Several years ago I earned my Personal Trainer Certification from AFPA. At the time I was employed full time outside the fitness field, and looking to land my first job in the fitness business, part time if necessary, but I was hoping for full time.
At first glance there seems to be endless options for the new trainer, local chain gyms always have a need for personal trainers as do smaller club style gyms. The YMCA is also an option.
Off I went to the local chain gyms, eager to jump into the game. Unfortunately, I found out rather quickly, that most of your time is spent giving free trial sessions to new gym members versus actual training. Most of the time, these people never showed up to these sessions, and you end up wasting an hour of your time.
Quickly realizing that the personal training route wasn't lucrative, (or fun for me) and the leg work wasn't paying off, I decided to search for a group fitness gig. Craigslist can be hit or miss with these opportunities, fortunately, I got a hit.
A local karate studio called me in to do a kickboxing class three times per week. I never taught kickboxing before, and had only seen it on DVDs. But, I took the job that was offered. Seventy five dollars per week was my pay. My fitness career had begun, and my first class had a whopping three people. But by the time I left the karate studio, I grew the class tremendously.
So, you are ready to start a career in fitness? Here are ten things you must know.
1.Be comfortable in front of people.
You will be the authority in training your clients, wether in a one on one session or a group class, you need to be comfortable giving orders.
2. Learn to sell.
Not only are you a trainer, but you are a salesperson as well.
Learn to market your business as well as sell. Sales and marketing go hand in hand.
4. Don't be afraid to fail.
You will screw up workouts, forget exercises and draw blanks when your speaking at a crucial moment. That's the short list of things that could go wrong.
5. Have fun.
Enjoy what you do. A huge thing that motivated me as a coach was seeing a client master an exercise or reach a personal record, or weight loss goal. Have fun with your clients, be personable and entertaining.
6. Build a team.
Spartan runs, Tough Mudder and other groups have awesome events that you can rally people behind to stay motivated towards a specific fitness goal.
7. Create your own events.
This is a great way to bring recognition to yourself and your training. Night time burden runs, trail runs and other things can be done to bring attention to you and your brand.
8. Invite your friends.
Remember, you are now in business for yourself, invite as many of your friends as possible to work out WITH you. Friends will be more comfortable participating in a workout with you versus by your command.
9. Learn, do, repeat.
Don't be complacent, always be learning new exercises, and repeat the process.
Business, personal and financial. Break these up into manageable chunks. Need help with goal setting? There are plenty of books on the Amazon market, websites and even free apps to help you achieve more.
These are 10 things I wish I knew the day I started my fitness career. Trust me, there is a huge learning curve when you start, but if you remember these 10 tips, you will be ahead of the curve.
Good luck, and if you need more tips or help, please comment below!