I know this has been posted alot before, but i am seriously thinking about getting into personal training and thought i would see if anyone can offer any good advice.
As far as certifications go i am kind of leaning towards the ISSA. I want something that will get my foot in the door, but not anything as in depth as the CSCS right now.
I called a local 24 Hour Fitness to see how they pay their personal trainers, as i dont know how that system works. I need to call a few other local gyms as well, but here is what 24 HR told me.
When not training someone you get minimum wage, while you are training a client you get anywhere from $12-24/hr, depending on number of certifications. $12/hr is for no certs, $24/hr if you have the max of three certs. You also get a 20% commission when someone buys an hour of training. Personal trainers are employees of the gym and work a regular schedule.
One of my questions is how people go about wanting to train with you. If someone comes to the front desk and wants to sign up with a personal trainer, does the gym just pair them with whoever is free? Or is it more like a sales type atmosphere, with all the trainers at the gym trying to snag customers as they walk in or are working out.
I need to call a few more places to get a better idea. I live in Portland, OR, and on Craigslist there seem to be regular ads for personal trainers needed.
My other thought was how much does looking the part factor in. At 5’10" 160lbs i am not a big guy. My main activity is Brazillian Juijitsu/Submission wrestling. I train for muscular hypotrophy at times, but also strength endurance, explosive strength, conditioning, not to mention the sparring and skill training. I would not mind working to put on more muscle in the future, its just not my main priority right now. Its hard to be a good grappler and a good weight lifter.
Anyways, as far as looking the part, i dont think anyone is going to choose me to be their bodybuilding coach. I think i could do alot to help the average person get in shape, as well as perhaps eventually some athletes who want to improve their conditioning.
Those are my main thoughts at the moment. I am still not entirly sure i want to persue the PT route, but am thinking alot about it. I want to school, got a BS in Information Technology, and have been working in the help desk field for a few years. It pays the bills, but one can only troubleshoot so many computers before starting to go a little crazy.