Friday, 22 March 2013

Guest Post: Personal Trainer: An Alternative Career


Are you thinking about starting a new career?  If so, you aren’t alone.  People of all ages who are unsatisfied or unfulfilled in their current jobs are looking for a new career, with one of the most popular being personal training.  If you have a passion for fitness, want to help others achieve their goals and want to also improve your own health while making money, then taking some personal trainer courses and pursuing a career as a fitness trainer may be in your future.


Qualities Of A Good Fitness Trainer
Before you sign up for those personal trainer courses, you may want to do an assessment of yourself to see if you’re a good fit.  As a personal trainer, you’ll be working with a variety of different people of all different fitness levels and needs.  Some may want to shed a bit of weight, some may be dealing with disabilities, and some may be morbidly obese.  A good fitness trainer should have:

-       Good communication skills
-       A great sense of humour
-       Patience
-       A drive to motivate
-       Enjoy the success of others


The Work Life Of A Personal Trainer
When most people think of personal trainers, they envision them being in a gym, hulking over a sweaty, struggling individual who just can’t seem to do another bicep curl or push out one more push up.  Personal trainers exist outside of the gym as well, and often find employment in rehab facilities, or they even run their own business and do in-home personal training. You can read more about the job description on totaljobs.com. it might be good to find out as much about it before you make any big decisions.


How To Become A Personal Trainer
Before you can become a certified personal trainer, you have to take personal trainer courses.  When looking for courses, make sure that you choose an accredited school that has a good reputation, that produces quality trainers, and that offers the courses that you want in order to achieve your career goals. Fit Training is one such school. I’ve linked to them above.

Once certified, it’s time to start getting the word out about your services.  When new, you can expect to be paid less than an experienced trainer, whether in a gym setting or if you plan to run your own business. Whenever possible, take the opportunity to learn or be mentored by more experienced trainers, especially when it comes to creating fitness programs that are designed to meet an individual’s specific or special needs.  Then you’ll be prepared to train all different types of individuals who’ll need your help and guidance down the road.

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