Need some advice, move quite a bit/since turning 50 a few yrs ago have had some aches/pains catch up with me but still in good shape/exercise everyday but due to some issues have not been able to work for past 2 yrs and want to still help others feel good but on a more flex schedule; mainly as a trainer/love senior population over hardcore weight lifting now; can you help? Thank u Linda/LMT/PT/FT feel lost on how to handle my situation
Opportunity is what you make of your skills and abilities in this industry. While being attractive or young may give an advantage initially, skills and abilities will be the most important attributes in the long run.
Education is the only way to acquire more skills and abilities. I know that in my area, there is literally no one else with my skill set. No one can deliver the services that I can. It took time for people who need my services to see my ads or hear about what I provide. But once I was established and built a history of providing unmatched services, most of my business came to me by word of mouth.
I am as busy as I want to be. My workload cycles a bit, but I market/advertise my business just enough to keep my numbers where I want them. If things slow down more than expected, I would do more marketing in response.
I am 57 years old and am doing very well as a personal trainer. One big thing in my favor is my age. Most of my clients are right there with me, and that is where th demographics for personal training is. They also feel that they can relate to me better than to a person mych younger.
But you need to treat this as a business. You did not enter a profile but say that you are a massage therapist. If you do not have a personal trainer certification, I recommend you get one. A combination of personal training and massage is a winning pair.
I wish you good luck.
Industry leaders will tell you that working with people over 50 is a growth industry – so true. They are looking for positive role models to help them stay active as they age. Three years ago I pushed the midlife re-set button and left a 20 year career to focus first on my health and then I decided I wanted to help others. It has been an amazing experience and I am continually inspired by the people I meet. I work part time out of 2 gyms now; it took me 6 months after getting certified to get up the courage to approach a gym as a 49 year old and ask for a job. I am blessed that the trainers I work with, while younger than me, are just really wonderful people and very generous with their support of me and each other. Overall the response has been fabulous and some members have told me they appreciate having someone closer to their age to train with because I understand the aches/pains/hormone changes etc. Not that it makes me go easy on them 🙂 In addition to personal training, I took the bootcamp idea and created an outdoor walkFIT program at one gym – all low impact exercises combined with brisk walking. I also work with teenaged athletes on injury prevention. My clients are all ages. Have FUN and good luck!
This is a great question to ask. I believe you need to follow what you have a passion for. If you want to help others learn to be healthy through exercise then I say do it. You will need to get a certification through ACE, ISSA or NASM. If you are going to be an independent contractor then you will need at least two certifications. It also helps to go to a well known gym in your area and ask them if you can intern. I would also get informed about your special population by means of media. Social media is huge right now and you can learn a lot by followint others in the industry. Hope this helps. Good Luck!