How to Become a Personal Trainer
Is a Personal Training Career Right for You?
You are probably already aware that most personal trainers are extremely happy when it comes to job satisfaction. You have probably also heard that the personal training industry is rapidly on the rise in terms of growth. Job satisfaction and high demand, what more could a person ask for in a career? Now, is the perfect time to become a personal trainer and start your own online personal training company.
During the first step of this process you will determine the following when it comes to your potential career choice:
- Do you have what it takes to train clients at the gym and online?
- Can you market your service and gain clients?
- Do you have what it takes to start your own personal training company?
Is Personal Training the Right Career Choice for You?
Before you continue any further, you should evaluate your career choice. Consider the answers to the following questions before launching your own business and become a personal trainer:
- Do you enjoy being around and interacting with people?
- Do others consider you to be a leader, or a follower?
- Do you consider yourself to be a morning, or a night person?
- Do you have a phobia when it comes to public speaking?
- Do you have what it takes to work extremely hard and get what you want out of life?
Also, consider this fact as well. In order to start your own personal training business, you have to have a few main characteristics that will increase your ability to succeed as a personal trainer.
Now, quite naturally, there will be a lot of personal trainers that will not agree with this statement. However, you have to love being around people and interacting with them, if you desire to become a personal trainer with a thriving business. Charisma is not something that everyone has. But if you are charming enough to get people to see things your way, then you are on your way to being a very profitable personal trainer. Not all trainers have this ability, so use it to your advantage.
If you are a people charmer who knows how to communicate well, then this is a highly marketable skill. But, if this does not come naturally to you, then don’t take it to mean that you will not have a successful personal trainer career. But, understand that you will have to work harder at developing your people skills.
Are You Willing to Work Long Hard Hours?
However, you might be able to charm everyone in the room, but this will only take you so far. You must also be willing to work long and hard hours that many times start well before eight in the morning? To be quite honest, there will be clients who want to work with you as early as five in the morning. Remember, that many of your clients have jobs and need to be at work by a certain time in the morning, but they want to work out before going to the office. So, if you are not a morning person, then you might want to think about whether or not you can handle early morning hours.
Unfortunately, you will have the same problem if you are not a night person. This is because many of your clients will want to work out in the evening hours after work. So, expect to work after five in the evening as well. This means that if you have a family, you won’t make it home in time for dinner most nights.
Are You Motivated Enough to Become a Personal Trainer?
Do you have what it takes to motivate others to work hard? This isn’t possible if you are not motivated yourself. Providing personal training services is not the hard part. Keep in mind that you will also have to deal with other aspects of starting a business such as billing clients, marketing your business and purchasing equipment.
by Katie Donnelly
Step 1 Index
Start with the first page and follow the links to navigate through our guide.
Work as an Employee or Independent?
How Much Money Can I Make?
Personal Trainer Salary Forecast for 2014
Personal Trainer Salary Survey Results
Industry and Job Outlook
How Much Will it Cost Me?
Personal Trainer Niche Markets
The Best Part of Being a Personal Trainer
The Worst Part of Being a Personal Trainer
Free Personal Trainer Starter Kit
Next Page: Work as an Employee or Independent?