Can Personal Training be a Career?

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    Dec 29, 2009 5:43 AM GMT
    Hey guys, so i just got a job as a personal trainer at Goodlife Gyms in London (Canada). I have a major in criminology, but my passion is for nutrition and wellness, thus the job. I plan to try it out, and if i like it, pursue another degree in nutrition and exercise physiology and make a career of it. If not, ill stick with my original career path. My one problem is, does it make enuf money to live well?
    Any guys in the field or with knowledge, contribute please!

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    Dec 29, 2009 6:09 AM GMT
    Anything can be a career if you have a passion for it and good business sense. For example, you could train individual people, which is rather limited in scope, or perhaps create a training program that can reach a much wider audience.

    It's important to choose a field you're passionate about. When you like what you're doing, you're likely to be a lot more creative. IMO, you should never work in something solely for money, unless you absolutely have to.
  • 8Always_Hard8

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    Dec 29, 2009 6:16 AM GMT
    i would say right now it is hard because of the economy but if you finish your degree in 3 or 4 years it will be perfect because the economy will be back normal and I would say it would be a good career

    Def something I have been pondering myself icon_wink.gif
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    Dec 29, 2009 6:19 AM GMT
    I would say most definitely it can be a career! There are so many options in this field it is unbelievable. You don't have to be tied down to a gym if you don't want to.

    For example, start your own training business, get your clientele up.
    Or hit up a cruise ship and train people there (make lots of money here).
    Work at a gym and train people through the gym.
    Open your own gym.
    Open a bootcamp type fitness place.

    So many options as I stated before. Even as a side job, it would be amazing. Keep those options open man!
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    Dec 29, 2009 6:22 AM GMT
    Yes sir, focus on overworked, time strapped corporate clients with money to spend monthly that they wont even think about.

    Look at P90X and Tony Little type programs, all sorts of ways to make big money through training. Professional sports teams as well require these services.

    Go for it!
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    Dec 29, 2009 6:25 AM GMT
    It is important that you dedicate your self to the job at hand, giving the clients the service they expect and pay for, being willing to go that extra mile (while keeping a mile for your self too) if you become truly serious, you'll need to ensure your constant development of your skills, courses, books, so on and so forth.

    You can make a living out of it, but you won't become rich from it, Being personal trainer is not something you do because you want to make a mint, you do it because you want to help people.
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    Dec 29, 2009 6:31 AM GMT
    im starting my certification program in january. ive applied to then go back to school for hollistic health care in the fall.

    something that you def dont do for the money.... but a passion.
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    Dec 29, 2009 6:41 AM GMT
    If you want to use your head and think out of the box you can make more than a career out of it. With a pay off of anywhere from $60.00- $300./hr you can do very well.
    I left teaching a few years ago and became certified and added some more school and built a clientele and within in a year I had to hire other trainers. When I reached the point of having six trainers working for me I decided it was time to open a gym. I now have two gyms and the money is still good.If the business climate weren't so unsure right now I would be opening a third. You have to have more to offer than the cookie cutter trainers offered by most of the chain gyms to really make a good run of it, though.
    Good Luck.
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    Dec 29, 2009 3:51 PM GMT
    Personal training can be a career, Group Fit can't but most have both so we don't burn out of one.

    Trainers at Equinox in Chicago make $80 a class they teach and upwards of $200 per hour for personal training. Then again, if their numbers are down they get fired ha!
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Dec 29, 2009 4:21 PM GMT
    Anything can be a career if you're good at it and you know how to network. I know several professional trainers who make a great living at it and find it highly rewarding. If you're into health & fitness, and enjoy helping others achieve their goals, it's probably a great fit.
  • Rowing_Ant

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    Dec 29, 2009 4:29 PM GMT
    If youve the passion and business sense then yeah! Go for it. At the moment with the recession its a bit of a problem, but Ive noticed colleagues who train through the gym and have a boot camp are ok.

    I have noticed a massive turn over in PTs at the gyms I have trained at and worked at due to them being burned out due to the whole having to pay for rent and licence fee and whatnot in a lot of big name chain gyms (Fitness First, LA Fitness etc) which can be utterly crippling if you are starting out as a PT rather than taking an existing business there.