Scared to start
I got my cert. about 1 year ago through AFPA but I do not feel as if I could actually go out and train someone. I'm feeling like I am missing a part of the schooling. Is this normal when you have not trained someone. My other problem is a work with someone who is the best of the best for trainers, so when I work with her I feel very dumb. I know that sounds bad but I don't know if she is extremely smart or is that how every trainer really is? Does anyone have the same worriers or do I just need to start all over?
First job as personal trainer question
I just took my personal trainer certification exam and feel confident that I passed, and I am getting ready to dive into searching for a job. Someone I know who is certified just got a job as a floor tech at a local gym, but besides training he is also responsible for some housekeeping work, such as cleaning whirlpools, checking for toilet paper, etc (about 2-3 hours a day is put into this). His pay is also minimum wage and he works with maybe 1 client a week if he's lucky. Is this normal for a starting job? I'm curious as to what other people's experiences were like.
Also, will they help train me or will they start me out with the "easier" clients? I am still a little nervous about working with clients.
Underqualified Personal Trainer
I just received my personal training certification and feel under-qualified for all of the positions that are available. What is the best way to obtain the experience needed to qualify for said positions? Any help/advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Training for new Trainers? How did you get your job?
Do you know of any studios or companies helping new Personal Trainers in their first weeks? I'm afraid I won't get a job, because I have just the NASM Certificate and no experience so far.
What was your first job? How did you start? How did you get the job?????
Thanks a lot!
Personal Trainer - Finding a Mentor
I received my ISSA PT certification recently. I have worked out in the gym many times in my life but I have never taught anyone. Every job I've worked at (administrative, insurance, etc), I received OJT (on the job training). Why should this PT field be any different? It is sooo difficult to find someone who would be willing to be a mentor. I don't have the money to pay someone; I am completely penniless literally and am a stay at home mother (31 yrs old) of 2 young children (and husband).
How can a certified PT get OJT? I am someone who has to be on the floor watching and listening (and writing notes) to what is going on. Even though I got ISSA certified through an at home course, I am no expert and do not feel that I can just jump out and start training people.
Do other PTs ever volunteer to mentor their fellow novice PTs? Again, I do not have money to spend paying a PT to do this. Is there a website that lists these people (if any) that are available in my area (southeast Wisconsin - Kenosha county). Even people who teach bootcamps who would like to do a volunteer mentorship would be very helpful...
Desperately trying to find a PT mentor,
I am a new trainer, I have a few clients and helped a few friends and I love it but what I think I would like to do is have a business out of my home and to clients homes. My question is how do you get over the fear? My biggest obstacle is the fear of hurting someone. Is there extra material I can study to ease my fears? I got cert. from AFPA and I just don't feel as confident as I would like to be. Any thoughts or past experience would be wonderful.
Shadowing a trainer
(Huntington beach california USA )
Are there any trainers who offer a program whereby you get to shadow them and learn techniques.I have been ISSA certified and live in Huntington Beach California,have had 2 interviews at 24 hr fitness and never hear back.I'm still a little uncertain how to get started in this business
Just passed my PT test but Feel Scared
I am very excited that I passed my PT TEST (NASM)- what now? I have a few people that said when I get my PT cert. that they want to hire me at their homes. I know these people well - I am feeling like I don't know where to start. I am new at this PT stuff (I have been a cert. fitness instructor for quite awhile).
I also have the opportunity to be an employee at a big chain and train or they will hire me as a independent contractor. I feel like if someone says they want to hire me that I don't know where to start. It is just scary. I am a perfectionist and that is part of the problem.
Thank you for any help.
How to Find a Trainer to Shadow
I can really relate to the gal who said...ok I'm now certified but scared as to how to get started and get experience. Even before reading your step 3 about shadowing, I had determined that would be a great way. But my local gym is a 24hr fitness and I doubt they will let me shadow someone. How can I find someone to shadow? And should I offer to pay them? Or offer to work for them for free for a month after several shadowing sessions? Your thoughts?
Robin in Dallas
p.s. Thanks Katie. Your website has been of tremendous help.