I want to be a personal trainer - advice?

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    Aug 12, 2008 8:42 PM GMT
    Okay, so i graduated college with a business degree, and i've learned that sitting in a cubicle is something i can't do. So while i figure my life out i'd like to be a personal trainer.

    Does anybody have any advice if you've been through the process? If i get hired at a corporate gym like 24H Fitness, will they send me to school for becoming a trainer?

    Any help and motivation is appreciated.
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    Aug 12, 2008 9:50 PM GMT
    24 Hour Fitness has its own personal trainer program. You work for them and get your certification at the same time. You will make LESS there until you are certified.

    Another option is to get your certification elsewhere like the Cooper Aerobics Center in Dallas or from ACE, which holds workshops around the country.

    Either way, you are not going to be making much out-of the gate until you can establish a good name for yourself. Advertising helps, but word of mouth is best.

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    Aug 12, 2008 10:06 PM GMT
    I worked in the Corporate World until 2003, took a two year vacation and went back into it for six months in 2006 before I realized I never wanted to wear a tie again or hear the term "Leadership Team" one more time.

    I got my ACE certification & NESTA certification (it's useless) in 2005 and started working at a small "hardcore" gym as a personal trainer....unfortunately, I'm not a muscle head, so it was difficult to look the part (I prefer to call myself a "Fitness Trainer"), but it was a good experience all the same.

    In 2006 I became a Managing Partner @ a large "Boutique" gym here in Dallas and also did personal training on the side....currently, I run a popular "Boot Camp" three days a week and do personal training on the side.

    I'm in the process of getting my NASM certification and from what I've gathered, it is THE certification these days to have on your resume...

    http://www.nasm.org/

    Couple of suggestions: CPTing is a cut-throat business....everyone is out to get your Client and prepare yourself (especially if you're working in the GLBT community) for some huge egos and DIVA mentalities....I thought it was gonna be "easy" and "fun".....it's neither....but it sure beats the Corporate World.icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 12, 2008 10:15 PM GMT
    muchmorethanmuscle saidI've done boot camp style training here in Chicago at the lake front. We'd be at the lake front at the crack of dawn and I loved barking out orders like a mad balls to the walls sargent. icon_smile.gif


    Yep....5:45 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. M-W-F, their ass is mine.icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 12, 2008 11:18 PM GMT
    Okay okay,

    So its good to know where to get certified if I decide to do it on my own. But first i'm applying at the local 24's and that could be good for me - if i get my foot in the door. Will see what happens...
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    Aug 13, 2008 12:01 AM GMT
    A.C.E.!
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    Aug 13, 2008 1:19 AM GMT
    muchmorethanmuscle saidOnly 3 days?

    We did it 5 days a week. But just for one hour each time.
    It was a lot of fun. I miss it.


    Yeah, it's hard enough to get them to show three days a week...its a total of 18 sessions over a six week period.....we limit it to 30 participants and sell out every time....it is fun, but with that many people, there is always someone not giving 100%, but wanting to complain like they are....

    Word of warning....24 Hour and Ballys....all the "Big Gyms" play hard-ball with their employees....its "SELL SELL SELL!" or you're out the door....they live under a constant threat of losing their jobs....
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    Aug 13, 2008 4:38 AM GMT
    I considered 24 hour fitness. I have a 4-year degree that pretty much trumps what they were offering for their personal training certification. I had to take a couple of online tests (which I breezed through) and sat through 2 interviews. I thought it was cake because the trainers I saw working there didn't look like they even lifted weights. During the second interview we talked about sales. While I totally understand that you have to "sell" yourself, I didn't go to school and spend $30,000 on an education to be a salesman. I mentioned that in the second interview as I saw where it was going. Needless to say, I wasn't hired. Perhaps things have changed, but I left the interview with the realization that they don't want trainers to train people, they want trainers to sell training packages--hence all the beer bellied trainers I saw.
    I really do hope that the environment has changed there and I wish you the best of luck.

  • Aug 13, 2008 6:05 AM GMT
    Hey man
    If you are serious about the health and fitness business..I would recommend getting a job at a front desk at a gym. People have no idea that my part-time job at times seems more over whelming than my 40+ hour weekday career. For example, at EQUINOX, I do front desk and front desk employees have the hardest jobs by far. We are suppose to know everything operational about the business, from memberships, the spa, etc. EQUINOX is a fast growing, high-end, high-energy and might I add a GREAT PLACE to work & work out. You cannot get better than that. I am a member of Ballys, and it is just apples and oranges. I learn SO MUCH from the trainers...if I ask or just watch them how they train. They are dedicated individuals who have hight fitness standards and the uphold the companies service standard while they are on the clock..and off when they work out...

    LA LA LA

    so check them out, the part that is most exciting is that they are growing and if you work hard, you can be general manager of one and if your preformance is outstanding, who knows, EQUINOX is looking to expand in Europe...anything is possible.

    Maybe even going to a community college and taking some nutrition, certifications and such. Equinox has classes you must pass to work in the fitness club.

    to wrap it up...myself, I am possibly looking for a career that is more rewarding...working at a fitness club is my foot in if I choose to switch careers...my next step would be to get into nutrition and anything associated with fitness and how to reach goals...think about it...for me, i have to know EVERYTHING about the industry I am in to be one of the best...I hate not knowing shit and looking like a deer in head lights...but anyway good luck to you buddy. let me know what happens. much love
    in good health,
    Miguelito

  • Aug 13, 2008 6:08 AM GMT
    fitguymike saidI considered 24 hour fitness. I have a 4-year degree that pretty much trumps what they were offering for their personal training certification. I had to take a couple of online tests (which I breezed through) and sat through 2 interviews. I thought it was cake because the trainers I saw working there didn't look like they even lifted weights. During the second interview we talked about sales. While I totally understand that you have to "sell" yourself, I didn't go to school and spend $30,000 on an education to be a salesman. I mentioned that in the second interview as I saw where it was going. Needless to say, I wasn't hired. Perhaps things have changed, but I left the interview with the realization that they don't want trainers to train people, they want trainers to sell training packages--hence all the beer bellied trainers I saw.
    I really do hope that the environment has changed there and I wish you the best of luck.


    i hate fat trainers...MAKES NO SENSE...i could scream...or just run into traffic!!!icon_twisted.gif