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Fitness Questions — September 16, 2010 21:00 — 0 Comments

Is personal training a viable employment option now that we are in a recession?

 Is personal training a viable employment option now that we are in a recession?

I'm looking to get certified as a trainer and I was wondering if any personal trainers out there can offer some insight on fitness/wellness industry. Is it wise to go through the process to get certified now? or is it better to wait? what type of yearly compensation would I expect if I started now working for a gym? are there any other responsibilities I might have besides training others if I work at a chain gym? Thanks

I'm a qualified personal trainer, it's not the luxurious job that people think it is, at these present times I would get a secure job in a gym don't go self employed.

The good points are, your meeting new people every day, the job satisfaction is amazing, watching a client hitting their goals that you've helped them achieve.

The problem is, there's no stability with any client, once you've coached them for 10 sessions they know what there doing and they will carry on with that for the rest of their life.

My advice to you is, pick a specific niche and follow through with it (you will have to learn the basics in the gym). I done that and became a strength conditioning coach and a dietitian and I worked with some famous faces in sport, I don't do it no more but it was well worth if.

If you work in the gym chain all you will have to learn is how to do inductions, know how every piece of equipment works, clean the swimming pool, and give nutritional advice, that's about it.

Hope that is of help and good luck!

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