Breaking into personal training business

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    Apr 16, 2010 6:48 PM GMT
    I was recently laid off from my job and have been looking into getting certified to be a personal trainer. I am looking at NASM and I was looking to get insight from other trainers on what to expect starting off getting into this industry.

    I live in nyc and want to know what first year trainers can expect to make. I have looked into jobs at gyms such as equinox that do not pay that well only starting you out at 8 bucks an hr three days a week. I was wondering if that is the norm for big chain gyms in nyc such as nysc, david barton and crunch? I know most of these gyms take a cut of whatever you charger per session as well. I have been told going the independent route is the best way to go because you keep all the money. Is it best to start at a chain gym to build your client base and then go this route?

    My main concern is if I will be able to support myself financially and starting off in a new career is always scary. I am wondering if anyone has felt cut backs who are trainers with the recession? I'm thinking of doing this part time to start off and If anyone has any insights on this I'd appreciate any info!
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    Apr 16, 2010 10:07 PM GMT
    MJ2040 said ...I have been told going the independent route is the best way to go because you keep all the money. Is it best to start at a chain gym to build your client base and then go this route?

    My main concern is if I will be able to support myself financially and starting off in a new career is always scary....


    Starting out a well run chain gym can provide two, key benefits before putting your own money on the line being an independent.

    First, you learn how a successful operation runs. You learn not only their approach and methodology to selling and delivering training, but also the management of the facility as well. Why recreate the wheel of success if you can learn the formula and emulate it? If a person is going to make mistakes while learning, it's better to do it on the chain gym's dime, and not your own.

    Second, you are gainfully employed while you are learning more about the business of running a personal training business and gym. So, although you will not be making all the money in the beginning, you do have a steady income while you're learning and building your reputation. This helps you to make the transition between careers without unnecessary stress over finances.

    Best wishes for success to you no matter what you choose to do!

    Aloha and Be Well!
    Alan
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    Apr 16, 2010 10:13 PM GMT
    Yeah what the guy above me said.
    You can build up your reputation and clients... but these chains usually make you sign a contract saying that you can't steal their clients? Not sure, but it's tricky.
    Once you gain some experience you can try places like craigslist- and employ yourself- so you could be earning about $60 per hour.
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    Apr 16, 2010 10:18 PM GMT
    GAMRican said
    MJ2040 said ...I have been told going the independent route is the best way to go because you keep all the money. Is it best to start at a chain gym to build your client base and then go this route?

    My main concern is if I will be able to support myself financially and starting off in a new career is always scary....


    Starting out a well run chain gym can provide two, key benefits before putting your own money on the line being an independent.

    First, you learn how a successful operation runs. You learn not only their approach and methodology to selling and delivering training, but also the management of the facility as well. Why recreate the wheel of success if you can learn the formula and emulate it? If a person is going to make mistakes while learning, it's better to do it on the chain gym's dime, and not your own.

    Second, you are gainfully employed while you are learning more about the business of running a personal training business and gym. So, although you will not be making all the money in the beginning, you do have a steady income while you're learning and building your reputation. This helps you to make the transition between careers without unnecessary stress over finances.
    Best wishes for success to you no matter what you choose to do!


    Aloha and Be Well!
    Alan


    I could not have put it any better than this. I know what you are going through. I worked 15 years for a large drug store chain in store management and then at the District level and my job was eliminated last September. I decided to strike out on my own and went with a network marketing company that has a health product. I am now wondering why I did not do this sooner. This is the second time I have worked for myself. It is really tough getting started but the rewards are well worth it.

    In your case I would do it like Alan said.
    Good luck to you and let us know what you decide to do.