As people become more interested in their fitness and health the market for personal trainers is growing exponentially. Many people look to this as a great career prospect, and if you’re dedicated and passionate you can make a fantastic living out of being a fitness instructor. Here we will look at some of the qualifications needed, entry points and what is required of a personal trainer.
Though you can earn a reasonable living as a trainer, it’s not a career that you go into for the money. It’s also worth considering that the hours are a little unsociable, as many people want to train before and after work and also at the weekends.
In terms of qualifications, there are no hard and fast rules. Many public colleges offer a diploma in fitness training but you can also undertake the necessary qualification at many private institutions. If you don’t feel like formal education is the right path for you, then many gyms have an apprenticeship program which enables you to train on the job while being paid a small salary.
The main requirement to be successful in this industry is a real passion and knowledge for fitness. Many people mistake an interest in sports for thinking that they will be a successful trainer. However, you also have to be interested in the science of the body, nutrition, and educational developments about how to stay fit.
Being a fitness instructor might not be the most lucrative job unless you end up being a trainer to the stars. But there are many avenues which you can take in relation to fitness which can provide for a financially successful future. Many go on to open their own gyms or yoga studios. Or you can develop your own regimes and develop these into books and online tutorials to progress your brand in the industry.