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!
This is all great advice and while I feel I’d like to go independent at some point, I fully intend to start at a gym (hopefully boutique with 1 to a few locations not a big box gym) and I actually had a phone interview this morning which is progressing to an in person interview BUT has a practical component where I will either do a one-on-one session or lead a small group of trainers in a class
needless to say I am very intimidated but he does know I haven’t had professional experience training or leading before.
I’m not sure the details (wants me to think on my feet) but I’m more concerned about if i need to take them through a physical assessment or just discuss past history and goals and design a session from that. Also if they throw injuries at me, like a knee injury I feel I should voice what we will not do like single leg squats but that it’s still important to work those muscles to make them stronger and do modified exercises like not as deep squats with no weights. I’m really excited but feel a little over my head!
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 (https://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.
Don’t quite your job until you have a plan. You want to explore all of the viable personal trainer options in your area to be sure you can generate enough income for yourself. Also you want to evaluate the advancement opportunities at your present job to those of any possible personal trainer jobs you may land. Lastly, be sure you understand how you will be able to grow your clientele base once you land a personal trainer job.
Wow, I can’t believe its been a year!
I quit my job last May and began working with a small company that partnered with high rises for one-on-one training to get my feet wet and see how the business side of things worked.
During that time I met up with a few area trainers to pick their brain and make more connections. In September I launched my own independent training and site (www.sjkfitness.com) and have 8 clients of my own!
It really does just take time to feel comfortable but so far I’m really enjoying it and have gotten my Health Coaching cert (ACE) and last week completed my RRCA run coaching cert!
Thanks for asking, I love this site and use it often, even going to the conference this week 🙂