Some people look at personal fitness training as a career that just happens because you love exercising, but becoming a personal trainer takes hard work and dedication. And a lot more than working out.
Here are 5 crucial steps to becoming a personal fitness trainer.
1. Get Motivated and Make Plans
First thing’s first, you need to get excited. You need to decide if becoming a personal trainer is really something you want to do. Do you LOVE going to the gym? Do you love helping people? Why do you want to be a personal trainer? If you love working out, but you hate spending time with people, this may not be the right job for you.
Figure out your why, get motivated, and make plans. What type of job would you like as a personal trainer? Do you want to work with athletes, average people, those looking to lose weight or another group? Start making plans. Your excitement and goals will get you through the hard work.
2. Get Educated and Certified
Not all states require education and/or certification in order to start a career as a personal trainer, but it will set you above the competition even if it isn’t required. Find a program that will give you practical education relating to running your business as a personal trainer as well as hands-on training skills. Then, when the time comes, get certified.
Many states offer state certification for personal trainers, and you can also get certified for specific fitness instruction such as yoga, zumba, pilates, or other fitness sports.
3. Get Out There and Network
Once you know what you’re doing, it’s time to tell people. You need to find a job, and the only way that’s going to happen is if you are networking. Not only will this help you find leads for your dream job, but it will also help you to find potential clients. You’d be surprised how many of your friends are interested in personal training.
4. Get a Job as a Personal Trainer
All that networking will hopefully lead to a job, but if it doesn’t right away, that’s okay. There are lots of ways to find a job as a personal trainer. Tweak your resume and visit every gym you can. If you still can’t find the right job, consider starting your own fitness class, providing instruction online or out of your home, or working with friends and family to build up testimonials.
5. Get Going
Once you’ve got the dream job, things don’t slow down. Now you’ve got to keep up momentum and grow your business. One of the most important things you can do is keep evidence of your success as a personal trainer. Ask clients to write testimonials and provide before and after pictures for a discount so that you can use these materials in future promotions.
Be sure to have clients sign off on using their pictures, even if you are just using them online. Continue learning as much as you can and growing as a professional, and your clients will refer their friends to you.
Looking to get started as a personal trainer? At Manhattan Institute, we’ll prepare you for all aspects of a career in personal training. Learn more about our personal fitness training program here.