The steps to become a Personal Trainer are different for each person, however these 5 steps to become a personal trainer will fully prepare you for an exciting career in fitness! Personal Training is much more than workouts, sweat, and repetitions. It is gaining a personal connection with your clients to help them overcome their own obstacles that keep them in an unhealthy lifestyle.
If you want to become a Personal Trainer then you must have a burning desire to help people achieve personal goals that they cannot achieve on their own. If you think you know your way around the gym and have gotten results for yourself, that does not necessarily mean you will be a successful personal trainer.
Having a passion for fitness and the skill to get results is just the beginning. For those of us who “get” the gym, we know what it takes to get great results. But, your clients don’t have as much of an ability to say NO to the pressures of an unhealthy lifestyle.
Before I became a personal trainer I had years of experience working with people. It was that expereince, combined with my knowledge of strength and conditioning that developed into a rewarding career.
Now that you know what it takes, here are the steps to become a Personal Trainer.
5 Steps to Become a Personal Trainer
1 Understand the Demand
With obesity at an all time high, Personal Trainers are needed more now than ever before! Healthcare costs are rising as the biggest generation starts to retire in record numbers. And as you may know or believe, exercise and diet is the number one pill that will keep away father time.
In Colorado or other outdoor states, fitness is on top of peoples list of what is important to them. If people aren’t getting some sort of exercise, most likely it is in the back of their mind and soon they will be looking for you.
In the Midwest and Southern states where the food is good to eat, but not so good for you, there is a greater demand for Personal Trainers. But before you consider all the opportunity, also consider the desire to make changes. If you find an uphill battle with desire, partnering with a health professional may be your key to getting more Personal Training Clients.
2 Know what it takes
This ain’t no desk job! As a Personal Trainer you are up movin’ and groovin’ all day training clients, teaching a class, or conducting nutrition seminars. It is early mornings and late evenings. But, if you have a passion for what you do, and the desire to help people, you may not even notice the odd hours.
3 Get Certified
Now that you know you want to become a Personal Trainer it is time to get certified. With your Personal Trainer Certification you will unlock the Pandora’s door to unlimited options in the fitness business. Your Personal Training Certificate will be your foundation for fitness education, and prerequisite for all continuing education specialties.
4 Get Hired
Because of the high demand of Personal Trainers, Fitness Manager look for a couple of things:
- The Right Certification
- A People Person
- A Desire for Success
Just because you are a gym rat doesn’t mean you will be a successful trainer!
Once you have a foot in the door and become a Personal Trainer, a Specialization will help you separate yourself from the other trainers.
These areas include:
- Group Fitness Instruction
- Senior Fitness
- Strength and Conditioning
- Youth Fitness
- Fitness with Injuries
The sky really is the limit!
Start a Career in Fitness
The fitness industry is billion dollar industry and you can take part! Having a job you want and like is soo much more rewarding than getting stuck in the rat race of the corporate world. Some of the bigger gyms are very corporate, however they are nothing like the corporate environment of a desk job.
Ready. Set. GOOO!!! Use these 5 Steps to Become a Personal Trainer and start your journey today!