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
Hi Lisa. Quick question before I get into my answer to your question. As a horse trainer, were you in business for yourself or working for someone? The reason I ask is that this ‘may’ have an impact on how I answer YOUR question. If you’ve been in business for yourself before, then I could probably dispense with trying to give the typical admonishments that I would give someone totally new to having a business. I’m going to answer assuming that you have been in business for yourself so please correct me if I’m wrong.
I think that given your long history of working with clients in the past, given your business history, and given the fact that you’ve already honed your ‘people skills,’ it MAY not be necessary to go the gym route before starting your own practice. Some of the reasons many new trainers start in gyms are 1. to learn the ropes of dealing with people, 2. become more proficient in programming and training for fitness, 3. costs (it’s much cheaper to work in an already equipped gym than purchasing your own equipment) and more. It sounds like you’re already beyond #1, and perhaps #3 if in your previous career you’ve been able to sock away some funds to help you now. The type of equipment you will want/need for a home-training business is NOT as costly as if you were opening your own studio, so that’s a good thing. Where you may need help is with #2! What if any previous exercise and programming experience do you have? You say that you cannot say that you’ve helped x number of people in the past, but do you have ANY experience in this area? In-home training requires more creativity in the way of programming (in my opinion) because you have less equipment to rely upon. I’ve done a lot of in-home and outdoor training, and while I LOVE both, it’s definitely not for everyone since some trainers are more comfortable working with actual machines. What’s your preference/
I hope that some of my answer, and some of my questions will be helpful to you.