Careers in fitness–what are the options?

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
513 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@futuremrsbc:  I’m not sure how much time/ training you want to put in, but my physiotherapist is also a certified pilates instructor and teaches classes out of her office. I’m not so secretly jealous of her career. She gets to combine her two talents/ passion, and I’m sure she makes a nice income from it.

Post # 4
2627 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@futuremrsbc:   Are you looking for a career that doesnt require a college degree?


Post # 5
168 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@futuremrsbc:  well timing and certification levels depend on where you live. 


In Canada, personal training is divided by degree or certificate under the governing board CSEP. a CPT designation requires no degree and may be obtained while still completing undergrad. The pay is lesser and is not adequate to work with special populations. This is the one where it is hardest to make a living. 


A CEPT is a certified exercise physiologist, it requires a degree and certification. This is the group most commonly found working with special populations. Combine this with additional qualifications and you have a very versatile career. 


Teaching phys ed is always an option. 


Administrative positions include health and recreation management, coaching, and teaching. 

Many fitness professionals end up opening their own businesses. 


A more offshoot option includes athletic therapy. If you want more info on this one let me lnow as I am a current student. 

Post # 6
264 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@futuremrsbc:  I live in england and there are loads of training providers and you can become certified in not that long at all.

Ages 18-24 can do apprenticeships, so i have applied to do one and should be finding out tonight whether I got it. Its in my local gym and the first 6 weeks they train you as a personal trainer then the following 6 months as a personal trainer.

You could do personal training at a gym whereby they get some of your money but clients are easier to come by and there is more stability or you can do it self employed which can be hard to start with as you have to make your own client base but the money is all yours. The main problem being that people often cancel and some times of the year will bring in way more income than others.

I would suggest that yous peak to your local gym and see whether they offer any kind of traineeships or see if they are any local providers that do. Good luck

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