Are you considering becoming a personal trainer? Learn how it changed my life!
Years ago I was sitting in my office job thinking how much I wanted more out of my career. I had been working in my “trade” for a while and was doing quite well. But, at that time the job market was scarce and I felt that, at anytime, I could lose my job.
As I looked out into the job market all the jobs really didn’t seem to differ. And if I was to lose my job, I would be out there competing for a few jobs among a ton of qualified candidates. Not to say that I wasn’t qualified, but companies were starting to go cheap and hire the lowest bidder.
At that point I decided I needed a back up plan that would essentially be recession proof. And that is when I started thinking about becoming a personal trainer.
Turning a Hobby into a Career
Personally I was going to the gym a lot and had become friends with some of the trainers. Since I had experience as an athlete and knew the fundamentals of strength training, I thought becoming a personal trainer would be a great part time job.
From that point on I was doing what I possible could to learn what was need to be a successful personal trainer.
- Do you need an exercise science degree?
- Do you need a personal trainer certification?
- What would a hiring manager look for?
These were all the questions on my mind, and here is what I found…
- You don’t need a college degree
- You need to get hired
- You need a certification that everyone accepts
And Boom just like that I was getting certified by the gold standard of the fitness industry.
Now, I am on my way to take my passion for fitness, and turn it into part time income! What I didn’t know, was that it would be more successful than my current ‘day job’.
What Becoming a Personal Trainer did for me
After I got certified, I soon began training part time at a local rec center. It was my first Personal Training job and I felt like I had no idea what I was doing. I mean, I had many years of experience training myself and doing every exercise program out there, but I never once trained anyone else.
After being there only a few weeks, my clients were participating in a biggest loser style weight loss challenge. I didn’t do what the other trainers did, I just stuck to my program and pushed everyone.
And the results? My clients won every category I trained in and I even set a record weight loss for the couples division.
At that point I knew becoming a personal trainer was the right decision!
Getting Laid Off
As expected my volatile job soon lived up to its expectations! I was laid off and on the open job market. But it was in the back of my mind that if I was such a good personal trainer, why don’t I pursue that career?
Sometimes we all need a little push!
And that is exactly what the layoff did! Since I was working part time at the rec center, my day job got busy and I had to quit. But now, my day job pushed me out the door, I was free to start a career in fitness.
Here were my steps to becoming a Personal Trainer:
- Getting Certified
- Getting my feet wet with my first job
- Getting hired by the big gym
- Starting a Personal Business
A Future in Fitness
It took me getting laid off to eventually pursue my passion for fitness and help others. I started off at a big box gym and I couldn’t have done it without this personal trainer certification.
From there, I built up a great clientele and then opened my own Personal Training business.
Today, I am more successful than I was in the corporate world, have a flexible schedule, and earn great money. I never thought becoming a personal trainer would be the best move I ever made.