Exercise science is just another name for kinesiology.
[quote]Christian Thibaudeau wrote:
A lot of young guys come up to me with that same question. I always answer them that you need to have one of three things to have a chance to be a successful trainer. You do not absolutely need to have all three, but the more of them you have, the better chance you have.
- A paper attesting of your qualification. This could be a degree in kinesiology or exercise science (best option) or a certification from one of the recognized organizations like the NSCA, ISSA, etc. (JF mentionned a few in his earlier post). Ideally if you bank on this to put your foot in the door having both a college degree AND a cert is the best.
I’ll be the first to say that a degree and certification do NOT make you a good trainer. In fact, it could even make you a bad one if you apply what they teach you blindly. BUT to the general public eye the paper will give you legitimacy as a trainer.
- Personal realisations in an athletic or physique field. This could be a very good athletic career (e.g. olympic level athlete, pro athlete in a sport or college star). To be effective as a hook it must be something special though, just having been on your high school football team doesn’t cut it.
It could also be some success competing in bodybuilding, powerlifting or strongman contests. In fact, this is probably better than having been involved in football or another sport.
It could also be having worked with athletes who had success. For example, I started designing programs and training athletes even before I ‘‘officially’’ became a trainer. In Canada amateur athletes don’t have a lot of money and can’t often afford the guys who are already at the top. I trained quite a few young guys who ended up having some success. When I decided to become a trainer I already had results to showcase.
Finally it could be publications. A book or DVD is the best business card you can have. Obviously getting published is hard and book deals are rarely ended out to nobodies. Which is why I self-published my first book. I invested over 30 000$ of my own money to get it published and printed out and distributed it myself. Lucky for me it was a success and it gave me a great business card from the start.
Now with e-books it is much cheaper to publish a '‘book’. But an e-book doesn’t have the same impact.
Writing articles for a RECOGNIZED website (like Tnation) is also a good way to get your name out and can also help a bit.
- Having a great physique. A lot of successful trainers have built a clientele solely on the fact that they have a body that most people want to emulate.
The ideal physique to get a lot of clients is lean (the leaner the better, unless you start to look gaunt in the face) very muscular but not ‘‘pro-like’’ in size. To give you an idea, I’m talking about the size of an NFL running back or receiver with 8-10% body fat or less.
At 5’8’’ my ‘‘most popular’’ size was 205 at 6% body fat. Now that my clientele is built I can afford to get up to 220-225, but initially this was too big to bring in a lot of people. Understand that very few, if any, trainer makes money solely on training athletes. Even the top trainers make their money training the general population. And the general population prefer somebody who is not pro-size.
Think ‘‘the physique that most men would like to have and the body that most women would like to f…’’ and you’ll be pretty darn close!
Now, these 3 things will ‘‘get you an audition’’ in that they will attract clients. But keeping your clients (the keep to being successful) is a matter of knowledge, passion and trainer-client relationship.[/quote]
Do they offer the degree in exercice science in the province of Quebec? I was supposed to go to Sherbrooke in Kinesiology next year, but I would like to know if theres a better degree I could do instead.