It seems to me that 10 years ago, Personal Trainer Careers didn’t even exist! But now I hear ads all over the place about getting certified as a personal trainer and job placement is guaranteed.
And if you are a fit person, it sounds very attractive. Get a job doing what you love and helping people at the same time? Boom, I’m in…
Well I can tell you from first hand that nothing is always as it seems. 10 years ago the Personal Trainers at the big box gyms were making 6 figure salaries doing what they loved and life was good. Then the gyms decided to cut the Personal Trainer salary and the whole landscape changed.
Now the business is full of part time trainers instead of a few full time highly skilled professionals. And that is absolutely not a bad thing! However, if you want to be a mover and a shaker now days, it takes a little more persistence and having the right information in the beginning.
There are several Personal Trainer Careers that can develop into something you truly enjoy, I just warn you, do your research before you start!
5 Blunders New Trainers Make
When I started my career as a personal trainer, I just picked a certification outfit without doing much research. Then I fought an up hill battle when it came time to getting a job.
1 Getting The Wrong Certification
There are a ton of Personal Training Certifications out there and you should do your research before you get started. Some certs like NASM offer job placement or your money back….but is it the right one for you?
I chose my cert by asking an independent trainer which one they recommend. However, once I was certified I had trouble getting a job because it was not the preferred cert of the industry.
Ugh! That was frustrating!
Tip: Read my top Personal Training Certifications and pick the right one for you!
2 Doing It For The Wrong Reason
If you are interested in Personal Trainer Careers because you hear you can set your own hours…walk away! Yes we have a flexible schedule, but its not as flexible as you think. Have you ever had your job call in sick on you? No? Well, as a Trainer it happens all the time. And if you are not invested in someones overall health and life, you will only see it as an inconvenience to you.
Tip: A successful Personal Training career starts with your investment in your client and their goals!
3 You Know How To Workout
Just because you know how to workout, doesn’t mean you have what it takes to help someone lose weight and get in shape without getting injured. I have seen trainers send clients to the hospital because they didn’t know what they were doing.
Tip: You must have the desire to learn, and truly understand what motivates people!
4 You Want To Help Everyone
If you want to help everyone, you will end up helping no one! Pick your specialty, and become really good at one thing! Then you will have a ton of clients and you own little tribe of followers.
So many times I meet trainers trying to do it all, yet the strength and conditioning coach or youth fitness coach is crushing it. Look at the Medical industry, there is a special Doctor that just does feet! That’s it, and they have a career built on one body part.
Tip: Differentiate yourself from your competition!
5 Spending Money In The Wrong Places
Once you are certified, the biggest thing you need is clients. Don’t waste your time getting more and more certifications until you have a good book of business. Remember, you can’t teach experience and more certifications does not equal more clients.
If you take care of the clients you have, they will take care of you by referring their friends.
Tip: Learn your craft by doing and add certifications as your career develops.
Lay A Good Foundation
Personal Trainer Careers can take you in many directions. Whether you want to be a Personal Trainer, Yoga Instructor, or Strength and Conditioning coach, you are choosing a growth industry. Just remember, this is a people business and that is how you will build a fantastic career.
Start in the right place and don’t make these Personal Trainer Blunders!