You’ve spent hours poring over job specs; you’ve looked at graduate roles; you don’t know what you want to do but you know for certain that you don’t want to be sat behind a desk pushing papers for the rest of your life. Perhaps, you already are wondering how the hell you got there?
If this sounds like you, perhaps it’s time to reassess. Ask yourself, do you like working with people? Do you like the gym environment? Do you like the world of health and fitness? Do you like being on your feet, teaching, training, coaching, communicating?
If the answer is yes, then perhaps it’s time to get the trainers on and consider a career as a personal trainer.
Now is a fantastic time to be taking those first steps. The industry is booming and the growth of 2017 is set to continue well. With the total market value estimated at around £4.7 billion and with over a 5.1% rise in gym memberships (that equates to 1 in every 7 people in the UK being a gym member), there are plenty of potential clients for personal trainers to be working with.
If you’re still uncertain, have a look at some other reasons why a career as a PT could be your future.
- Do something you love
- Chance to make positive changes in people’s lives
- Challenging and diverse
- PTs are in demand
- Financial reward
Do something you love
If you spend your spare time training, love sport, love exercise and are ready to hand out tips to random strangers in the gym, then clearly you need to think about training to become a PT. You get to do what you love doing every day and you get paid to do it. What could be better than that? Turning your passion into your career will make work less like work and more like fun.
Chance to make positive changes in people’s lives
What can be more rewarding than helping others create and then achieve goals? As a PT you have the chance to change lives by helping people achieve a happier and healthier existence. You provide the knowledge, guidance and support to help clients transform their lives. The reward? Being there every step of the way, watching, encouraging and helping clients achieve those physical and mental changes.
Challenging and diverse – daily
No two days need ever be the same. Yes, lots of the movements you might teach will be the same, but the people you train won’t be. Variety is, after all, the spice of life. Not only will the people you train be different, but so will the motivations they each have for training; rehab, prehab, transformation challenges, sports-specific training, lifesaving changes. Each client will have unique needs and you’ll have to come up with approaches to meet them.
PTs are in demand
Here’s a straightforward one for you – PTs are in demand. As a nation, we ‘re now much more in tune with what a healthy lifestyle is and isn’t. We’re also much more conscious of making the right choices as well as being prepared to spend money making those choices. PTs help individuals maximise their training, help get results and help to make positive changes in people’s lives. Those changes are what people value and that’s why as a PT you could be busy, busy, busy doing what you love doing.
Do it right and you could earn an extremely good income as a PT. As more individuals are becoming aware of the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle, demand for personal training has grown. Getting yourself onto the best course, getting hired by a gym, or taking the freelance route can put you in a great position to take on clients and enjoy a very attractive income. The more you put in, the more you could be earning. The only thing holding back your earning potential is you.
Build a regular and solid client base, get plenty of experience under your belt and you could be on your way to financial gain.
Switching careers, or taking your first step into the working world might be daunting for you, but the resources are there to help you get the necessary foundation training, as is the support for ongoing and continued learning. If you love the world of health and fitness, if you like working with people, and you like diversity, a career as a PT may well be right for you.