Hello, I am an 18 year old female and I am dedicated to becoming a fitness trainer not only because its a great career, but also because I love it. I think it would be a great place to start I love working with people and I love fitness. At times it is hard because there are so many different routs to take and so many things to learn but I am convinced in going through with this. I would love any imput that I can get good or bad. Thank You
I will ask you the following questions if you feel this is your life’s calling.
1. How long have you yourself been training?
2. Are you able to do ALL exercises [including more than 1 pullup]
3. Are you able to deal with family and friends that promise to do things with & for you then blow you off repeatedly?
4. Are you willing to work with clients who hate working out & will not listen to anything you ask of them?
As a trainer of 16 yrs. I wish I was asked these things. One issue I will note is that if YOU love training, understand 80% of your clients will NOT. In turn, you will also deal with lots of people who will ‘fail you’ meaning that if you cannot deal with clients not getting into shape & at times, blaming you…you will not love this.
As for the job part, you will have clients with injuries & understand that you hold their safety in your hands.You will not just pay for a certification [$1500+] opr school [however much college is] you will also need to re-certify every 2-3 yrs [$250-500], have your own insurance [$100 a yr. give opr take] AND youll need CEUs [5-20 within time between re-certifications]. A CEU class will run $200 and way upwards.
You will begin each yr in the hole and will have to market yourself against LOTS of other trainers & clients who want a specific type of trainer or dont want to pay for your time.
Understand that you can make this a job – but youll need a side job if you live on your own. This, in the year of the fitbit, IG online trainer and youtube enthusiast is NOT a real job.
I thoroughly encourage you to earn at least a two year degree in exercise science even if it is at your local community college and progress from there.
Without being presumptuous, from your name I am assuming you are a Latina. As an African American fitness professional, I urge you to earn the best credentials in the industry by FIRST earning your degree and then earning fitness credentials.
I suggest this as there are not many Latino/a degreed fitness professionals who know their craft well and there is a HUGE market in the spanish speaking community.
I am very passionate about seeing more “minority” fitness professionals excel in the fitness industry. If this is what you want to do go BIG early and set yourself apart from the rest.
I wish you all the success you dream!
Hello Prizma Vazquez,
Good for you; this is a very uplifting career.
You will want to be NCCA certified if not getting a bachelor’s degree.
Study, study, and study; take this seriously. The more you learn, the better trainer you will be.
Do what you love and do your best at it.
Always be punctual; your time is not more valuable than someone else’s time.
Good luck to you and enjoy.
Everyone gave very good advice. You also wanted to hear about the bad side. So here it goes: Don’t expect to make a ton of money right away. Don’t get me wrong, it could happen, definitely, but just don’t expect it to. Always remember why you got into the profession to begin with, because you want to help people. The more you are passionate about your job the more people will see that and the more people will want to work with you.
There will be times that you cannot help someone. And that’s ok. Whether it’s because you can’t fit them into your schedule, they are a different personality or they need help outside your scope, or whatever the case may be don’t get discouraged. In the beginning you want to help everyone, but you need to recognize you can’t (and you will burn out quickly trying).
The most important thing is stay passionate about what you love and the rest will fall into place.