good financial outcome. I suggest that you focus your attention on the fitness outcome of your clients, rather than on your financial income.
Hamed, there are so many variables to consider. Experience, where one lives, demand, whether one is an independent personal trainer or works in gym.
Personally, I believe if you are bilingual you have a greater earning power.
One of things I am working on is offering personal training courses to to the spanish speaking community as there is a need and we don’t see many personal trainers of latino background.
I really hope you decide to enter the industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics there is an expected growth of 29% in the health and fitness industry up until 2018.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
I became a trainer a few years ago, and I wasn’t making enough money to keep training. I was so sad that I was going to have to give it up and go back to a job in retail.
My friend told me about a personal trainer that mentored her and helper her build her business. The guy’s name is Stu and he has a website at www.TheSixFigureTrainer.com
He was nice enough to give me some advice on how to build my clients. I was at the wrong type of gym and I wasn’t marketing myself right. Once I switched gyms and changed the way I presented myself to potential clients, I was able to build up to about 10 full clients.
I’m at about 15 clients now, and I’ve grown my business to about $4,200 per month which is enough for me to keep training and growing my business full time.
It’s such a tough question because it all depends on how much work you put in. How much effort and how much of a career you want to make out of it. Are you looking to do just do it as a part time while you do something else? Are you trying to do it for a living and make a life out of it?
For me, when I first started, I went straight to work for myself. It was hard to make a living from it at first. I didn’t have a client base, I was building my business/clients up.
For quite sometime, I was part time trainer/business owner (so I worked another job as well). Now, though I’m a full time trainer, with my own facility and have two full time personal trainers. It was about 6 years in the making. Last year, was the last year I was the only trainer, my company made over 6 figure in revenue with me being the only trainer.
This year, I have two full time trainers and myself (so 3 trainers). I was able to pay myself a 6 figure salary. I work a ton, running and managing a business and also training. I LOVE IT THOUGH!
It’s really what you make out of it and how long you want to do it. For me, I was always in it for the long run. Year 1: I made about $13k part time, year 2: made about 23k part time, year 3 & 4, about 30k part time. As mentioned, year 7: I made 6 figure in revenue (being the only trainer), year 8: I made 6 figure in salary.
There are a lot of potential to do well, the place where you’ll make the most money is being a business owner. But are you cut out to be a business owner, do you want that work or responsibility?
MOST IMPORTANT: You need to help people in order to succeed, bad personal trainers don’t last long. So make helping people and transforming clients’ lives a priority! If you make helping people/clients achieve their fitness goals your priority then you will always have clients. Your successful clients will be a walking billboard for you.
I didn’t go into the field for money, if I did, I would have quit within the first few years. As you saw from above, since I was self employed I didn’t have enough clients to support myself at first. HOWEVER, after making a name for myself and helping countless of clients – the money really started to flow in.
If you are strictly looking for a career where you want to make a lot of money, I don’t think a personal trainer is the way to go. If you are looking to help people and are patient then it’s a good career.
Best of luck,