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, there is a lot of wisdom to be gained by working in a gym first if your goal is to go in business for yourself. The gym is of course a business so if you work there you can see how they do things. What do you think works and doesn’t work? All this can help you.
Also, in a gym you get to interact with many different types of trainers – not just NASM trainers. What do they do that you like – and dont like. NASM is a fine organization but there is valuable lessons to be learned from other professionals. you wont learn this if you go directly to being self employed.
Also, it sounds like you have only trained horses so far. Yes, you have worked with the horses owners but that is still different than working with the people themselves.
I understand a lot of new trainers may not like working in big box gyms -because of the pressure to sell – so if that is you, then apply at a YMCA or JCC as these are less sales-oriented.
I hope some of this helps Lisa.