Choosing the perfect career path for yourself is tricky. When we finish school, our parents put a lot of pressure on us to choose ‘something to do’ be this studying towards a particular profession, taking a gap year or finding a job. Not many of us, at 18, know what we want to do for the rest of our lives. Is what you study in your early 20s the career that you want to be in when you’re 40? Maybe yes, maybe no.
Being a personal trainer is not a career path that you can go to at 9am and leave at 5pm and forget about it over weekends and in the evenings. If you want to become a personal trainer, you have to want to follow this career path with your mind, body and soul. If it is just an intellectual decision, you’ll probably hang up your training shoes after a year or so because you won’t feel the drive and passion to carry on.
So how do you know if becoming a personal trainer is part of your destiny? Here are a number of pointers to guide you.
A passion for fitness
It goes without saying that if you want to become a personal trainer you need to have a love and passion for fitness. Getting up at 4am to go and train must not feel like a chore for you. Or, after a long and tiring day at the office, you must be stoked to get to the gym and do a tough workout – even if you’re utterly exhausted.
Fitness is a way of life. You must be ready to commit to it 100%. This commitment cannot fail. Not ever. That cannot waiver. If you feel that you are this type of person, congratulations! You’re one step closer to possibly becoming a personal trainer.
A thirst for knowledge
Being a personal trainer is an exciting and dynamic career. You will study the art and science of personal training when you first qualify. However, you’ll need to carry on with your learning well after you’ve studied. This is because there are always new exercise techniques that are being developed and, as such, you’ll need to learn how to teach these to your personal training clients in order to keep your business current.
A can-do attitude
One of the main goals that people, who sign up for personal training sessions, want to accomplish is losing weight. Some of these are quite overweight and need to spend a lot of time in the gym to get rid of the excess weight that they are carrying.
Losing weight doesn’t happen overnight. Even when you’re combining exercise and the right nutrition plan, depending on how much weight needs to be lost, and how dedicated the client is to their weight-loss plan, losing weight can take months and possibly even years.
A big part of a personal trainer’s job is motivating and encouraging their clients to keep on pushing with their fitness routines. Even if the client gets into a negative rut, it’s the personal trainer’s task to gently coax them out of the funk that they’re experiencing and get them back onto the path of health and fitness.
Being a personal trainer is a calling. It’s not a quick way of becoming rich and famous. If you work hard you will be lucky enough to earn a good living. Being a personal trainer is an extremely rewarding career path as you’re helping people change their lives and mental outlook. Just be sure that it’s meant for you.