The Pros and Cons of Being A Personal Trainer
Becoming a personal trainer is relatively easy, all you have to do is have a high school diploma, CPR certification and take an exam. The exam will take some studying in order to pass especially if you aren't familiar with the health and fitness world. Considering the amount you can possiblely earn as a trainer compared to what it takes to become a trainer, it definitely seems worth it to become one, or does it?
First, let's look at the benefits. If, you're working at successful health club you can expect to earn between 26 - 45 dollars per session, with a session lasting an hour. Definitely not bad for a high school education. With the good salary also comes flexibility, flexibility to determine your own hours and days you want to work. Of course your hours have to be when the gym is open but, I doubt you would want to train someone in the middle of the night anyway. The last significant benefit of being a trainer is the positve impact you have on people's lives. The people you'll be training havehired you for a reason.. It may be to increase strength, improve apperance or become a healthier person, whatever it may be your there to help.
Now, as good as all that sounds it's not always the case. Even though the money is good the hard part is finding people to train for 40 hours a week. When you first become a trainer your going to get most of your clients by doing something known as floor hous. Floor hours are when you walk around the gym helping people out when possible and mostly trying to get to know people in order to sell them your training services. If, your not a personable, charismatic person this may not be for you. Also, depending on the gym you work at you may have to pay a fee to the gym to train there. Sort of like a hairdresser pays for a chair at a salon so, that's going to cut into profits although, it's usually only about 10 bucks.
So, if your willing to work hard and put in some long hours in the begining to increase your clientele becoming a trainer may be for you. But, if you don't like associating with people too much and your not that good of a salesperson you may want to look elsewhere for your dream job. Bank of Fitness has a great article that goes more in depth on being a personal trainer.
- Good Pay
- Flexibile Schedule
- Impact People's LIves
- May Be Tough To Build Clientele
- "Floor Hours"
- Pay Rent To Gym