Becoming a personal trainer is not boring or stressful. Good choice on
the NASM-CPT certification. It will give you everything you need to be a
successful personal trainer. Make sure you study everything, even if it
seems boring because it will all come together once your start training a
variety of clients.
If you read the page about How
to Become a Successful Personal Trainer, you will know that making a living from
being a personal trainer really depends on your geographical location. If
you live in a large metropolitan area or suburbs you will have a far easier time
than if you lived in a small town away from the city.
Even before you get your certification, the first thing you should do in your
spare time while you are working is research personal trainers in your area.
Find the most successful trainers and contact them.
Pick their brains for any information which they can offer about the local
personal training market. Ask if it is possible try to shadow them for a
couple training sessions. You may even find that you don't want to become
a personal trainer after all.
Scout out local gyms and/or personal training studios (if they exist in your
area) and see which place is most convenient for you and your would-be clients.
Ask as many questions as you possibly can.
Make sure you know each gym/club/studio's exact requirements. Most
personal trainers start working in a large gym. You may even be able to
get a job as a personal trainer before you get your training
certification. Again, ask the club owners/managers what the exact
requirements are. Also ask them how you will get personal training
When you Start
You will most likely start your personal training career in a large gym.
Most large gyms have a plentiful supply of would-be clients. You may have
to start doing "floor hours" where you walk the floor and help gym members.
It is up to you to find your clients.
If you're lucky your gym will have a pool of clients who have training
sessions that either came with their gym membership or left over from other
trainers. These clients are given to personal trainers whose job it is to
provide great services so the clients want more personal training.
If your gym does not give you clients to train right away you will have to
hustle for clients. You will have to walk the floor and talk to people who
look like they need help. You may even have to make phone calls to gym
members who you've never met.
You are extremely athletic and you have experience so it is really up to you
to be yourself and develop productive relationships with your clients.
Always rely on the feedback which your clients provide to give them the best
personal training service you can possibly give.
Your satisfied clients will refer their friends to you. This is the
best way to get new clients. Remember, you have to let your clients know
that you are available to train their friends, or they may never refer you.
Another way to get clients is to advertise your services on various forms of
classified ads. You can use
local newspaper, or online on craigslist.org or other websites. A great way to
get new clients is to build your own website. There are numerous free services
such as facebook and Myspace which you can use to advertise your personal
training services and network with potential clients.
In the future you may want to look into online college degrees which
you can complete during your own spare time from your own home. If you
work as a personal trainer, you can apply much of what you learn online, and
apply it to your job instantly.