If you have ever dreamed of starting a career in fitness, but have felt dissuaded by naysayers claiming that you’ll be limiting your options, you have come to the right place. PT Academy is a group of fitness professionals and educators dedicated to creating opportunities for new fitness professionals and giving up and coming fitness trainers the tools they’ll need to succeed in this fast-paced and highly rewarding industry.
Becoming a personal trainer involves a whole lot more than just running through a few basic exercises with your clients, and can be a life-changing experience that involves travel around the world and meeting with diverse and inspiring people. To help you imagine some of the possibilities that could be available to you should you begin a career in the fitness industry, we’ve created this quick guide. Here, we’re sharing just a few of the incredible perks and opportunities you’ll enjoy working as a personal trainer.
Enjoy Working Outside
Many people imagine that careers in fitness would have them cooped up indoors at all times, but as a personal trainer, you have the option to choose where you train your clients. Lots of people enjoy working out outdoors, and particularly for trainers living in Australia and warmer areas of the world, the chance to workout outside means beautiful views and plenty of sunshine.
People don’t only seek out personal trainers to help them lose weight or gain muscle, but plenty of clients need the help of personal trainers to help them rehabilitate injuries. Physical therapy can be complex, requiring specialized equipment, or quite simple like stretching or swimming. As a personal trainer, you’ll have lots of opportunities to work with clients on their specific injuries or physical limitations to help them achieve fitness goals, retain mobility, regain strength, and lead independent lives.
Work Around the World
The fitness industry is ever-changing, which means there are plenty of opportunities for personal trainers to work overseas and around the world. From fitness conventions to opportunities to work as a guest trainer at various fitness centers, if you love to travel, you could scratch that itch while working in fitness. Thanks to social media, making connections with other fitness professionals has never been easier, so you don’t have to wait to be established to begin making connections.
Work With Anyone
Okay, no, not anyone, you might not be able to work with a celebrity or work alongside your fitness guru, but life as a personal trainer does give you the freedom to target the type of clients you want to work with. Some personal trainers prefer to work with people who they can relate to and vice versa, wanting to work with people whose body types can benefit most from their expertise. Other trainers specialize in working with families, seniors, new parents, pregnant people, people that use wheelchairs, people with learning disabilities, and so on.
Everyone can benefit from regular exercise and the watchful eye of a fitness professional, which means that you’ll be able to find opportunities no matter who you want to work with. You could create a career solely focusing on one type of client or one type of fitness, or open yourself up to diverse clients that want to try different methods of moving their bodies.
Learn for a Lifetime
Once you have completed your Certificate III and IV in fitness and become a certified personal trainer, you might think your education is complete - you would be wrong! As a personal trainer, you will have a lifetime of learning opportunities ahead, both in your professional career and as new techniques and methods are developed and discovered. Each client you encounter will help you become a better, more informed trainer, and teach you just as much as you teach them.
As you advance your career and become an expert at those things you once found difficult, you’ll have the opportunity to add more tools to your toolbox by taking continuing education courses to develop new skills. You could learn to incorporate alternative methods into your traditional personal training techniques, discover improvements to old tricks, and find ways to take your career to the next level.
Not many people get to say that their jobs change people’s lives, but as a personal trainer, you will have the opportunity to change your clients’ lives daily. Some of the changes you will create could be quite small, but for others, you’ll change the trajectory of their lives and help them achieve what they have only ever dreamed of.