just about to push to go into a career as a personal trainer and was just woundering if I can do half in a gym half as a personal trainer so I will be able to build my client basis up without jumping in the deep end, cause I still need a steady income and cant afford to be earning basically nothing in my first month. I have been told its illegal to do so by someone but sounded like bull**** as I know some people who have done it. just need some clarifaction or some documentation to show if it is or is not. any help is appreciated.
I’m pretty sure that it depends on the gym that you work at. Some of the gyms will make you sign a clause in their documentation that limits you from training only their clients. I would make sure to confirm with the gym before you sign with them. If you go for a big corporate gym, there is a higher chance of this happening compared to going to a personal training studio or a local gym.
I strongly recommend doing what you are doing though. Starting out even part-time in a gym setting will help you get your feet wet and also spread the word about how great your services are. Keep up the hard work!
Hello Adam Beattie,
It is illegal if you sign a non compete agreement with a gym. You might do best to work in a gym; since, that is where most of the serious clients are looking for personal training, in order for you to have steady income in the beginning.
You could also work as an independent contractor in a gym; but, would still owe fees to the gym.
Speak with the gym owner/manager to find out what option is the right fit for you and if you like that place. Try visiting different places you may want to work and see how the environment feels during different times and days of the week.
Good luck with your career.
Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit.
You can be self employed and also work in a gym at the same time, but I guess it depends on whether or not you have a contract with the gym. The gym/facility you choose may want you to sign a contract with an non-solicitation clause saying you will not solicit their clients for your business. A non-compete is also used by some, but I would never sign a non-compete with anyone, personally. You may want to consult an attorney if you can to go over the legalities and any contracts involved.
I have my own in-home training business, train at a local rec center, and also do some independent contracting around town (and yes, there are fees involved). It works for me.
Best of luck to you!
It can be totally legal, if you’re up front when you sign your contract with the gym and have it written in a way that allows you to do so.
What I would be careful of, however, is any hint or appearance that you are using your job at the gym to develop clients who will pay you outside the gym. Your main job isn’t an ethical place to recruit clients for other services.
I have worked in that dual role for years. As Nancy states, it is important, though, not to give the appearance that you work at a gym to solicit clients for your own business.