August 19, 2017

A Career Guide To Becoming A Personal Trainer

Do you consider yourself to be a health and fitness fanatic? Is a desk job your idea of hell? Would you love to work with people from all walks of life? If the answer to those questions is “yes,” you should consider becoming a personal trainer.

The main role of a personal trainer is to help their clients reach their desired health and fitness goals. It’s a rewarding job, and one that people who are passionate about fitness enjoy doing. In today’s blog post, I will share you with the details on how you can become a personal trainer.

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A day in the life of a personal trainer

When personal trainers meet clients for the first time, they learn of their health and fitness history. They will then agree to realistic goals and training programs for both a short-term and long-term basis.

Once they start working with their client, they will offer them a range of support services and advice. For instance, they will help to educate and motivate their clients. They can offer details on the best ways to make nutrition and lifestyle changes.

Personal trainers will even record progress using heart rate measurements and body fat levels. They can work with clients in their own homes, or at the local gym. When clients use equipment or running machines, they can also help them use those tools.

 

Part-time or full-time?

Some personal trainers do their work outside of their normal working hours. Whereas others could do the work full-time.

In my experience, a lot of personal trainers have day jobs as gym instructors and do personal training work “on the side.”

 

Working hours

For the most part, personal trainers work for themselves on a self-employed basis.

In those cases, they can set the hours and days that they work, so that it fits in around other lifestyle or work commitments.

 

Income

Because most personal trainers work for themselves, they charge clients by the hour. Experienced personal trainers can earn up to $60 an hour. Rates rise for high-profile clients like celebrities for example.

If you work for a gym as a personal trainer, you can expect to earn up to $32,000 per year. You are likely to earn more money working for yourself than for a gym, but the downside is that your income is not guaranteed.

 

Insurance

When you work for yourself, it is important you take out personal trainer insurance. It will cover you against any injuries to you or your clients. And it gives your clients peace of mind that they are dealing with a fitness professional.

 

How to become a personal trainer

The conventional way to becoming a personal trainer is to become qualified as a gym instructor.

There are plenty of college courses that you can take which will help you to achieve that goal. The benefit of doing that is you get to experience what it’s like working with other people.

Have you just become a personal trainer? What motivated you to become one? Feel free to share your stories below.

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