At least if you’re like me, you’re obsessed with all things health and fitness. Yoga pants are ones uniform of choice for working out at the gym. The next logical step in ones fitness journey is being an instructor and teach others.
Having no idea how this works is the only problem. If you become a fitness instructor or a teacher? To what extent are independent contractors and employees distinct from one another? Is liability insurance really necessary? The field of health and wellness offers a wide range of career options, making it difficult to track down reliable information.
For those who are just getting started in the fitness industry, I’ll be writing a series of articles on how to get your feet wet, as well as how to ensure that seasoned fitness professionals have all of their bases covered.
5 things to know about a career in fitness
1. There’s no good way to make money than this.
The fitness industry is unlike any other in that it pays well and provides a fulfilling work environment. You never know what you’ll learn or who you’ll meet on any given day. There is no such thing as a typical client, and there is no such thing as an average day. Every day is a new chance to start over, to develop your current abilities while also learning new ones. Your heart and soul will be filled with joy as you see a client as well as class member make strides toward their fitness goals. When someone comes to you with a health concern and asks for your advice, it is an honour. There’s no better way of making money, in my opinion.
2. It takes a long time to get back to break-even.
A career with in fitness industry does not come cheap. Starting out, you’ll need atleast one certification (lets hope more as time goes on), continuing education credits, liability insurance, proper footwear/clothing, and a good soundtrack to keep you motivated. New courses will be offered, old certifications will need to be renewed, old shoes will need to be replaced, as well as the supply of new music will never run out. Everyone’s break-even point is different, but it usually doesn’t occur right away. The initial investment is not insurmountable if you plan ahead. Maintaining a career in fitness isn’t cheap, but it’s well worth it.
3. If you’re training for a living, it’s easy to lose focus on ones personal training goals.
Make the right choice in your fitness career if you want to compete in the Olympics, become the next powerlifting rock star, and do anything that requires a lot of training. For trainers, and on the lightest days they are still expected to load weights, bring kettle bell kilo and hoist dumbbells, and demonstrate to their clients. To safeguard of your students, you would need to demonstrate proper technique. Even if you find ways to save energy along the way, you will still be worn out towards the end of the day. Never, ever assume that your day’s workout will be teaching a class. In the fitness industry, it’s up to you to make certain that everyone else is trying to get a good workout, not yourself. This could mean that you’ll need to gather your energy to finish ones own training session after several classes as well as sessions in a day.
4. Clothing and footwear will be quickly depleted during your workouts.
With your chosen career, you’ll wear out your workout shoes and clothes much faster than you ever thought possible. Having multiples anything that could be alternated is a great way to extend the inevitable wear – and – tear on your gear. This way, you don’t have to buy a pair of shoes every day, week or month. Once again, we find ourselves at the “breaking-even” stage. I’m a big fan of athletic wear, so when old yoga pants begin to fall apart, I’m always eager to get my hands on a new pair.
5. The road to success isn’t an overnight one, but it does exist.
First, you need to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge. Then, you can begin pursuing a career in physical fitness. In the pyramid of success, everyone begins at the base as well as works about there way up. If you’re willing to put forth the effort, you’ll get the results you’re looking for in the fitness industry.