Gym Instructor & Personal Training
Fitness Industry Career Pathways
Physical trainers are fitness professionals involved in exercise prescription and instruction. They motivate their clients by setting goals and providing regular feedback. Physical trainers also measure their client's strengths and weaknesses using a wide range of health and fitness assessments. They may also educate their clients in many other aspects of wellness besides exercise, including general health and nutrition guidelines. Qualified personal trainers recognise their own areas of expertise. Personal training is an ever-expanding industry, as more and more people seek to reap the immense benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle. As such, there is an ever growing demand for personal trainers and gym instructors, in particular the highly skilled and dynamic personal trainers. Personal training can give you the opportunity to run your own business and manage your own working hours. This exciting career is recognised worldwide and there’s an increase in opportunities. People who choose personal training as a career become role models for those people seeking Health & Fitness guidance.
Strength and conditioning coach.
Strength and Conditioning is the physical and physiological development of athletes for elite sport performance. The role of the S&C coach is to bridge the gap between the theory of training and applied training, helping athletes to become faster, stronger and more flexible and to build their muscular endurance so they perform better and remain injury free. Strength and Conditioning is more than just lifting weights in the gym - it will involve the entire development of the athlete and what is needed to improve physical performance. Strength and conditioning may include plyometrics, speed and agility, endurance and core stability training. Strength and conditioning coaches may work alongside technical coaches to assist them in designing specific programmes and working on any areas of improvement. This could involve periodisation planning for individual athletes and for a team of players, regular meetings with the technical coach and regular feedback to the athlete.
Industry demand for personal training is at an all-time high, with more and more health clubs choosing to recruit personal trainers to provide a service for both their existing and new members. One of the best ways to interact with members so as to potentially gain them as clients is to teach group exercise classes. Instead of working one-to-one with a member, you have the opportunity showcasing your motivation and interactive skills, together with demonstrating your fitness knowledge and how to have fun whilst exercising in a dynamic class environment. One of the best interactive class options is circuit training whereby you encourage members to perform interactive exercises that are both challenging and fun. What better opportunity for the member to see you as a positive influence – helping them to achieve their own personal goals. This is a great way of prospecting or marketing yourself to potential clients. Teaching circuits is one option but to really demonstrate your flair for group exercise, why not take the Exercise to Music course and teach aerobic and/or conditioning classes in the studio. This is a fantastic way to earn extra money as a regular or cover instructor and also to engage with members (often people) who are daunted by the gym and might see the exercise studio as a safer environment. If you can engage with the members who only do exercise classes, it can be a fantastic opportunity to sell yourself and your personality to a whole new membership group who might not realise they need a personal trainer and so a very potential captive audience.
Once you have established yourself as a successful personal trainer within the health and fitness industry you may start to look for an additional challenge. Many personal trainers aspire to become a Health and Fitness Manager. In this role you would be responsible for managing and organising the gym and the fitness team. You would be responsible for the running of the gym and deal with any enquires/ complaints any members may have. As the health and fitness manager you will manage the fitness team, and ensure that the member’s needs are met at all times and held regular team meetings to set staff specific targets This is both rewarding and challenging and for some is the first step in to man management. As well as the Health and Fitness Manager there are many other opportunities in management such as.
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