If you’ve decided to take your love of physical fitness and helping others to the next level and become a personal trainer there are some steps you will obviously need to take. Once can;t merely decide one day they will be a personal trainer, for one a trainer requires certification and a working knowledge of exercise physiology and nutrition to be successful.
Why Become a Personal Trainer?
Personal training can be a lucrative and rewarding career with the proper preparation. The steps to your goal of becoming a personal trainer can be a little difficult to assess with over 300 certifications available. To save you from overwhelm, here are some initial steps to get you started.
Personal Trainers Are Needed
First, be committed. With two thirds of the adult population in America struggling with weight issues, personal trainers have a great opportunity to help people get in shape. As a personal trainer, you must take this responsibility seriously and be committed to your career and continuing education.
Certification, Which is the Best?
Once you have committed to becoming a personal trainer and staying current in the field, your next step is to decide on a certification. The choices of where to seek your certification are myriad and might be a little overwhelming. Don’t let it intimidate you. Keep your eye on your goal and choose accordingly.
Some red flags for certifications to avoid are those that appear too easy to qualify for. If your potential clients have the knowledge to attain the same certification you are looking at, this certification is merely a piece of paper and worth about as much.
Certification worth investigating are the ones backed by a program accredited by an independent, third-party agency such as the NCCA, the National commission for Certifying Agencies. These types of certifications are also the types sought by employers when seeking to separate qualified potential employees from unqualified ones.
Going into Business or Working for an Employer?
Your next step after commitment and certification is find employment. You can either go to work directly for a gym by applying with the ones in your area or as an independent contractor working with clients at various gyms in your area. Working for yourself is particularly difficult and while it sounds idealistic, the reality is you will find more stability being employed while you gain experience. If you are new to the idea of becoming a personal trainer look to gain as much experience as you can first and foremost before going out on your own. Working for a boss means you focus on what you know and do best, working for yourself means you much master marketing your business, handling payment, disgruntled customers (which you will come across from time to time, especially those who are looking for a miracle cure) and in most cases will not be paid for sickness or holiday time.
The three steps shown above will give you a good start in your new career as a personal trainer. Complete those steps and you will be on your way to becoming a personal trainer.