A little bit on me; I have a strong athletic background, have passed my CPT and am currently working towards a Health Coach certification but now find myself in the what-the-hell-do-I-do-now point of the process. I’m ready to leave my job so I can immerse myself in the fitness world but am wondering the best path to take.
I understand its going to be slow to start building clients so am thinking about either looking at multiple gyms or doing front desk or something…it’s exciting but nerve wracking too! I know there’s not one way to get started and would love all of your experiences from those who’ve been at this long enough to own their own practice to those who have been training 2 months…Thanks for any to-dos or not-to-dos!
My opinion is that it depends on what your current job/financial situation is. I can tell you my personal experience was that I quit my job and found a personal training job at a large gym that could “feed” me clients to get my client base built up. I learned a lot about how to effectively train people while working there and studied up about how to run a business in my own free time. After about 2 years, I had exhausted the knowledge I felt I could obtain from others at the gym and done a lot of studying on business. So I made the leap to doing business on my own. This worked for me but it definitely wouldn’t work for everyone, especially if you can’t financially stay above water while you start out your first training job. It wasn’t hard for me though because I didn’t have many financial commitments and was already not making very much money.
Good luck to you,