How To Become A Personal Trainer

Since the main character of my mystery-suspense novel Sink or Swim, Cassidy Novak, is a personal trainer and my college major was exercise physiology, I was thrilled to be able to publish the below original article. If you’re thinking about becoming a personal trainer, or are considering visiting one and want to know more about what they do, then you won’t want to miss this informative post!

Despite the current state of the economy, personal trainers are very high in demand because more and more people, (specifically the baby boomer population) are looking for new ways to live a healthier and ultimately more fulfilling lifestyle. The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that there will be a 50% growth rate in the personal training industry over the next ten years.

Personal trainers are responsible for studying a client’s individual lifestyle habits, and must advise their clients on how to eat properly, how to use gym equipment properly and efficiently, or how to rehabilitate an injury. Some personal trainers may even have to design a specialized exercise program for a client which touches on nutrition, cardiovascular training, and weight training.

But essentially the ultimate role of a personal trainer is to help a client achieve his or her goals. Some clients may need to rehabilitate an injury or will be looking for new ways to add more nutrition to their diet, while other clients may simply want to lose weight or build their body mass.

Credentials & training
Unless you have the proper credentials, it can be extremely difficult to get hired as a personal trainer. There are various ways in which one could become an accredited personal trainer, but most employers require that you have some form of certificate or training in CPR and First Aid, as well as a high school diploma. If you’re interested in becoming properly certified as a personal trainer, however, there are programs available which offer certifications to become a Certified Athletic Trainer, a Group Fitness Instructor, or a Certified Health Education Specialist.

The American Council on Exercise and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) may be the best options in terms of credentials, but it may be a good idea to research into other organizations that offer personal trainer exams, workshops and classes in your area, (just make sure they are nationally recognized and properly accredited). Some companies may even offer training or classes in the hopes of hiring personal trainers for their business, so try contacting any clubs or gyms in your area.

Salary information
The average salary for a personal trainer varies greatly depending on the type and size of organization you work for. Personal trainers who work for gyms or franchises tend to make more than personal trainers who work for non-profit organizations, while personal trainers who work for school districts make the most amount of money, and personal trainers who are self-employed make the least amount of money. Personal trainers with one to four years of experience could make $20,446 to $35,811 a year while personal trainers with 20 years or more experience could make anywhere from $24,585 to $32,556 a year.

There is also the option for starting your own business as a personal trainer, however this can be quite expensive as you will need the funds to purchase any gym equipment if you plan on training your clients indoors.

Lisa Shoreland is currently a resident blogger at Go College, where recently she’s been researching physical therapy scholarships as well as the ins and outs of attending vocational schools. In her spare time, she enjoys creative writing, taking weekend trips, and practicing martial arts.

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  1. Magnificent site. Plenty of useful info here. I am sending it to a few friends and also sharing on delicious. Thanks for your effort and the information

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