I lost over 100 pounds however I am not at my goal of 130 lean muscle. I am still in works on that and I am enjoying the journey and learning more things about my body and how nutrition plays a major part. I goal is to compete Figure Pro. I will do it because I am determine. Everyone I’ve shared nutrition and weights and exercise regime with encourage me to become a personal trainer. I’ve been stewing it over for a long time and decided it would be most rewarding to do what I enjoy doing to maintain my healthy lifestyle and helping others while I do it. I just don’t know how should I go about breaking into the fitness industry. do I focus on the personal trainer certificates and then market myself or go back to school and get a BS in health fitness and then tap into the cert on to building a business for myself. I already know I want to have my own studio and not work at a gym but I will do it part time to learn the business before I go strong on my own. Any and all suggestion and advice is most welcome.
First off, congratulations on what you’ve done so far with your own personal health & fitness goals – that’s quite an accomplishment. Although I’m a huge proponent of formal education, I think you paid enough dues as far as that goes. The fact that you were thinking about going back to school says a lot about your integrity. I would definitely concentrate on getting certified by one of the top organizations – NSCA, ACSM, ACE, etc. I went the “NSCA” route (CSCS), but I’m sure someone else in this forum has a better recommendation than me about that since I was certified 20 years ago. Best of luck to you – my bet is that you’ll do just fine.