Post # 1
I’m thinking about becoming a personal trainer. I don’t want to work full-time anymore since I have a baby now. Right now, I’m a web developer an have a salary of ~58K. I know it will be a significant income difference. If I could bring in ~$250/week and not have to pay daycare, we’d still be doing pretty well.
So for anybody that is a personal trainer:
1. What certifications do you have?
2. Do you work at a private gym, big chain gym, etc?
3. Does your gym have you push supplements?
4. How are your hours? Flexible? (I would like to be able to work a couple hours in the morning before Darling Husband goes to work and/or in the evening after he gets home. That way we don’t have DS in daycare.)
5. How do you like your job?
6. Anything else you want to add?
Post # 3
I can’t answer all the questions, however, my husband is a part time personal trainer. He works out of our home (mostly friends and family at the moment) because we have a full gym in our basement.
I know in his courses they highly suggest not pushing any suppliments unless you’ve also taken the appropriate courses to be a nutritionist. People react differently to different suppliments and if someone reacts poorly to something you like, you could be in a bit of trouble. So it’s highly recommended for him not to.
His hours are extremely flexible and he can pretty much work whenever. If he worked at a gym I’m not sure it’d be much different.
Wish I could be of more help but I really don’t know all the answers! 🙂
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2015 - Old Courthouse - Cleveland
Hi! I am a personal trainer and I LOVE it!!
1. I have 4 certifications
-ACE, personal training
-NASM, personal training, corrective exercise and sports performance
-Both are good. However, NASM is more in sports medicine whether benefits your training with today’s clients which are more deconditioned than 50 years ago.
2. I currently work at a private club. I am slowly trainsitioning into my own health and fitness business. Starting somewhere where I could meet people and learn from other trainers was very beneficial in starting my career, especially if I was demonstrating wrong or saying the wrong things.
3. Working at a private club has its benefits. All the money that they collect goes back into the club so there is no use for real marketing. They do not push supplements or anything like that. However, other trainers that have worked for 24 Hour or LifeTime have stressed the need to do this towards their clients. It’s sad….but every business has their own way of making money, right? Anyway, personal training does require marketing and sales but if you do not want someone breathing down your neck to do it, then work for yourself 🙂
4. Your hours can be as flexible as possible. Since you are busy with your family, it could be a little harder since you can’t be wide open but many people are looking for one-on-one instruction and may be willing to work within your schedule, as well. My recommendation is to maybe get a group exercise certification and perform group classes. This way, you can get more money in an hour than working a few hours to get the same. Make sense?
5. I love my job! I decided to make it a career 4 years ago and I would not take any of it back! Personal training is so laid back and so are my clients. I have become part of their lives as they have with mine. It is more personal and you become not only their trainer but friend and confidant.
6. Love what you do 🙂
Message me if you have any more questions!
Post # 5
I am a certified group fitness instructor. I set my classes up as an LLC and I rent space out of recreation centers. I set my own class times.