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Personal Trainer Physical Job Requirements

by Karen

What are the physical job requirements for becoming a certified personal trainer? I am a licensed physical therapist with a desire to work in the fitness industry. I also hold a registered nurse license. I am not disabled but have a back condition and need to avoid heavy lifting (like transferring people who have had strokes). I am otherwise in very good health. I'm considering a career change or maybe a change in career direction would be more accurate, but I want to be sure that I can perform the day to day job duties of a personal trainer.

Between the 2 degrees, I have 23 years of health care experience. I would really like to know what you think. I found your web pages very interesting and very helpful.


Thanks,

Karen

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Use your limitations to your advantage when training clients
by: Katie - Admin

Personal trainers are often called upon to train people with injuries. In your case, you need to learn how to train people while respecting your own body's capabilities. I think this will not be a problem for you, in fact it may be a wonderful example for your clients.

On the physical side, most trainers will 'spot' for the client when they are lifting weights and demonstrate the exercises. But depending on the programs your clients require, you may be able to recommend exercises that don't put you in the position to get involved physically.

All in all, I don't think this is a roadblock, just a challenge to overcome in your new career.

good luck!

- Katie

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