Interested in a career in fitness? If you’ve been thinking about training, here are four great reasons to become a personal trainer
Hi friends! How is your year coming along so far? It’s been a few months since New Years—are you working on those goals and plans you set for 2016? Are you doing what you truly love and working in a career that fits your life and interests?
There are plenty of amazing careers out there, but becoming a personal trainer is a great way to have a flexible schedule and make a difference in people’s lives in a field that is continually growing.
So far I have been a personal trainer for almost four years, and I have been teaching group fitness for about six years. Being a fitness professional has some challenges, but it’s also very rewarding and it keeps me moving and constantly learning. I love it! Here are four of my favorite things about being a personal trainer:
#1: You can make your own schedule
This is one of my personal favorites. Being a personal trainer allows me to do other things that are really important to me, like teaching group fitness, training for races, and blogging.
I am not super-busy with my personal training right now, and I am happy with my schedule! It gives me time for family and friends, cooking healthy meals, blogging, doing my own workouts, and going to sporting events and school functions with my kids. With personal training, you can be as busy as you would like to be, and you can do it alongside other part-time or full-time work as well.
#2: You get to make a difference in people’s lives
Making a tangible difference in people’s lives is the reason many personal trainers choose this career, and it keeps our work fresh and rewarding. One of my favorite moments as a personal trainer was seeing a client with MS improve mobility, strength, and daily functioning as a result of personal training.
Personal training isn’t just about weight loss (thought that’s important, too). It’s about giving your clients the tools to take charge of their health and fitness goals with confidence.
I often joke about putting myself out of a job because my end goal with training is to empower people to help themselves so they can eventually become independent exercisers. It makes me feel great to see former clients continue to pursue their health and fitness goals long after we have finished training together.
#3: You decide which area you want to specialize in
You can decide to work in general fitness or work in specialties, like bodybuilding, senior fitness, therapeutic exercise, endurance sports, youth fitness and sports, prenatal fitness, etc. There are so many areas to choose from! Whatever your passion is, you can make it happen. If your interests change over time, you can change your specialty, too.
Not only can you choose your own niche, but you can also choose where you want to train. I train at a community recreation center, but there are plenty of other options out there. You can train clients at home, online, in private clubs and studios, big-box gyms, community centers, churches, schools, corporate headquarters, or in the great outdoors.
#4: You can develop your own personal fitness goals
Continued learning and staying current on new research is a must in the fitness profession, and your new and expanding knowledge base can further your own personal fitness goals as well as your clients’.
Becoming a personal trainer is one of the best decisions I have ever made! Besides informing my work with clients, it also builds credibility in my health and fitness blogging. Starting a career in personal training doesn’t require years in college, so it’s something that is affordable and accessible to people regardless of their backgrounds.
I’m currently studying to become a health coach through ACE® Fitness!
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Sarah Jane Parker is the founder, recipe creator, and photographer behind The Fit Cookie. She’s a food allergy mom and healthy living blogger based in Wyoming. Sarah is also an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Certified Health Coach, Revolution Running certified running coach, and an ACE Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist