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!
First great job on passing the certification. This is a great industry to be in. I agree with those who’ve suggested on keeping your current job until you start making enough money to support yourself. It takes time to build enough clients that will get you the income you need to survive.
My advice would be to start at a gym and not as a front desk attendant. You need to devote your time in training as many clients as you can, so you could gain enough training experience. The more clients you train, the more experienced you will become. You could start as a part-timer until you are training enough clients that will bring you the money you need. Another thing to keep in mind is the fact that unless you are hired as a full-time employee at a gym you might not have an access to any benefits (including health insurance). You will also need to get a liability insurance for yourself to be legally protected by any mishaps with clients. IDEA has access to a great insurance company (http://www.ideafit.com/fitness-insurance).
Always perform fitness assessments on new clients and check their health history before starting training them. Signing a Par-Q is also another mandatory step. I hope this helps and good luck.