You LOVE fitness. In fact, you eat, live and breathe fitness.
What’s more, you love spotting and assisting anyone who needs help in the gym, you freely give exercise pointers and fitness advice to those around you, and you generously dish out dietary guidelines and recommendations to your colleagues, friends and family members on a regular basis.
Maybe – just maybe – it’s time to start a career as a Personal Trainer or a Fitness Coach.
Well, not so fast.
Before you take the plunge, do bear in mind that as rewarding and glamorous as it may sound, a personal training career or a fitness coaching profession is definitely NO bed of roses, and is NOT for everyone.
Prior to committing yourself, you may want to take into account the following considerations first:
1. It’s A Proper Profession, NOT A Hobby
The majority of personal trainers who do NOT make it in the industry are those who inadvertently view and treat personal training more like a hobby or a part-time gig.
They fail to respect it as a proper profession and, hence do not put in the required time, effort nor commitment to learn and understand the intricacies involved, and hence, FAIL to make it work.
Rick Wong, a Master Trainer and Senior Exercise Consultant – who has been a veteran in the fitness industry for over 20 years – has this to say: “If you wand to succeed in the personal training business, you have to be willing to put in 110% effort and time to learn all you can and do all you can to make it work! There are simply NO shortcuts!”
2. It’s Going To Be An Incredibly Busy And Hectic Life
Many successful and in-demand personal trainers are practically up at the crack of dawn and don’t get to bed often till close to midnight.
Client sessions are more often than not stacked back-to-back, and meals are frequently snatched on-the-go.
Add to these time needed for lesson preparations, equipment maintenance, client marketing, answering emails, and tons of other nitty-gritty stuff, it’s really not hard to see that personal trainers have their hands FULL most of the time!
3. Your Income Is Going To Vary And Fluctuate Greatly
Unlike most other professions where you’re paid a fixed monthly salary, freelance/independent personal trainers are being paid only for each session’s worth of coaching.
In other words, any time that you’re not training/coaching, you’re basically NOT making any money at all.
Likewise, if you’re ill, on vacation, accompanying your aged parents for hospital check-ups, attending your child’s school events, or even if your clients are away on business trips, you will have practically ZERO dollars coming into your account for that period.
“The way around this is to actually expect these fluctuations, and to plan ahead for any contingencies” says Rick, who authored the manual “Succeed As A Home Personal Trainer”. “Like it or not, sooner or later, these things are bound to happen. So it’s always better to be mentally prepared and have some form of financial buffer in place”.
4. Passion By Itself Is NOT Going To Be Enough
Jumping into the fitness business mindlessly and purely by passion itself has been the No.1 KILLER of numerous fledgling personal trainer careers around the world.
Simply put: too many trainers and coaches still believe the HYPE that – passion by itself – is sufficient to help them succeed!
Unfortunately, the hard truth is that passion alone is NEVER going to be enough.
Without learning and embracing a whole host of other competencies, such as: people skills, business management skills, networking skills, organizational know-how, sales-and-marketing knack etc etc , it will be almost impossible for a personal trainer to succeed in the industry.
5. You Need To Keep On Learning And Learning
Fitness, exercise and nutrition are all fields that are constantly evolving with time.
As such, in order to keep yourself ahead and to remain competitive, you will need to have a mindset that embraces continuous learning and constant upgrading.
This means being prepared to invest time, money and energy into relevant courses, seminars, workshops, conferences, webinars, online learning etc throughout your career as a personal trainer or fitness coach.
There Will Be Disappointments And Heartaches
Regardless how much time and effort you put in, and how good you think you are, there will be times when things simply do NOT work out. Like it or not.
There are always going to be clients who will not be willing to put in the required time and effort to make the necessary changes to their health/fitness, those who cast aspersions on you and judge you unfairly, those who lack appreciation for all that you have done for them, or even those who leave you for another trainer/coach for no apparent reason!
Not to mention all the other times when you have to put up with your clients’ excuses, complaints, bias, prejudices and idiosyncrasies.
Life indeed can be TOUGH for the personal trainer … but …
End Of The Day, It’s Still A Wonderfully Rewarding Job!
Yes, despite all the above, being a Personal Trainer or Fitness Coach puts you in a privileged position to help others improve their health, fitness, well-being and lives.
This in itself is already tremendously rewarding and satisfying.
” I have NEVER ever regretted becoming a personal trainer. Being able to see the DIFFERENCE that I have made in my clients’ lives is more than enough to keep me going – day after day, week after week, year after year.” Rick shares as he crosses his 20th year as a Personal Trainer and Fitness Coach in Singapore.
If you think you have what it takes as well, take a leap of faith today.
It may be the very change that you – and the rest of the world – need at this point in time.