Before we get into this blog post, we have created an animated version of it above for you to watch. This may make it easier for some of you to understand why it's so important to pick the correct personal training course.
Every year thousands of people look to change their careers and move into their passion for personal training and helping others. We spend large portions of our lives working, so finding a fulfilling career is essential to long-term happiness. However, for many taking the steps to change careers into the world of self-employment comes with very real risks and consequences. Many of us have bills to pay, families to provide for and houses to run. We cannot afford to have time where we are not earning money and will often have a short “buffer period” in which we go from a regular wage to needing to make enough money from our new careers in order to pay our bills. Get it wrong and at best you will be back in the old job you hated having failed at your one attempt to make the switch. At worst, you could be struggling to pay household bills.
“Following Your Passion” Is Foolhardy Advice
When speaking to friends or engaging in social media it’s common to see platitudes on career change such as “do something you love and you’ll never work a day in your life” or sentiments like “following your passion”. Whilst well-meaning, they can often be the worst advice possible for many people wanting to become trainers.
Let me explain.
Passion, drive, and determination are ingredients to make any top personal trainer, but can also lead to impulsiveness and often reckless decision making. We know when you are in pain, when you are unhappy, uncomfortable in your circumstances or in a job you dislike, all you want to do is make a change, take that jump and get out of the situation you are in now.
And the industry is waiting for you.
Short courses, guaranteed interviews (so you can pay gym rent) and promises of quick money at the end of it drive people to leave their jobs and take on “intensive training courses” in a misguided attempt to follow their passion. Full of promises, low on development. Just 12 weeks later they are a “qualified” personal trainer and before they know it they are on the gym floor competing for customers.
You have a very short time frame to hit the ground running, get clients, retain clients and start earning money so you can firstly pay your gym rent, then have enough to take money out of the business and actually live! All the while having to learn at a breakneck speed as you scramble to learn.
“We don’t rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training” - Archilochus
Allow me to put the scale of the task into context.
A brick layer’s apprenticeship typically takes between 24-30 months in which they will be provided both formal and experiential (on the job) training. A hairdresser? You are looking at 2-3 years. Chef? Same again. But to become a personal trainer? To understand exercise selection, exercise correction and manipulation, communication, screening, online and offline lead generation, programme design, anatomy, injury history, cueing, any number of nutritional principles, motivation and behavior change, principles of hypertrophy and business acumen? 12 weeks and you’re out the door and on your own.
Such an expansive and diverse skill set required to become a top personal trainer and we typically give people 12 weeks and less than five hours of “case studies”.
12 weeks own and you’re expected to be able to handle any of the vast array of clients you encounter on the gym floor. From the elderly client with bad knees to the young lad looking to build some muscle. Let that settle in for a second and it soon raises some very real red flags on the current entry standard into the industry.
Three years for a haircut but 12 weeks for someone’s health!
Passion alone is not enough and if you rush through a course you are setting yourself up to feel under-prepared by your training and overwhelmed by what you don’t yet know. We have seen it hundreds of times with some of the new trainers who have joined LTB Education (a service for already qualified trainers).
There’s a reason that so many trainers leave the industry quickly after entering. It’s soul destroying to see great people, people who are motivated to help others change their lives and provide themselves with a fulfilling career, people who could have been greater trainers given the right training and environment in which to grow, let down by the standard of their training. The standard which is unfortunately considered “normal” within the industry.
"Development starts the second you get your certificate" – Kelvin Giles
If you’re not happy with the way things are you can either accept it (and moan on social media ;), or you can try and change things.
Change is exactly what we want for the industry at LTB Training.
Firstly, we have extended the level two and three to six months to allow a greater depth and breadth of topics to be covered, laying solid foundations for your personal training business. Now that’s a good start but it’s still not enough. Secondly, we have added an additional 6 month “applied phase” (check out the prospectus download for more information). This phase not only provides you with the most cutting-edge information for personal trainers it also provides you with support and guidance in those vital first six months as a trainer (and beyond). On the job training and support as you step out into the world of personal training, allowing you to build your business alongside your current job in order to help you make a smooth career transition.
Longer than the promised 12 weeks for other courses? Yes, but an investment period to lay the foundations of your career for years to come.
If you’re thinking of changing careers you could be on the verge of a job that really does provide you with both financial and career freedom. However, with such a massive life event it’s imperative you choose wisely when selecting the right course if you are to set yourself up for future success.
Want to Learn More About Lift The Bar Training?
If you’re thinking about becoming a personal trainer who doesn’t become part of the statistic of not lasting longer than 18 months in the industry and you want to give yourself the best learning platform for becoming a trainer, our course is for you.
The Lift The Bar Training qualification is the industries first personal training course that merges both online and offline learning while also having an extended Applied phase that supports you in the early stages of your new career. Rather than just receiving your qualification and throwing you out into the world (like Sarah experienced above), we guide you so that you get a fantastic platform to build from in one the most challenging stages of your career.
Having worked with 1000’s of personal trainers, the education team at LTB Training have created a 12-month long industry leading personal training course that includes a foundation level 2 and entry level 3 qualification, which allows you to become a fully certified personal trainer. This has been created with practical application at the core and with cutting edge research in mind so that you’re left with no stone unturned for starting off your career as a personal trainer. You’ll then complete our qualification by going through a 6-month applied phase, which teaches you the essentials of how to work with personal training clients and arm you with the knowledge on how to build a business that lasts and helps as many people as possible.
Our next course launches on the 4th of February 2019. You can find out more about what it includes by clicking on the "certification" tab at the top of this page
The fitness industry is full of myths, misconceptions and bad information. When starting out in your career it’s hard to know what is right, what is wrong and how to tell the difference.
LTB Training educates and mentors thousands of personal trainers around the UK. Our goal is simple. Provide the best education, in order to produce the best personal trainers. In doing so, we hope to be the solution to a failing fitness industry and an increasingly unhealthy population.