It's not quite what the Facebook adverts promise you.
You'll probably not be earning 6-figures in 6 months, or be working with your ideal client base, or have built a gym from the ground up that now has 200 members in under one year.
Unfortunately, this stuff takes time, effort, luck and a lot of patience, but this is not said to put you off. Being a personal trainer is truly one of the best careers you can have (this is coming from a personal trainer (PT) so admittedly, I am biased). Here are 5 perks that becoming a PT offers:
1) You can, without any shadow of a doubt, change people's lives for the better.
You're the frontline defence against inactivity and unhealthy eating.
You'll spend anywhere from 1-5 hours per week with a person in a profession that can truly make a huge difference to a person health. Adding a few hours of exercise into anyone's life will make a difference, but add the exercise alongside guidance, coaching and education and you've got a combination that can change lives.
2) You can specialise in an array of areas.
Fat loss, muscle gain, corrective exercise, programming, mobility, business, marketing, psychology, human behaviour, sales, bodyweight training, endurance exercise, physique competitors, athletes, bodybuilding, powerlifting etc. There is no lack of available directions you can take your career as a personal trainer, and one of the great things about being in this industry is that you can learn far and wide until you find the subject that you're most interested in.
Let's say you've got an interest in weight loss because you managed to lose weight and improve confidence yourself. Great! There are millions of people out there who are interested in losing weight and you can study weight maintenance, hunger, habits, changing behaviour and understanding marketing so you can direct your business towards these people.
I don't know if this me being biased (again) because I work for an education and support company for PT's, but I feel like there are no other industries that I know of that have a community quite like the personal training one. I speak to at least 10-20 personal trainers every week, I bounce ideas off many who I trust, I attend events with hundreds of other professionals, I follow, like and share content that I see other trainers create.
When you become a PT, you join a community of other trainers who, for the most part, have the same core values, interests and want to make this world a healthier place.
4) You get to wear comfy clothes all day.
You know those clothes that people put on after a long day? You get to wear that stuff all day, every day.
You'll no longer shop for smart shirts, dresses or evening wear but you'll now spend your time looking at Under Armour, Lululemon and Nike gear.
Maybe you'll turn into Barney Stinson from "How I Met Your Mother" and start wearing suit pyjama's to bed just because you wear comfy, workout clothes so often.
5) You get to pick when you work.
Yes, you will have to do hours that others think about and laugh at and yes, you will probably have to take classes at times that aren't ideal, but for much of your schedule, the choice is truly yours.
Don't want to work a Wednesday after 6pm because the Champion's League is on? Don't schedule clients then.
Hate mornings but love evenings? Start work after midday each day and finish later in the day.
Have kids that need picked up at 3pm, dropped off at 6 for clubs and then picked back up at 8? You only work with clients who can do before 3 in that case.
You get to choose who you work with, when it fits into your schedule and how often you work. Nobody forces you to work a 9-5 like other jobs do.
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.