I’m guessing there are bound to be at least a handful of personal trainers that browse and use the forums here, so I was wondering, how did you all get involved in personal training (Any and all forms) where did you start, did you work as something else beforehand?
I’m still fairly young and somebody just tossed it out there as something to check out, I’d much rather be in the gym for Â£40 an hour than wasting away behind a desk for half the pay.
Went to college for accounting. Two and half years into it, I got certified to bring in some extra income.
Realize, it was my passion, what I was meant to do. Switched majors to exercise science and haven’t looked back.
I got started with a take-home certification (didn’t realize there was a difference among them), got a job at a gym about 40 miles from home.
While there I found possibly the best mentor I could. He literally changed my life, and my viewpoint on being a trainer.
I’m guessing there are bound to be at least a handful of personal trainers that browse and use the forums here, so I was wondering, how did you all get involved in personal training (Any and all forms) where did you start, did you work as something else beforehand?[/quote]
This topic pops up once in a while. We talked pretty in-depth about it in this thread, Aspiring Gurus:
I pretty much fell into it, myself. But it ended up being something that I do well and enjoy. Can’t beat that, huh?
I landed a job at a GNC…a co-worker there opened up a dojo and I went with him…somehow that parlayed into teaching karate at a summer camp…that turned into teaching phys. ed at the school during the year…somewhere along the way I got certified through ISSA, started training folks in a few commercial gyms, struck out on my own, and the rest, as the cliche goes…is history.
If it’s something you’re interested in, you should keep an eye on Alwyn Cosgrove’s blog (alwyncosgrove.blogspot.com). He puts some great business info there, among other things.
Ah cheers for the link, couldn’t see a similar topic at first glance. I’ll take a look.