I have been struggling to find work since becoming certified and was curious if someone had any recommendations on where to gain experience in my area? I am located in the Kakamazoo/West Michigan area, I have a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology and am certified as a CPT, ACSM. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Have you tried to network with any of the established trainers in your area? Or look into whether any of the studios have independent contractor agreements to use the facility? Often trainers who operate their own studio are looking to bring someone in, but they haven’t met the right trainer.
I have moved a few times and most of the time, I found a part-time job asap on arriving in town. It didn’t matter what it was, as long as I was willing and able to do it. Then I networked as much as possible. I got quality business cards and gave them out to anyone that would take them. I told all the people that I met that I was “a starving artist looking to make some money as a personal trainer to support my art”. And when I finally got some clients, I treated (and still do) them like they were more important than money. Some of those people are still working with me now after 15 and 20 years. I try to teach all clients how to work out on their own, but I will work with anyone who stills enjoys my programs for as long as they want.