I'm thinking on becoming a Personal Trainer.

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    Oct 08, 2007 9:01 PM GMT
    I'm thinking on becoming a personal trainer and I was wondering if I could get some advise, thoughts, or comments on the subject from other personal trainers or from any one in general. I just want to know what other people think about personal training and trainers.

    KevinII
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    Oct 08, 2007 11:35 PM GMT
    Kevin,

    I'd be happy to discuss it with you - but would rather do it in chat. Windows Messenger or Yahoo Messenger...or here.

    Joey
    NSCA-CPT
    www.prime-fit.com
  • rusty_dk

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    Oct 08, 2007 11:42 PM GMT
    I'm not a personal trainer but from what ive heard the pay isnt that great....but im in a dif country to you so could mean a whole difference...
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    Oct 08, 2007 11:50 PM GMT
    In the USA, the rates vary depending on the area. Here in rural Iowa, trainers cost ~$25 per hour. I think in urban areas, the cost is several times higher than that.
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    Oct 08, 2007 11:59 PM GMT
    Depends how much crap you're willing to deal with.

    The job cuts both ways. It can be rewarding, and sickening, at the same time.

    Many times, folks have, deeper, underlying issues that need to be treated, other than being overweight, out of shape, etc. They talk a game, but, many never do anything to change. The saying goes, "if you continue to do things the same way, things will remain the same."

    This is especially true with gay folks.
  • HotCoach

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    Oct 09, 2007 12:06 AM GMT
    CPT here in Sun Valley Idaho. Pricey area. We make about $60/hr. So pay is good but you have to have very good communication skills as the clients are there to work out and to socialize.
    And it gets old.
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    Oct 09, 2007 9:35 AM GMT
    Kevin, being in and around the "gym" industry for over 20 years I would have to suggest FOR YOU to persue another career. You are very young and think you might enjoy another pursuit such as physical therapist, or other related fields in the medical community. Job security, medical benefits, and the almighty 401K are extremely important now and in the future.
    Possibly your college can give you direction as to what courses, and advise as to the growth of future needs in the medical service areas!
    Best to you and hope you make the right career move!
    Palmer
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    Oct 09, 2007 1:00 PM GMT
    BuiltHot makes a great point...physical therapy is rapidly changing to where more "wellness", sports conditioning and personal training is being integrated into Physical Therapy clinics...many private practice Physical Therapists are even adding their own "wellness centers" with state of the art cardio and strength machines to offer their patients who complete therapy but need more physical activity with medical type supervision that they just cant get at a 24hr fitness or Gold Gym...

    I have a career because of this....consulting medical based facilities on adding "wellness" technology into their mix...

    And there is a shortage of Physical Therapists right now...especially in hospitals.

    Look into it if you desire a career in physical fitness...its a great option.
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    Oct 18, 2007 4:02 AM GMT
    I'm actually working to get certified as an ACE personal trainer just as a part time job while in college to become a physical therapist. Physical therapy has a huge outlook and pays very well depending on where you live and where you're working (hospital, private practice).


    Depending on you're location, personal training can hugely vary in price. There are people who charge $100 per session, and are making tons, because they know their stuff and have many clients.

    A career in personal training doesn't pay as much as physical therapy, but do what you love, and you'll be able to survive.
  • 11city

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    Oct 18, 2007 4:20 AM GMT
    Personal Training is awesome! I got certified through NASM, which is the certification the NBA prefers its trainers to have.

    In conjuntion with some of the other comments to this post, using Personal Training as a springboard to another fitness profession might be a wise decision.
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    Oct 25, 2007 8:20 PM GMT
    Been thinking of this myself. It would be a great "day" job i think. Working two jobs, one as a personal trainer and the other as a dance teacher would be ideal!