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by Ann Harewood
(Brooklyn, New York)

June 2010 I became a Certified Personal Trainer. All the gyms want 1 year experience - how can I get experience if no one wants to hire me?

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"Experience" or Excuse
by: Anonymous

Hello Ann,

Congratulations on your accomplishment!

As for the so-called "experience", we're all born WITHOUT it! Living is an experience and experience means we are learning through trying and practicing - TRAINING! You have to "CREATE" it. When I hear that someone who was just freshly educated and was told by an employer that they need experience to perform a specific function in which they studied, it warrants asking the question, "how did YOU get YOUR experience?". We don't start off experienced in life. It would have been IMPOSSIBLE for anyone to begin anything if that were true.

One option is to volunteer your time as a personal trainer in order to give some experience and this shows your passion to potential employers.

Another option is to go into business for yourself and I highly recommend this overall. You're a fitness professional now and maybe it's just a matter of time before it really sinks in. Get some business cards made-up, flyers,company name that you would like to use - it doesn't matter what name you pick just get out there do it all.

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by: Carter

I was in your shoes myself not too long ago if your certified then promote yourself on social media find a gym near you that uses independent trainers where you can bring your clients to train them. Use them as your personal references or try a gym like planet fitness it's a decent stepping stone for where you want to go it will help you with your experience and working in corporate gym setting working with a lot of different clients from begginer to intermediate and a few advanced members

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