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Careers In Weight Training

What are some good money-making careers dealing with weight training? I’ve asked about personal trainers but some people said that its not good for money because of paying the gym you may work at or something. I’m going to college soon and want to decide on a good career. Since I love lifting I wanted to know of any careers that might be good.

Major in business and start a gym.

Other than that, all the other careers that come to mind involve starting out as a trainer (not necessarily personal).

professional lifter-bodybuilder, powerlifter, olympic lifter, strongman

You could also always go into sports injury doctor of some sort, you deal with lifting injuries

Also yeah start up your own gym is good money making if its nice one

You could become a lifting coach at a college for a sports team

Others
* Athletic Trainer
* Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Specialist
* Dietician
* Exercise Physiologist
* Biomechanist
* Sports Coach
* Physical Therapy

Other then that there are 100’s of physical oriented jobs that are out there that will make you much more money.

if you have great people skills you can make a killing in personal training, depending on your demographics of where you live.

a few trainers at my gym make over 100k a year (a little outside of DC in MD).

of course the vast majority don’t do so well and many end up not renewing their certs to do other stuff.

you could eventually move into some management positions at a gym (fitness director, etc) to supplement your income.

the key is to do what you LOVE, what you have a passion for, and do all that is necessary to achieve your financial goals as well.

I always thought the quickest way to start hating something is to turn it into your job.

The idea of getting paid to workout sounds great, the idea of training other people, not so much.

Although having said all of that, a good friend of mind changed his career to get into training in his early thirties (after being into BB most of his life) and now earns a very nice living doing personal training, and various classes at multiple local fitness centres.

[quote]Padilla7921 wrote:
Major in business and start a gym.
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Can one really make money on a gym? I’ll tell you around here we need a good hard-core gym, and I have occasionally contemplated opening one. I’ve got the cash and love the weight training but no formal training.

Around here we have Gold’s (which is ok if you are a BBer) and Equinox (which is great if you are a pussy with lots of cash to waste) but nothing hardcore.

[quote]entheogens wrote:
Can one really make money on a gym?
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I think it’s possible. I don’t know the normal profit margin on a gym owner, but I’m sure that once it gets establish it become profitable. With a good following and a solid lineup of “accessories,” I don’t see why a gym couldn’t make someone money.

[quote]entheogens wrote:
Padilla7921 wrote:
Major in business and start a gym.
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Can one really make money on a gym? I’ll tell you around here we need a good hard-core gym, and I have occasionally contemplated opening one. I’ve got the cash and love the weight training but no formal training.

Around here we have Gold’s (which is ok if you are a BBer) and Equinox (which is great if you are a pussy with lots of cash to waste) but nothing hardcore.

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Probably not on a hardcore gym. Hardcores don’t want to pay much money to train, as training comes easy to them.

There’s more money to be made in introducing people to exercise and having rows of shiny machines.

At the end of the day, if you’re going to start a business, you need to be sure that it will make a profit. So do some market research. Are people who are hardcore willing to pay the price that you need to set to pay your bills?

I would say no, but that’s just in my experience, where I am training.

Most of the hardcore guys around here would rather pay the cheapest possible prices to train at a commercial gym.

[quote]entheogens wrote:
Padilla7921 wrote:
Major in business and start a gym.
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Can one really make money on a gym? I’ll tell you around here we need a good hard-core gym, and I have occasionally contemplated opening one. I’ve got the cash and love the weight training but no formal training.

Around here we have Gold’s (which is ok if you are a BBer) and Equinox (which is great if you are a pussy with lots of cash to waste) but nothing hardcore.
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Hey entheogens,
I’m curious as to why you’d pigeonhole Equinox (I’m assuming SF?) as a place for ‘rich pussies’. Have you ever visited? You’ll find trainers who compete in Olympic, PL, and kettlebell competitions. Several have trained under Jim Schmitz, former US Olympic Coach.

They have their clients doing everything from cleans to DLs to box jumps to pullups to kettlebells. It’s not a BB gym (not sure exactly what that entails) but you may just run into Dave DuPre, a ‘Golden Era’ BBer who appears in Pumping Iron, and whose Oly and PL stats aren’t terrible (google him).

I’d say think about getting a degree in education and play a sport in college if at all possible. Education is an easy major and when you graduate you could conceivably teach at a high school and be an assistant coach on sports team of whatever sport you played in college.

Otherwise, maybe think about getting a degree in exercise science and try to be a graduate assistant in the strength and conditioning dept.