When you become a fitness instructor there are several avenues you can go down. Some instructors work with individuals to help them achieve a desired goal. This could be to lose weight or to become fitter and stronger, or perhaps both. In other cases fitness instructors take classes in one or more areas, like yoga, aerobics, or using static exercise bikes.
Most fitness instructors (personal trainers) focus on specializing in one or two areas, rather than trying to cover everything. It means you will be more employable as you can act as a general fitness instructor or taking classes in specific subjects.
Where do I start?:
To become a fitness instructor (personal trainer) you need to have a recognized qualification like:
* Level 2 – Certificate in Fitness Instructing.
* Level 2 – Diploma in Health, Fitness and Exercise Instruction.
* Level 2 – Diploma in Instructing Exercise & Fitness.
Further qualification also include:
# Level 3 – Diploma in Fitness Instruction and Personal Training.
# Level 3 – Diploma in Personal Training.
Fitness instructor courses are widely available through colleges and private training providers. Membership of a professional organization, such as the Registrar of Exercise Professionals (REP’S) or National Registrar of Personal Trainers (NRPT) is also a good way to demonstrate your competence and skills.
Where can I work?
Many fitness instructors or personal trainers are self employed. If you want to be employed, you could look for a job with health clubs owned by large chains, at resorts and spas, on cruise ships and with large companies providing workplace fitness facilities.
HOW CAN I START MY OWN GYM?
Start by following the following steps:
1. Obtain a fitness professional certification – Credibility is important when opening any gym. Loan officers and customers will regard your level of industry experience as a reflection of your competence and abilities.
2. Review and select your services – Gym’s offer a number of services to their clients from rehabilitation to weight loss. Determine your customer base factors into the type of services and classes your gym will offer.
3. Location – Find a gym location that will support the services your gym will offer. Seek out demographic areas that will support your gym’s services. When seeking out a location consider things like street access, parking, security and visibility.
4. Equipment – Select fitness equipment after selecting your gym’s services and determining the required fitness equipment needed. Also consider leasing and purchasing options when estimating the cost of fitness equipment.
5. Business Plan – Write a business plan to get gym financing. Starting a gym will require both a written business plan and loan application.
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