If you have a passion for fitness and want to help others, then I say go for it. You may find that there is a great market specifically for your age group. I am 47, and find that many people my age want a trainer who understands and can relate to our age group–both with regard to physical changes and social aspects. The baby boomer age group is also wanting to take care of themselves, and there is a bigger market for them right now. However, you could find your niche in any age range of individuals.
Again, if you have the passion to do this, I say go for it! There are trainers out there for every kind of client.
Best wishes to you,
Hello Ronald Hill,
Belated Memorial Day thanks to you.
Yes, of course you are more than welcome to join the allied health field. You have the extra trait of a military background to help in many ways; personal training is more than the physical aspect of health. Furthermore, the older population will relate to you better than a youngster and they are the ones with time and money, anyway. Not to mention, the older adult population out numbers the rest of the age groups.
Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit.
I did not get into the fitness field until I was 40. As the others have said before me, being in age close to your clients has advantages.
Having said that, the greatest challenge for novice trainers is to recognize that others of similar age are not in the same physical shape or mental frame as you are. But all of this, you will learn as you study to be a personal trainer. In the end, your interpersonal skills will have as much to do with your success as your training.
It will still be a slow process getting started. So while you are transitioning into the fitness field, don’t quite your day job.
I wish you luck and success.