If you’ve worked hard at the gym and successfully improved your own fitness levels, why not share your techniques with others and make money at the same time?
Building a career as a personal trainer can be a rewarding experience, but if you’re new to the industry it can be tricky working out where to start. Here are 5 tips to help start your career as a personal trainer.
First up, you need to have all the right skills and qualifications to become a personal trainer.
The best way to achieve this is by enrolling in a personal training course, which will equip you with valuable techniques to make the most out of your training sessions, including guidance on assessing your client’s fitness and dealing with emergency first aid situations.
Next, you need to choose a base where you’re going to work. Think carefully about this decision, because it’s likely to be an essential factor in determining how much money you earn.
Draw up a shortlist of gyms near you and compare them by asking questions like:
- How many members does the gym have? The more members, the more opportunities for work there are.
- How many personal trainers already work at the gym? If there’s already a high number, the competition will be fierce.
- How expensive is the gym membership? If the membership fee is higher, the gym is likely to attract wealthier customers who are prepared to pay more for personal training.
If you’re unsure about answers to these questions, it’s always worth seeking the advice of trainers who already work at these gyms, who can share tips with you on how to build your career.
Now you’ve chosen a gym base, it’s time to get your name out there. Try to advertise your services in as many different ways as possible, whether it’s putting up a poster in the gym or promoting your work on social media.
Sometimes just talking to people on the gym floor can be the most effective way to attract new clients. Be prepared to answer questions from members on the gym floor, and walk up to offer your help to anyone you notice struggling to use the gym equipment.
Don’t underestimate how important it is to develop a strong reputation from the moment you start work as a personal trainer.
Make sure all your clients are happy with the service you’re giving them, and always ask for feedback from them so you can continue to improve.
Another great way to build a strong presence at your gym is to take the lead in some fitness classes there.
Fitness classes are where many people go when they’re new to going to the gym. Therefore, if they enjoy your presence as a teacher in class and learn something new, they’re more likely to approach you for private lessons.
Follow these five steps, and with a bit of luck, after a few weeks, you’ll have accumulated a group of loyal clients you’re helping to get fit.
Once you’ve got to this stage, your focus should shift to staying committed to all your existing clients. Keep in regular contact with them, keep them happy and get to know them personally.
Personal training is as much a journey of physical fitness as it is an emotional journey, and once you understand that, you’ll be well on your way towards becoming a talented and successful personal trainer.