Does a New Personal Trainer *Have* to Start Out at a Place Like Gold's or 24-Hr?
After reading the comments about the low salaries, poor standards, overly demanding management, etc., at fitness chains like Gold's Gym and 24-Hour Fitness, I'm a little discouraged. Can a newbie start at other types of places?
I am 46, and beginning the process of becoming a personal trainer. The path I'm following, even though I know there are shorter paths, is to get a certificate in Exercise Science (I already have a B.A. degree in something completely unrelated), and take the ACE or ASCM certification test.
I am doing it this way for three reasons:
A) I can only get financial aid if I'm taking a degree/certificate program (I'm broke because I was laid off recently),
B)I want to have an adequate background in hands-on training and safety issues, and I wouldn't have enough experience with those things if I just studied for the certification test, and
C) I am very interested in exercise physiology, and may end up going further with it.
Would the Exercise Science/Exercise Physiology training open up other opportunities, or is it a given that I'd have to start at a chain like Gold's?
It's not that I don't want to pay my dues in the field...I just have to pay my bills, too. :-)