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.
congratulations on your accomplishments!
It is wonderful that you want to take your personal experience and turn it into something to share with others.
You will need a certification at any rate. I believe even a fitness-related degree will not suffice to get liability insurance which you need for your business. Many clubs (certainly the one where I teach classes) require a personal trainer certification because it means that you are obliged to take continuing education which is not required once you have a degree.
However, there are some advanced certifications at ACSM for example where a degree in physiology is mandatory. They tend to be more clinical in nature but if you want to go this route you should consider a degree after all.
My personal recommendation for a personal trainer certification is NASM. Not only do they an excellent CPT certification but they also have some very respected specialty certifications if you want to go deeper into certain areas.
Good luck to you.