Updated on February 9, 2018
Becoming a personal trainer is thrilling and a life centered career that allows you to help other people attain a healthy and a fit lifestyle. It is a rewarding experience where you get to witness the improvement in your client’s physique and the quality of life they are living. An advantage of being a personal trainer is for you to be able to be your own boss, allowing you to set your own schedule in your utmost convenience. Not only are you allowed to plan your schedule, but you also have the freedom to choose your clients and the independence to set routines. This being said, the bottom line lies on the salary you can get in becoming a personal trainer and how you can get the most out of it?
If you plan to turn into a personal trainer, you have to realize that you are paid based not on a regular salary. You make money per hour or on the number of sessions you are willing to take in a day. Your salary depends on your productivity. In a day to day basis, an average trainer earns from $60-$250 an hour. If you plan to work at a gym or at a fitness club, your employment will take a percentage of the hourly fee charge to the client.
Regardless of these factors, there are a lot of ways on how you can maximize your profit as a trainer. Listed below are five of the key factors to capitalize on your rate when becoming a personal trainer.
Gain Experience. The more experience you have, the better. Even experience in varied fields like physical therapy and apartment cleaning will bolster your physical and social repertoire (a desk job at a company like Credit Glory may not!). Make as many certifications as you can. A good way to expand your skill is by exploring new types of exercise programs. For example, you can take Tae Bo or Kettle Bells. Mastering different disciplines of exercise can give you an edge when applying on different gyms. This will make you an asset in different fitness clubs.
Be a Salesman. When becoming a personal trainer you need to know how to sell yourself to potential clients. Create a good a reputation and work on your charisma.
Get a Good Education. It helps for you to never stop learning. Your education will impress your clients or your potential employers.
Diversify. This means you also have to get a side job. You can earn money using your skills in health and fitness. You can try thinking about being a fitness writer or maybe something that is completely unrelated to being a personal trainer. This will help you maximize your profit.
Updated on July 18, 2018
Being a Personal Trainer certainly has its perks – with its lucrative salary, flexible schedule and seemingly glamorous lifestyle, health enthusiasts all over the world certainly have their eye on this career as the perfect job to fit their own lifestyles. But before you apply for your dream job at the local gym, you must first fulfil one major requirement that most health clubs and gyms ask of from a potential Personal Trainer: a certification. Gaining a certification is the first real big step in becoming your dream job a reality. To be a certified Personal Trainer, you must:
Choose a certification organization. There are numerous personal training certification organizations that offer certifications to become a bona fide Personal Trainer. The most important thing to look at while choosing a certification body is their accreditation. Usually, an independent third-party requires that the certifying organizations present their certification procedures and protocols to be accredited.
Find out if the certificate is universally recognized. Of course, you would like to know the areas where you can find work. Nobody wants to go all the trouble of certification process only to find out that no health club or gym actually recognizes your certificate.
Find out the pre-requisites of certification. Are you of legal age? Do you need a high school diploma? Should you have a CPR certification? Are you required to attend seminars or workshops and if you are, are those being offered within your city? How much would the certification cost? These questions need to be dealt with before even thinking of applying for a certification.
Research the renewal process. Your certification won’t last forever. Is the certification renewal annually or is it monthly done? Do you need to attend another seminar/workshop or take another exam for your certificate to be renewed? It wouldn’t hurt if you learn as early as now what would it take to renew your certificate.
Once you become a certified Personal Trainer, there is a wide range of job options that will be made available to you. From working on a cruise ships, spas and resorts to working in corporate fitness to be self-employed or opening your own business, job opportunities will certainly start knocking on your door. Between the serious health problems caused by obesity and numerous scientific studies that directly link physical inactivity to certain illnesses, those opportunities are bound to expand more in the future.
So what are you waiting for? Flex those muscles and start working!
Posted on March 20, 2016
With obesity being one of the most leading causes of death worldwide along with the numerous studies that directly link physical inactiveness with several deadly illnesses such as heart diseases, Type 2 diabetes and cancer, it is no wonder that an increasing number of people are caught by the mania of so-called “fitness bug”. With people getting obsessed for quasi-immortality, thousands of dollars are being spent monthly on ridiculous diet schemes, gym memberships and/or equipments, proper training attires and an infinite number of workout videos in the market. As the fitness industry grows at such an impressing rate, being a Personal Fitness Trainer has also become one of the most sought-out jobs in the 21st Century.
By definition, a Personal Fitness Trainer is a professional who coaches or instructs an individual or a group of individuals on the fundamentals of physical fitness by demonstrating strong science-based techniques and methods with participation in exercise activities.
However, not all self-confessed sports and fitness enthusiasts can become a professional fitness trainer. Though it certainly helps if your days are exhausted with physical activities that stretches the limitations of the human body, there are several requirements that needs to be satisfied in order to actually practice this highly lucrative career.
Do you have what it takes? This question should be asked first before plunging to any career. An effective personal trainer needs more than a chiseled body and a great physique. Patience, organization, ability to correctly assess a client’s capabilities, and good communication and motivational skills are a must. It also helps if you have a basic understanding of human physiology and anatomy since you will be directly involved in honing those through developing proper exercise programs.
Sometimes, all a potential client needs to completely put their faith in you is a piece of paper that certifies your qualifications to work on their precious body. According to International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), 67 out of 72 responding clubs actually require and encourage prospective personal trainers to get a certification prior to employment. There are accredited organizations nationwide that offer certifications through trainings, seminar and/or workshops. Be selective and inquisitive. Research those organizations in order to find out how much the certification costs along with their pre-requisites.
Choose a specialization
Much like doctors trying to find out if they want to be surgeons or general practitioners, personal trainers have an option to choose a particular area that they want to be considered an expert in. And like specialized doctors, personal trainers who chose to excel in one area usually gets a better job offer and a higher pay than those whose ‘specialization’ is too generic.
Gain some experience
They say experience is the best teacher. In order to learn the ropes in this business, one should apply to a health club, gym, resorts or even spas to gain relevant experience. Also, this is the best way to build your network of contacts and gather a list of potential clients.
Don’t stop educating and improving yourself
Of course it will be quite ironic if the personal trainer stopped pushing himself just because he had gotten his certification and that cushy job at the local gym. Attend personal summits and seminars to improve your skills and sharpen your talents. Clients will start asking for your services if they can see with their own eyes how motivated you are in polishing your craft.
If your ultimate goal is to eventually be your own boss, conduct a feasibility study first regarding setting up your own business whether it is a gym or an online fitness training. Also research all the requirements needed in starting your own business such as registrations and liability insurance. Furthermore, you would need to invest in marketing yourself in order to reach all potential clients.
So if your heart is already set on becoming a personal fitness trainer, flex those muscles and start working!