Running Up The Fitness Career LadderWednesday, May 10, 2017
If there's one industry that is booming in 2017, it's got to be the health and fitness industry. This sector has been simmering on low for some time now, but it has only been in recent years that it truly has grown into something quite remarkable. More and more of us these days are taking our health and fitness seriously, thanks to the plethora of resources that are now available to us. What used to be the odd weeknight session in the gym after work has now turned into a fully fledged routine that you barely deviate from, and the results speak for themselves. If you want to become more immersed in this world and take your dedication even further, why not consider a career in the industry? It can be a great way to continue developing your skill set within the fitness world while making a living from what you love at the same time. However, it isn't the kind of job you can simply fly into at the very highest level. You may need to start on the bottom rung and be prepared to work your way up in order to achieve solid success. But if you're willing to put in the groundwork, it can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Here's how you can get your break in the health world and build a career you're proud of.
Work in the Environment
The first thing to do is to work out what kind of role you actually want within the industry. There isn't a better way to do this than to take on some entry level positions in gyms or fitness centers, even if it's working on reception. Here you will be able to observe the personal trainers and the industry experts training their clients and offering support. You may also be introduced to information based on nutrition and diet plans. Utilize this experience by getting involved as much as you can, and it will help you decide if this really is the career for you.
Get Your Qualifications
Whether you like it or not, working in the health and fitness industry is a medical profession - so you need to be fully qualified. Don't worry if you're not naturally academic, as there are plenty of gym instructor courses that can take you through everything step by step, for as long as you need. As long as you apply yourself there's no reason why you can't pass all your exams and be one step closer to that dream career.
Once you've been qualified and have been personal training/health coaching for a while, you may want to consider specialising instead. Many people are looking for specific niches regarding their health and fitness, and you can potentially make more money from streamlining your approach too. For example, you may want to venture into holistic-based healthcare, or perhaps the types of workouts you enjoy doing the most are military-based. Adopt these niches as your trademark and see the clients flood in.