(Closed) Career Change Idea – Should I go for it? (long)

posted 7 years ago in Career
  • poll: Should I pursue Pilates certification?
    Yes! If you love doing it, you'll love teaching it. : (6 votes)
    27 %
    Maybe, but you should continue practicing for a few months to become more advanced first. : (10 votes)
    45 %
    Probably not, it's too much of a risk. : (5 votes)
    23 %
    Other - please explain! : (1 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 4
    926 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Disclaimer: I know plenty of people who have quite their 9-5’s for fitness-related jobs, and they’ve never, ever been happier. If you examine all of the angles, not just the “I like doing it,” one. It could be awesome, and I hope it totally is for you.

    Me? Not so much…

    I wanted to become a yoga instructor once upon a time… until I started really watching the instructors. 

    What made me decide against it was not just the cost of training, but also, there’s so much work put in to creating the routines.  It kind of made me feel like it would suck all the fun out of it… for me 🙁

    Some things to consider:

        Do you like working with women?

        Do you enjoy actually teaching people and being in front of a group?

        Will you be able to keep a positive attitude when people in your class whine or complain     about the very thing you *love,* doing?

        How will sick-time and benefits work?

        Does your city have a thriving fitness community? Are there many studios from which you may choose?


    Good luck in whatever you do!

    Post # 7
    454 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    This is an extremely difficult decision!  I’m typically someone who says, “do what makes you happy,” however, I’m concerned that, if for one reason or another, you do not follow through with pilates, you may make it more difficult for yourself to jump back into an office environment.  Have you considered a career change in terms of the field you are working in?  It sounds like you have a solid background in management and if your resume is formatted in a certain way, you can really direct yourself into a careerpath that does NOT involve sales (I’ve been there…and I hope I never have to go back to sales…yuk).  Maybe you could see what HR positions there are? Or maybe there is another professional office careerpath you’ve had your eye on?

    Also, could you pursue the pilates certification while working an “office job?”  If so, I would encourage you to do so.  Can you speak with your current pilates instructor to get an inside view of his/her opinions? There is nothing more satisfying than doing something you love, and it is understanding that you may feel overwhelmed in such a position where there are so many directions to take your life!  Ultimately, the choice comes down to what is best for you.  Goodluck!

    Post # 8
    573 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @Papillon23:  I agree.

    I have been considering the idea of changing careers to get into the fitness field as well because I love working out and learning and sharing new ways as well as learning and sharing new healthy eating tips.

    Personally I think if I ever made the move I would work in my current field while getting certified and then start out with the fitness job being a secondary job. That way if it doesn’t pan out for whatever reason I still have a job.

    Ultimately it comes down to what is best for you and your family.

    Post # 9
    10366 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I would look at the long term ramifications. Pilates is a fad. What happens when the next workout craze sweeps the nation and phases out pilates? What happens if there is another economic downturn in 10 years, and people cut the very expensive classes out of their budgets? What kind of a job would you fall back on – how would you grow in your position? There are options of course – eventually owning your own studio that can change as the fads change, etc – but it’s really important to make sure you aren’t leaving a field that you can never return to just to take a job that may or may not have a life-long future.

    Post # 11
    926 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012


    Yep. It’s not a fad.

    BUT- to crayfish’s point… I think it’s important to cross-train in any profession to safeguard against trends ad economies changing. Pilates + yoga, Pilates + zumba, Pilates + certified personal trainer, etc.

    My sister wants to got to cosmetology school and I told her I would help her and be there for her 100% if she got a certification in all aspects- not just hair, nails, etc.


    Post # 12
    487 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I have 2 friends who are full time fitness instructors.  One is general fitness and teaches pretty much any class available at the gym, and the other is yoga specific but she teaches all styles of yoga.  Ironically, both live in Chicago as well.  I have a few that are instructors for pilates, spin, body pump, etc.  The latter do those as part-time jobs and have a second 9-5 job or other part-time jobs to supplement their income.  The 2 that work full time do about 4 classes a day.  And they do the classes with their students.  They don’t just bark orders at them.  So, before you decide to become a pilates instructor full-time, I’d make sure you’re up to possibly doing pilates up to 4 hours a day.  That would be my biggest concern.  Also, both of them teach 5:30 or 6:30 classes during the week.  How are you with waking up that early to be at work?  On a positive note, both have children.  One has an 8 month old and worked until the day she gave birth.  The other is a single mother and is able to work her job and afford to raise her child.

    Would you be a pilates reformer instructor?  Or just floor?


    Post # 13
    2401 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I personally would go the pilates route and see if you could find a job working at a gym. I would also try to get as many other fitness certifications you can afford to get, especially spin, yoga, or aerobics. If you want to be full time, you need to practice full time. 

    I would also consider the fact that you most likely will not get insurance at any of these jobs and that having a kid will be difficult early on in your career, not just after you get certified. You’ll probably need at least a year to build up a client base. 

    Post # 14
    3267 posts
    Sugar bee

    Personally, i think you’ve forgotten to weigh the financial aspects.

    Fitness instructors don’t typically make much money, don’t have sick days, paid vacations, medical insurance or pension plans.

    Would it be fun? Maybe. But that gets erased if you are stressing about money

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