Good personal trainers can make a lot of money. More and more men and women have decided that they prefer personal training to going to the gym and are willing to pay the extra money to get it.
While there is the temptation for a lot of people to go into the fitness business as personal trainers right away because of the money that can be earned and the freedom of working for oneself and choosing one’s own clients, I would urge anyone who wants to be a personal trainer but has no prior experience in the fitness industry to first train as a gym instructor, and spend at least six months working in a gym or fitness center before going into business for yourself as a personal trainer.
The reason for this is that…
When I decided to enter the fitness industry, I chose a course provider called Discovery Learning to do my training with because they were cheaper than almost every other provider. I looked over their full list of fitness courses and wanted to buy a course that would immediately qualify me to be a personal trainer. I had visions of myself…
But when I called their office to book the course, I spoke with one of their careers advisers and we talked a bit about my situation and where I hoped that my new career in fitness will eventually take me. The woman advised me that to give myself the best chances of success as a personal trainer, I should first get qualified as and work for a time as a gym instructor.
So I enrolled on one of Discovery Learning’s Gym Instructor Courses and two weeks later (gym instructor training doesn’t take long if you’re able to study full time) I had done my assessment and was a certified gym instructor. About a month after that I got a job at a gym in Hammersmith, West London.
Now, I’m not going to pretend that the following year I spent working in the gym was fantastic. The pay certainly wasn’t great. But I did gain valuable experience and connections that would later help me when I became a personal trainer.