Having children often brings a natural pause to take stock and reassess our priorities…to think about what we would love to do rather than a job that just pays the bills. If health and fitness is your thing, Luke from Origym has some pointers for you. Over to you Luke.
January is the busiest time of the year for most of us, after hopefully having some time off for relaxation and celebration over the Christmas period, It is back to the norm of routine and work, which can be more daunting for some of us more than others. I find it disturbing when people say they are dreading going back to work as we spend most of our lives at there and often the importance of job satisfaction is crucial to our overall happiness and wellbeing.
According to MyVoucher.com, setting a new career goal in the top five most prominent New Years resolution and the desire to re-train to become a fitness instructor or personal trainer within the fitness sector mirrors this trend. The fitness industry is not just the time where gym novices and seasonal trainers start flooding back to the gym, with this year being the year they finally get their dream body until March hits and those same people have given up and fallen off the bandwagon. It is also the time where more people enrol onto a fitness course than any other, seeking to make their hobby their main form of income.
If fitness is an important element in your life and the idea of going back to the mundane of a 9-5 office job does not appeal to you, then taking action and becoming a personal trainer might be a career path worth considering. You may not know the benefits of becoming a personal trainer and why it has been rated in The Times’ top ten, as one of the most rewarding jobs in the UK, but take a look at this list of reasons why over ten thousand people will make this decision in January alone this year:
1. Job Satisfaction – Have a career that focuses on your interests
2. Rewarding – Play an influential role in changing someone’s life
3. Choose when you work – 79% of personal trainer roles are freelance, become your own boss
4. Personal Trainer Salary Average (UK) – £27,000 National Average, not too shabby
5. You get to wear trackies and a vest everyday….Yes please!
6. Practical based job, no more sitting at a desk for you.
7. Great social implications in that you will always meeting new people
And many, many more…..
BUT HOW DO YOU GET QUALIFIED TO BECOME A PERSONAL TRAINER?
Firstly you need to be fully qualified as a level 3 personal trainer to be able to obtain the relevant insurance to conduct one to one personal training sessions. Think of it like the same way you need a license to drive a car, even if you know how to drive, you still need a license to get insurance and not make yourself liable for any damages. Fitness certification works in the same way, you need two fitness qualifications; the level 2 gym instructing and level 3 personal training qualification, this is the minimum requirement to become a personal trainer.
You can go via a college or a specific training provider, but always, always ensure that the fitness qualification you purchase is backed by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) and is through a recognised awarding body, like Active IQ or YMCA Awards. Unfortunately there are providers that have not gone through this level of accreditation and ultimately the certificate you receive is worth no more than the piece of paper it is printed on. Once you have identified the right company for you, choose the learning method that suits you best in relation to the way you learn, your financial position or what type of studying fits into your schedule, Now you will be all set to realising your dream career.
WHAT CAN YOU ACTUALLY DO WITH YOUR PERSONAL TRAINER CERTIFICATION?
The fitness sector is huge and many people think you get qualified to work in a gym and you might think that too? Although yes, the majority do take this career choice, there are more options than you perhaps think on how you can make a very good living from fitness. Simultaneously, not all personal training roles are the same either with gyms and health clubs operating under completely different business models, resulting in the way personal trainers earn the wage unique to that gym. Take a look at this list of jobs, roles and opportunities that might intrigue you:
1. Become a class instructor such as bootcamps, pilates or Yoga
2. Become a Gym Instructor
3. Become a Gym Manager
4. Become a freelance personal trainer for a gym
5. Become a freelance personal trainer for home visits or from gym to gym
6. Work as a physical trainer for the NHS or private healthcare clinic
7. Become a sports therapist, sports rehab or injury prevention for a sports team
8. Become a fitness tutor
9. Work for the MOD as a Personal Trainer
10. Start your own gym, private fitness studio or fitness club
There are many more options that you could explore and often, successful personal trainers have multiple job roles to add as many strings to their bow as possible, as this naturally increases their earning potential. The fitness industry is growing at a fast rate and in fact has grown very year for the past three decades but within the last few years it has exploded with awareness of health and fitness being amplified via social media and government focus to increase sporting and fitness participation. There has never been a better time to get involved with one of the most exciting industries it the world with the first time in recent years personal trainers are high in demand to fill this new avenues.
Whether you want to become a personal trainer or want to do any career for that matter, make sure you take action and start working towards a career you know you would enjoy, after all life is too short to spend not following your true calling.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Luke is a qualified personal trainer and Director of Origym, an education company for the fitness sector as well as a gym owner. He moved from Birmingham to Liverpool to follow his passion for fitness and start his own career within the fitness sector. Luke enjoys everything fitness, but his true sporting focus is cycling and in his spare time he can often be found climbing the hills of the lake district.
This is a sponsored post to encourage mums to think about their career options.
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