7 Great Benefits of a Personal Training Career
If you love working out, if you have a passion for helping people, if you know you want to earn a good living and have some flexibility in your career, why not consider becoming a certified personal trainer?
There are so many benefits of a personal training career, from making a real and positive difference in people’s lives to enjoying regular access to the gym and much more. What makes this career for you is personal, but you have a lot of reasons to choose training.
Before you get started, understand that for a career in personal training, a certification and continuing education are important. This will be the foundation of your skills and proof to employers and clients that you are a professional.
Also know that to succeed as a trainer, you have to be self-motivated and driven, dedicated to helping others and able to adjust, learn, and grow as you work with clients.
What Are the Benefits of a Personal Training Career? Should I Go Through with It?
If you’ve been curious about becoming a personal trainer, consider all the benefits that come with having a career as a fitness professional:
1. Do What You Love
Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life, so the saying goes. There is some definite truth to this statement. If you love working out and being in the gym, can you imagine doing that every day for your career? Guiding clients through training sessions, developing workouts, demonstrating form, leading group fitness classes—all this could be your day-to-day as a personal trainer.
2. Enjoy a Healthier Career
Modern life is so unhealthy mostly because most people are sedentary for hours every day. Work is largely to blame. Most workers sit all day on the job, in offices, at desks, in trucks or cars. Even people who are active outside of work suffer from being forced to sit and be sedentary for so long every day, day after day.
But as a trainer, you’ll have the opposite experience. You won’t be stuck behind a desk, you’ll be active most of the day, and as a result, you’ll enjoy better overall health than you would in an office job.
3. Earn as Much, or as Little, as You Want
The salary a personal trainer may earn varies drastically by individual. This is because the career allows for a lot of flexibility. You can make this a full-time commitment, working in a gym for a regular salary, or you can work part-time or even for yourself, determining your own hours, rates, and earnings.
This flexibility not only allows you to determine your income, but it also gives you space to craft the kind of career you want. Do you want to be your own boss? You can do that. Do you prefer the stability of being an employee? There are plenty of gyms ready to hire qualified, certified trainers.
Check out this ISSA blog post on earning extra cash by adding group fitness instruction to your list of offerings.
4. Choose Your Career Path as a Personal Trainer
That flexibility also extends to the actual career you have with a certification in personal training. You can choose to be a traditional personal trainer, but even then, you have options: work in a gym full or part-time, start a personal training business and be your own boss, or be a freelance trainer working part-time.
You can also choose other types of jobs that require the expertise and knowledge a certified personal trainer will have. Some of the many other options you’ll have with trainer certification include:
- Group fitness instructor
- Yoga instructor
- Boot camp leader
- Weight management consultant
- Corporate trainer and consultant
- Online trainer or coach
5. Work Anywhere
As people across the country become more aware of the benefits of getting fit, careers in personal training have soared. This is the kind of career that you can literally do anywhere. From the smallest towns to big cities and suburbs, trainers are needed everywhere to help people meet their health goals.
And demand is truly high all over the U.S. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers in fitness training and instruction are growing faster than average job growth. Trainer jobs are increasing at a rate of 10 percent. (1) If you’ve always wanted to live in Hawaii, you can work there. If you get tired of the island life, you can go back home and expect to find work easily.
6. You Get to Exercise all the Time
You probably have thought about this career in part because you are personally passionate about working out and staying fit. As a personal trainer you’ll be working on training clients, but at the same time, expect to be on your feet, being active and exercising constantly. You’ll be demonstrating form and exercises, working out alongside clients and groups of clients for motivation, and accessing gyms and equipment whenever you want.
7. Of all the Benefits of a Personal Training Career, Helping People is the Best
Ultimately this is a meaningful and fulfilling career because it allows you to make a positive difference in the lives of real people. This is the true benefit of working in health and fitness. You’ll get to know and like your clients, working with them to improve their lives. They won’t always love you, but when they hit their weight, fitness, athletic, and body composition goals, they will thank and appreciate you.
Training does so much more for people than change their physical appearances and fitness levels. What you really get to do that feels so good is to empower clients, help them realize their own potential and their inner athletes, and guide them to build their own sense of self-confidence and self-esteem. These are powerful changes, and you get to lead people to them.
Learn how to land that important first personal training client with this ISSA guide.
Do I Need a Certification to Be a Personal Trainer?
Yes, you definitely need to be certified. Most states don’t have specific requirements about certification for trainers, but few clients or employers will hire a trainer without certification.
Being certified means you have learned the fundamentals of fitness, movement, exercise science, training, and coaching. It proves you have the knowledge base necessary to help clients meet their goals safely and effectively.
The good news is that certification isn’t hard or time-consuming. You can learn online and get certified by completing the online program and passing an exam. In addition to general certification, you’ll find courses for all kinds of specialties like nutrition, senior fitness, and strength and conditioning.
Are you inspired to get started in a career as a personal trainer? If so, start with the ISSA’s Certified Personal Trainer Course.