Hi everyone. Early this year I made the unlikely decision to become a personal trainer. I say “unlikely,” because I didn’t think of myself as the ideal candidate for the job: I’m in my 50s, I don’t like gyms, and I’ve never been a competitive athlete. But I’ve been a regular exerciser my whole life, have tried lots of different fitness methods, and have enjoyed experimenting with different movement disciplines. As I looked around, I noticed a lot of people my age and older who seemed to have given up on their physical health, and I thought it would be worthwhile to try to help some of them get back into functionality. I decided my target market would be people like me: boomer adults who may not be gym goers.
Last week I completed the first step: I passed my NASM exam. But I’m uncertain what’s the next best move. As I want to work with older adults, I was thinking about taking NASM’s course for senior clients. I’m also very interested in NASM’s Corrective Exercise certification.
But I’m wondering if I should stop with the “book learning” for now and just start getting some practical experience under my belt. I’ve done only a few assessments as part of my studies, and I’m pretty far from feeling competent/confident in performing them. I was thinking of approaching some gyms like the local Y and the JCC to see about volunteering there, but again, my interest is in not working in a gym. (Or should that matter at this point?)
Any thoughts, insights, suggestions? Thanks everyone.
Congratulations on passing your exam! That is very exciting and rewarding (and a little bit of a relief!).
I also agree with Harris about looking to your local Y or community center. I train/teach a few hours a week at my local rec center, and they have a senior center there. Great opportunity for you to gain some experience. And, just like Harris mentioned, there is no sales pressure (which is why I really enjoy it). You are there to help people with their program–period. No sales pressure.
You may want to find another trainer/mentor that you can shadow to learn the ropes.
As for your age, you will find it will be a benefit to you and those you train. The age of my own clientele is growing–and many are baby-boomers wanting to now take care of themselves. It is a wonderful population to work with (but don’t let age fool you–many will defy their age!)
Best wishes to you,