Is staying fit and living a healthy lifestyle more than just a daily exercise routine to you? Do you have a desire to help other individuals reach their fitness potential and achieve goals towards a healthier lifestyle? If this sounds like you, there are many different career paths that might appeal to you. One of which is a fitness trainer or instructor. Essentially the role of a fitness trainer is to guide individuals or groups of individuals and provide proper fitness routines including instruction, motivation and encouragement. Exercises may include stretching, cardiovascular exercises, strength and endurance training.
To become a fitness trainer or instructor you will need a high school diploma or the equivalent. Most states require fitness trainers to be certified. The certification process will vary depending on the state you live in. Also the path you choose as a fitness trainer. For fitness training working with individuals requires a specific certification while working with a group of individuals will require a different certification. Be sure to check with your state's Department of Health to make sure you meet all qualifications. The certification process will include a written portion to test your basic understanding. In some cases your certification may also have a practical portion in which you actually perform the task to complete the requirements.
If you will be working for a gym, studio or another company you'll want to confirm the necessary education, certification and skills needed as they may vary from the state requirements. You may also specialize in an area such as yoga, aerobics or different types of strength training. Obtaining an associate or bachelor degree even if not required will benefit your career opportunities. It not uncommon for an employer to require a higher education degree such as a master's for these positions. Study in fields including physical education, exercise physiology, nutrition, anatomy and kinesiology are excellent courses to enhance your knowledge and understanding in the fitness profession. It's also recommended to have certifications in both certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillators (AED) to work as a fitness instructor or trainer.
Training may also be required for a position as a fitness instructor. The training generally consists of working side by side with other fitness instructors gaining experience in proper techniques and routines. If you find yourself in this situation be sure to take full advantage and ask a lot of questions. The more you learn the better you will be when you qualify to start working with your own clients or groups.
Estimates for the national salary range are upwards of $39k for a fitness trainer. The industry also shows to have positive future employment growth. Depending on your career path as a fitness trainer there are some great benefits. As an independent personal trainer you may be able to work flexible hours to fit your lifestyle. There are opportunities to work with all different age groups from children to seniors. You're not limited to working for the local gym or studio as many sports teams and larger corporations do hire fitness trainers. You may even find that your desire is to continue your education and work in fitness management. Regardless of your choices there are many great options for a fitness trainer in a very rewarding career.