22 May 5 Pro’s on Being a Personal Trainer
From the outside, being a personal trainer has a desirable image. Easy going, casual and flexible schedule, generally good hourly wage among others. However, did you know that the average career of a personal trainer is only around 12 months? We go through some of the pro’s and cons of being a personal trainer and some tips to make personal training a long term career.
This list is by no means exhaustive, and each point can continue into it’s own in depth discussion in much greater detail.
5 Pro’s of Being a Personal Trainer:
1. Flexibility in Your Schedule
If you are working for yourself, you get to work the hours you want to work. Schedule time off for travel, holidays, events, continued education and family are all benefits of working as a freelance personal trainer.
2. Low Start Up Costs
Whether you work for yourself as a freelance trainer in a 3rd party gym, or visiting clients homes, or running bootcamps, start up costs to run your own fitness business is extremely slow compared to the majority of career options out there. There are many options to make a solid personal income without having to invest heavily in equipment, your own gym or studio. Even paying a small rental to use a 3rd party facility, or applying for a license to run a bootcamp in a public park are all extremely low compared to building and operating your own facility.
3. Rewarding Career
There is a big difference between being a trainer, and being a coach. As with all industries, there is always the cream of the crop. The true professionals, the 5-10% who have developed a certain level of expertise in their chose path which means if you take your career seriously, you can definitely be a part of the top percentile and create a successful career as a personal trainer. The average trainer generally turns up, spends 60 minutes with a client telling them what to do, how many times and move on to the next machine or exercise. A Coach empowers their clients. Educates them, guides them and achieves results. Results and lifestyle are key. Even as trainers, making someone feel good about themselves is rewarding. Changing lives is another level all together. So at the end of the day, helping people feel good about themselves and having a positive fitness experience is key and a rewarding part of the job.
4. Very Little Regulation
In most developed fitness markets, it is still very easy to become accredited and insured to be a legal personal trainer. In other countries, there is still very little or no minimum requirement to work as a personal trainer. Anyone can become a trainer and it is not reflective on personal ability, credentials or qualifications. Of course, being in a shape, a walking talking testimonial is important for most. Education, certification, CPR, continued education will undoubtedly lead to greater credibility, on the job experience and know how to achieve better results for your clients in the long run.
This leads to better retention, building a larger clientele and increasing the chances of a long term business where you can employee trainers and build a passive income. Personality is key, so if you like being physically active, helping others, inspiring people to live a healthy lifestyle, are patient and sick of your 9-5 office job, becoming a personal trainer could be a great solution for your next career.
5. A Growing Industry
There has never been a better time to get involved in the health industry. Becoming a personal trainer is just one avenue to get involved. One thing is for sure. The industry continues to grow. With greater government spending on awareness initiatives, incentives as well as (the negative side of greater levels of obesity and diabetes) there are more people looking to improve their health and many more who ‘need’ your help. As this trend continues to increase globally, there is increasing opportunity to getting started in the fitness industry and becoming a successful personal trainer. With the high turn over and burn out rate of personal trainers globally, there is greater opportunity for those that excel to have a long and rewarding career in the industry.
About the Author
Daniel Remon is the founder of the Fitcorp Global Group and ASPATA. The Aspire Sports Performance & Athletic Training Academy. ASPATA is a leader in education, certifications for health and fitness professionals. In additional to entry level personal training qualifications and certifications, ASPATA differentiates through the development of their own uniqe industry leading education to develop future professionals across all areas of trainer and professional development including CPR, fitness business, personal training success, fitness programming, bootcamp trainer certifications, small group training and nutrition. ASPATA also conducts it’s Fit Pro Summit throughout Asia