The other day I was talking to a trainer that was considering going to the big box gym but really didn’t want to. The biggest thing I think that holds people back from working for a big gym is that they eventually want their own business and don’t want to be restrained by corporate rules.
If you have a little ambition, no matter what industry, isn’t that always the goal?
Guess what buttercup…you need the experience!!!
You need the big gym as much as it needs you! Trust me, I was there once and so were all the other trainers out there that are running successful personal training businesses.
If you want to be successful in the fitness industry, make a difference for you and your clients, then start by working for a big gym. Yep, I said it…suck it up, swallow your pride, and go apply!!!
What To Expect When Working For A Big Gym
When I started my career as a Personal Trainer I began at a rec center. I just got my personal trainer certification and was starting my first part-time personal trainer job. I thought I didn’t know what I was doing until my clients were getting amazing results. And then my new client flow was like gangbusters, everyone wanted to train with me because of the results I delivered.
Concentrate on getting results and the clients and money will come!
Now that I got the training fears out of the way and was shredding fat like a cheese grater, my schedule was full. So much so, I had forgotten my issues with working for a big gym.
Big Gym Big Profit
When you are working for a big gym, the Personal Training department is their highest profit center. And with that comes hard work and dedication to building your clientele.
You will have sales goals and session goals to keep up with the fitness managers profit goals. Overall, fitness is a business in the big gym and in order to keep the lights on you are expected to have a full training schedule.
The good news is that in order for the big gym to be successful, you need to be successful. So they do what they can to help you get there. They will post on social media, do videos to introduce you, and offer specials.
The major benefit of working for a big gym is that they have the resources and training available to help you develop and build your business.
The Three Types Of Gyms
Personally, I worked for two gyms and found my experiences very different.
This was my first experience and by far the most positive (kind of). The benefit here was that I had no quotas and they would feed me clients without request. The pay was better per hour than the big box gym but there were no incentives or bonuses. If you are just starting out, this is a great place.
The Big Box (open 24hrs a day)
Working for the big boy on the block was also a positive experience, but I felt like they wanted me to shake my clients until all of their money came out of their pockets. Training was the first point of sale, then supplements, then activity trackers, sports drinks…the list went on and on.
Expect to have quotas on training, sessions, and supplements. Its part Personal Training and part sales and marketing. If you get good at doing it all and want to move up the ladder, this is a perfect place for you! To learn from the best you should work with the best! Take what they teach you and decided what level you want to involve your clients.
I have participated in this niche as a client and had some great takeaways. As a Personal Trainer, I believe it is a perfect place to work part time and start a fitness business. Orangetheory or Yoga studios are perfect! Most of your workouts are so different from Personal Training, once the clients get to know you, they may approach you to find out if you offer other services than group training. And since these studios don’t offer that as a service, you are not really going against their fitness mission.
Working for a big gym really is a fast track to success in the fitness industry. You may find that you like it and want to stay, or that its not for you. Either way, you will gain great experience working with a diverse clientele in a short amount of time. I definitely developed my own style while I was learning. Now my fruit of success are growing abundantly from the seeds I planted in the beginning.