The only thing better than the gym is getting paid to be there. However, being a personal trainer is more than just counting reps and spotting bench. If you’re serious about making fitness your profession in 2015 be sure to read Chad Demchik’s top tips.
1. Get Certifiably Jack3d
Getting the credentials to train requires a well-respected certification. Online certs don’t make the cut. Some of the most recognized are listed below:
• American Council on Exercise (ACE)
• National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
• International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA)
• American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
• National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
Once you become certified it’s also important to learn how to design, implement and create a successful program. Constantly, do research; go to workshops and seminars to become better.
2. Be Humble
Don’t claim to know everything when you get certified. You need at least 10,000 hours to be considered an expert in your field. The training industry is always changing. What may have been “proven” just a few years ago, may be disproven today. Stay updated! A great resource guide is the NSCA Strength & Conditioning Journal. Just because you may look the part doesn’t mean you understand how to effectively train someone else in an effective and safe manner and can build a business around it. Seek those out with experience, and be willing to LISTEN.
3. Get Start3d
Decide whether you want to start as an employee or independent contractor and find a fitness facility that fits your goals. In most cases working as an employee is your best option, as you don’t pay rent, and the gym “may” help you get clients. The downsides of working as an employee is you’ll take a major pay cut. Talk to management and see if they have a position open as a personal trainer. If you get the job, you will only get paid while training. However, spend is much time as possible in the gym. The more people get to know you, the easier it is to make them clients.
4. Market Yourself
Word of mouth is great, but you need to get your name out there in other ways. Create websites, flyers, business cards, and use social media. Go to local businesses like hair salons, spas and medical facilities to network your brand. Clients will not come to you, you need to go out and get them. Once you have a client, use them for referrals.
5. Don’t Give Up
Personal training is not about money, but about helping others. However, understanding the business side of training is imperative to success. Being successful in this industry is incredible difficult, and honestly most won’t make it. Your first few months or even years will be hard, but stick to it. Learn everything you can, not only about kinesiology, biochemistry and nutrition but also business, marketing and sales. Personal training is very much a sales job, but if you can sell yourself, you may just make it as a personal trainer.
If you have any other questions about becoming a personal trainer feel free to ask us in the comments sections.
Prepared by Chad Demchik
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