I am NASM certified. I am thinking of starting an In home business. What are your thoughts of starting with out prior personal training experience. Do you think I should do the gym trainer route first? I have been a professional horse trainer for 20+ years, so working with people at their goals is comfortable for me. I can not however say, I have helped x people achieve their weight loss or body muscle goals.
Thanks in advance
I do both. I work for a gym and also provide home fitness training too. I agree that there are pros and cons of both. The advantage of a gym is seeing all your clients in one place. No travel time means you can book back-to-back sessions seeing one client after another. This means that whilst you earn less in essence you will probably see more clients than when you’re mobile and traveling to clients. The other advantage of gym training is the amount of new clients that are available. You have an instant pool of prospective clients to offer your services to.
The downside of the gym is competition from other trainers can be fierce with many clubs having way too many personal trainers, meaning there’s not always enough work to go around. You should therefore check out the club first that you’re thinking of working for.
However all this is valuable experience and most trainers go down this route before becoming an in-home trainer. Setting up a business requires a great deal more work and you have to have great time-management and marketing skills to bring in new business and manage your clients successfully. Once you have some experience of being a personal trainer though at a gym, it does make the process easier and will give you more confidence. I work in a gym and do in-home visits, so I have income coming from both, which keeps my options open.
Great answers, everyone. Although there are definitely pros and cons, I agree with Michael that getting experience working in a gym offers a lot of advantages. Your experience horses and working with clients is certainly a plus. As you gain experience and confidence in your skills as a personal trainer I suspect that you’ll when it’s time to answer your own question.
Congrats on your certification by NASM. I takes a lot of effort and dedication.
I also agree with the above views. I started as a trainer at the YMCA 20years ago and then I worked at different gyms and personal training studios. The last 4 years I have my own business and I’m still learning new things every day. The one thing I’ve learned, is that joining networking groups is the best way of meeting people and getting access to new clients.
Good luck and congrats in becoming a Personal Trainer.