How To Get Started As A Personal Trainer

With so many people across the country being overweight, it only makes sense to put yourself in a position to help those who struggle with health.  

The health and fitness industry offers a variety of career paths to choose from so that you can make an impact in the world.  

One profession in particular is personal trainer.  With the rise of obesity, also comes the rise of those wanting to become personal trainers.  

But what are the steps for one to get started. In this article I will go over how to get started as a personal trainer.

Choose A Niche

We can agree that the health and fitness industry is a very broad one.  So it helps when starting off as a personal trainer to figure out what you plan on specializing in.  Some categories include:

  • Youth Sports
  • Women
  • General Population
  • Seniors
  • Athletes
  • Weight Loss

These are just to name a few.  Figuring out what you plan on being an expert at, will help you go a long way when it comes to being a successful trainer.  

If you’re not sure yet what you want to specialize in , then that is ok.  Sometimes it take a little while to figure out what you like and what your strengths and weaknesses are.

Career as a Full or Part-Time Trainer

The next thing you want to consider is if this is something you want to make a career and do full-time, or just something you’re doing for some extra cash.  

One thing you need to understand is that in order to be successful in this industry as a personal trainer, you need to do it full-time.  Starting off trying to build clients can take a while, so doing this part-time will only get you part-time results.

Get Certified With an Accredited Program

The most important step if you are someone that is serious about taking it to the next level, is making sure you get certified.  You want to make sure you certification is from an accredited place like American Council on Exercise (ACE), or National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).  

There are many more, but these are two highly accredited certification programs to help you with your training.  You may here from some that you don’t need to be certified to train clients, and yes this is true, but if you are serious about this, then it’s important that you do.  

A couple of reason I will explain in the next section.

Employee or Self-Employed

Most of the time when someone is getting started in their personal training career, they decide to get employed by a gym.  It’s a great way to get experience, steady income, and also learn what niche you would like to specialize in.

If you’re like me and would rather go it on you own, then you should know that it takes a lot of work since your income is dependent on how you market yourself.  You have to manage all of your finances and treat it like a business.

Also as mentioned in the previous section, if you’re not certified by an accredited program, most gyms will not hire you, and insurance companies will not insure you if self-employed.  So making sure you get certified is key if you are serious about doing this long term.

Find A Fitness Facility To Train Clients

If you decide to work for a gym, then finding the space to train will be no issue as this is the benefit of being employed by a gym.  But if you plan on going independent, then finding space is probably one of the hardest things to do.  

Finding a gym or studio that will allow you to train your clients in their facility can be tough as many of them fear you will be taking their clients from them.  So this is something you want to keep in mind as you decide which path to take.

My Final Thoughts

These are just the basics of how to get started as a personal trainer.  The great thing about being in the fitness industry is being able to try different things to create income.  Just don’t limit yourself to personal training since you only make money if you are training clients.  

Especially in the world of technology, putting yourself out there with something like a website is a great way to help more people with less effort.  Being successful in this industry is about being able to think outside the box.  So get the creative juices flowing.  

As always, if you have any thoughts or questions, please don’t be afraid to share below.  

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