There are a growing number of individuals today who are becoming increasingly aware of the value of leading a healthy lifestyle that includes sensible diets and regular, highly achievable physical exercise regimens. As such, there is now a growing need for highly-trained, dedicated, committed, and duly-certified personal trainers who can show individuals the correct path to a life of health and fitness. And if you think you have what it takes to pave the way for another individual to achieve his or her fitness goals, then here are the steps you have to follow.
Recognize your own values and beliefs about fitness.
One of the most important steps to becoming an effective personal trainer is to have a really deep introspection about your own beliefs and values about leading a healthier lifestyle. The notion of a personal trainer as a life coach is not misleading. As a matter of fact, one can always look at personal trainers as specialty professionals under the life coaching umbrella. The point is that your values about fitness, exercise, and general health may affect the way in which you provide guidance to a client.
Strengthen the innate qualities of a good personal trainer in you.
Once you’re clear about your values, make sure to have a very clear understanding of the unique qualities required of a good personal trainer. How patient are you? How strong are your motivation, communication, and interpersonal relationship skills? Can you design a program that nurtures the innate skills of your client? Can you sit down endless hours and really listen to what your client is saying? There are many qualities of a good personal trainer that most people don’t have. That is why it is imperative that you look deep into yourself and assess whether you have these qualities or not.
Get appropriate certification.
One of the things clients will be asking from you before they decide to get your services is your certification. The good news is that there are plenty of reputable organizations that can provide certifications for personal trainers. Examples of such organizations include the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Council on Exercise, and the American Fitness Professionals and Associates, just to name a few. Each of these programs will entail several weeks up to months of coursework including a competency examination whereby the different aspects of your professional competencies as a personal trainer will be put to the test. Pass this exam and you should be on your way to an exciting career as a personal trainer.
Define your area of expertise.
It would be tempting to become an all-around personal trainer as this will guarantee you more clients who may have different needs for coaching. However, this is not often the case with really successful personal trainers. You really have to pick an area of personal fitness that you are especially good at. You can choose from weight management, sports conditioning, behavioral change, and even fitness nutrition as well as other areas of specialization to hone your craft. What this means is that you’ll be a master of such specialization that people with such issues will naturally come to you.
Apply for a job as a personal trainer.
Getting a client for you to serve as his or her personal trainer can be easy depending on where you want to apply your skills. For most beginning personal trainers, finding a job at a local health and fitness club or even a specialty studio offers the best chances of landing work. Those with medical backgrounds can also do exceptionally well in medical fitness facilities. For the more adventurous, they can set up their very own personal fitness facility, although this will require some form of business acumen, notwithstanding the capital needed for such a venture.
Keep on honing your skills.
Lastly, just because you already have your certification and you already have a steady flow of clients doesn’t mean you should already rest from continuously learning more about your craft. Personal trainers are considered professionals for the simple fact that they always strive to further their knowledge and enhance their skills so they’re better equipped to manage the challenges of an equally more knowledgeable client base.
Becoming a personal trainer is easy. One only needs to have the genuine heart to help others and get certified for doing so.