It’s more than a can-do attitude; it’s positive thinking at its best.
Some people just have it – that knack for making others feel empowered and capable. They always seem to have an optimistic attitude, share words of encouragement, and believe in our ability to be the best person possible. Even when we’ve lost sight of New Year’s goals to become a better version of ourselves, they still stand beside us, cheering us on as we start anew (again!) Combine these character traits with a passion for health and fitness and you’ve found a new career: Personal Training.
Here’s what to expect when you join the Personal Training industry which increased employment 44% from 2001-2011:
- A flexible schedule – this isn’t a 9-5 desk job. You may work in a single gym or multiples; even traveling to clients’ homes for sessions. Trainers work with individuals and establish times convenient for everyone.
- Good pay – this is a career where experience, word-of-mouth and a growing client base really pays off. Results-driven trainers build loyal clients, and those clients spread the word.
- An opportunity to motivate people to change their lives – just listen to all the testimonials of newly fit people, and it’s clear how much they value redefining their bodies. You get to experience this impact every day.
- Help reduce injuries – proper form and technique = long term commitments. This applies to your clients’ fitness routines as well as their relationship with you. If they feel good and remain injury-free, they’re more likely to continue enjoying their workouts with you.
- Teach time management – that’s right, because a big part of what you do is help clients maximize training in minimal time. Talk about a hands-on lesson.
- Share new perspectives and ideas on health, nutrition and fitness – in a time of total and immediate information, it’s amazing what people don’t know. Clients will look to your expert advice in these areas and create a new foundation for living their lives. Powerful stuff.
- Sport specific training – opportunities for personal trainers exist for every sport and at every level. Let’s say you have a real passion for soccer. Check out jobs from public to private leagues. Many hire trainers year-round to work with their teams for injury prevention.
- “Personal” Training – let’s not forget that trainers create fitness regimens specific to you and your goals. They listen to your needs and assist with developing workouts designed to get you in shape based on your body and lifestyle.
- Build positive relationships – there’s something to be said about the power of results. Each time you help a client reach his/her goals, you both win. It inspires an inner and outer strength they never knew they had, and it validates everything you believe in.
- Growing opportunities – as businesses, government, and insurance organizations continue to recognize the benefits of health and fitness programs for their employees, incentives to join gyms or other types of health clubs is expected to increase the need for fitness trainers and instructors.
Today’s Take- Away:
Personal trainers work diligently with each of their clients, helping them to recognize tangible and intangible results. Your skills and expertise are the tools they come to rely on for these life-changing effects. But mostly it is you, the trainer, who coaches, motivates and positively encourages whom clients return to for their gluteal-kicking workout.