Are You Ready To Move Into A Career In The Fitness Industry?
Tired of your typical nine to five days and the stark grey walls of your office cubicle? Do you wake up each morning excited for leg day? Are you constantly talking to your friends and family about the new healthy eating recipes you’ve found? You might be a great fit for a career in fitness!
Perhaps you’ve seriously considered a career change, but the fear of the unknown has stopped you. Change is never easy, but it’s always worthwhile. Just like how changing your attitude towards healthy eating and exercise has changed your outlook on life, so too can a career change benefit you in the long term.
Moving into a career in fitness can seem daunting, but before you bite the bullet, you need to gage how passionate you are about this change and about fitness in general. Just because you spend every evening at the gym, doesn’t necessarily mean that you are destined to be a Personal Trainer.
What Makes A Great Personal Trainer?
- Inspiring and motivational
- Full of energy
Sure it helps to be in great shape, but you need to have a passion for people that outweighs your own fitness goals. If you want to see others achieve fitness and nutritional success, you need to work on their level, and this requires patience.
Follow these tips to ascertain whether you’re ready for a career in fitness.
Fake It ‘Til You Make It
Before you enrol in a Personal Training course, you need to know if after finishing your qualification you’ll still feel passionate about the industry. This is especially true if you are already working full-time in another industry, in which case you should dip your feet into a new fitness career slowly.
Ask if you can shadow one of the Personal Trainers at your local gym. Not only will this give you a glimpse into the running of a training session, you’ll also be able to ask the PT for advice on what training would be most beneficial for your prospective career. It will also give you an insight into the negatives of the profession. How hard is it to get new clients? And how do you deal with clients who lose motivation?
Or consider training one of your friends, work colleagues, or family members on the weekend. See how you go creating a nutrition and exercise plan for them and ask for their honest feedback. If they feel like this new fitness career fits you like a glove, that’s a good start!
There are a wide range of courses available at the Australian Institute of Fitness, so finding the right one can involve a bit of research. First off, figure out exactly what role you want in the fitness industry. Do you want to be a Personal Trainer, a Massage Therapist, or both? Or perhaps you want to learn more about nutrition? You want to make sure that you are studying something you are passionate about (especially if you are still working full time), so pick a course that covers topics you are interested in.
To become a PT, it’s a good start to get your Personal Trainer qualification, and then you can branch out into more specialised courses afterwards, such as in nutrition as a Nutrition Coach, or learn more about running a fitness business. It’s always important to stay ahead of the trends in fitness, so make sure you are constantly educating yourself in new classes that you or your future clients could take.
Getting The Job
The best place to start is at your local gym. By now you should have built a rapport with other Trainers and they may have connections to gyms in your area. Don’t be shy about asking around! Whether it be filling in and running the spin class, or showing new gym members how to use each of the machines, any start is a good one.
If you already have a full time job, keep working until you are offered equivalent work. Starting a new job is difficult enough without adding any financial pressure, so be wise and take your time looking for the perfect fit for your skills and passions.
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