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.