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Part-time Personal Training on the weekends?

Hows it going everyone, here is my question. I have lifted for a long time, i enjoy it and enjoy working out with people teaching or learning,that is how i got to the point i have today (I am talking as friends, never as a means of making money).

I have a good job doing drafting, but i keep thinking how i would enjoy doing personal training, maybe a few nights a week or especially on the weekends.

Give me some feed back if you could. I would like to hear some opinions, does anyone do that or have they started out like that for the first year or so?

I have just started to educate myself on the different cert. programs, but from what i have read so far, i would probability go for the ACE. There are a number of gyms in my area, so i do not think that finding work would be a problem. Thanks for any feedback you can give.

James B

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Disadvantages of Working Only Weekends
by: Ruby

James,
I am a full time engineer and recently received my PT certification through two different programs (and NPTI diploma and NSCA-CPT). My plan is to ultimately merge full time into a fitness career.

During interviews as well as trying to attract in-home training clients, I have found that having limited availbilty can have its disadvantages. For clients to obtain effective gains and keep up with an exercise program, I believe the client should be training at least 2 times (preferably 3 times) per week. Only working weekends would mean that your clients would have a tremendous amount of time where they are not working out. Also, som clients will not be able to see the wanted gains especially in terms of hypertropy when only training 2 times per week with inadequate rest.

However, I do not believe all hope is lost. I do have a few friends who have started a fitness bootcamp on the weekends (Saturday and Sunday). Things have been working out pretty well for them so far, as they are able to market during the week and attract weekend customers.

I would suggest if you are going to do PT training part time you need to be available at least 3 to 4 days per week for your clients.

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Go for it
by: Anonymous

Hi,

I do electronics full time and part time do personal training. I agree with the previous post however it largley depends on your target market. You will find a significant chunk of clients want to work between the hours of 6am-9am and 6pm-9pm and weekends. For me I have managed to fill my afterhours time slots with clients and run a very successful part time PT business. This has enabled me to start to reduce my working hours at work to a 9 day fortnight. As my PT hours increase my day job hours decrease. Hence giving me an opportunity to merge full time eventually into PT.

You individual circumstances can also impact this, going full time straight away is hard as building a client base can take a month or two of full time work. I have a young family and my wife is not working yet so for me part time PT is good and I am at a holding patern.

Ultimatley if you love PT and have a passion for it, it doesn't matter if you just do one session a week, some people can only train once a week, so they will obviously be your target market. Just work out how you can teach them how they can be pro-active during the week.

All the best.

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