Becoming A Certified Personal Trainer

The process of becoming a certified personal trainer

You’ve flaunted your sexy abs, veiny biceps and mighty chest for too long. Everyone knows how strong and fit you are. But enough is enough! Now it’s time to turn your passion for fitness into a promising career. Life as a personal trainer is fulfilling. The perks are rewarding. And people want to be fit like you when they grow up. But before you begin your personal training journey, you have to be certified. Here’s the route to success thanks to Gym To You, Adelaide’s leading personal training company:

Choose a certification

A number of accredited programs and organisations offer certifications to personal trainers. It’s important that you select the right certification. Go with one of the following certifying bodies: Fitness Australia, Australian Fitness Network, Australian Institute of Fitness or Australian College of Sport and Fitness. All of these associations are reputable. Make sure the gym you want to work for accepts the certification you’re pursuing.

Choose a speciality

Do you prefer working one-on-one or in a crowd? In a gym, you can work either with a single client or a group of individuals. The difference between a group fitness instructor and a personal trainer is pretty clear. While both are great career choices, you have to select one. Your choice boils down to personal preference. If you’re avid, you can do both! However, you have to be certified in one first, before pursuing the other. Note that costs are involved. Make sure you choose a speciality that best suits your career and goals.

Invest

Certification programs are costly. Prices vary depending on the bundle you buy. The cost increases when you include flash cards, textbooks and practice tests in your study package. Though these packages are expensive, they’re worth the investment. If you’re tight on money, look for sponsorship or study while working.

Study

Exams are around the corner. So prepare up front. Set out a study plan and follow it. Read at least every day. When the test date comes, you’ll be prepared and relaxed. Some certifying bodies have online portals with educational materials. Take advantage of that. Also, consult other personal trainers who have recently done the exams. Their input can sharpen your knowledge.

Find a gym

Look at local job listings or call gyms in your area. If you’re a gym member, let the bosses know that you’re willing to work as a personal trainer. Gyms give you the chance to polish your skills, train different clients, and learn from other expert trainers. However, working in a gym is not all rosy. Your earnings are slashed, and you have to work extra hours to earn more money. Anyway, use the opportunity to market, network, and build your client base.

Insurance

Before training clients, you must acquire a reputable insurance. This covers you against possible claims and protects you from liability. Gyms provide this, but if you’re an independent trainer, you need to buy it. After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Certifying bodies often offer insurance. If the prices are too high, keep shopping around.

Finally, practice what you preach. And always stay active, whether it’s on social media or on site.

Is Personal Training Outdated?

Throughout the last few years, a number of different fitness and weight loss programs have popped up. Some of which could potentially replace or enhance the classic one-hour personal training session we are all so familiar with. A few critics even say that the regular 1-On-1 personal training session is outdated. I disagree. I’ve lived and breathed this industry for the past fifteen years and I’ve seen quite a lot of these new developments in the field of personal training.

You can get a lot of things done in one hour of personal training. It’s great for people who are really focused, have medical issues, athletes, and the advanced client.

A couple of years ago the 30 min training session was introduced. This shorter and less expensive session made it possible for less affluent people to experience the benefits of a personal trainer and enabled them to achieve a fitness level beyond what they thought possible. Critics out there claim that it’s not possible to accomplish any lasting fitness effects in that short a time. Again, I disagree. Many of my clients make tremendous progress with just 30-minute sessions. With proper diet, a good warm up before your personal training session as well as a stretching/cool down routine on your own, this “Quickie” can do wonders and your trainer can show you how. If you do some cardio training afterward you easily train longer than one-hour training.

In the last years, small-group personal training has been on the rise. Instead of working one client for one hour trainers will work with 3-6 clients at the same time. This form has proven to be highly effective with clients that have similar goals and levels of training, especially in the weight loss sector since group motivation and bonding increase the likelihood of success.

Boot Camps are the latest development and the most affordable one. It offers great training to a lot of people who can cheer each other on and keep each other accountable while still having a qualified trainer supervising the sessions. Naturally, there is less 1-on-1 time with the trainer, so it only works for people who don’t have any medical issues or other special needs.

Other fun-sounding forms of exercise have also made an appearance, things like Pole Dancing or Jazzercise etc. And while they have their benefits, they can’t deliver the kind of targeted workouts that personal training can. The key to success is to have a well-balanced conditioning program that challenges your strength, your cardiovascular ability as well as flexibility. Restricting it to one form of training like working just on a pole or just using dance as exercise will neglect muscle groups that are of importance. These exercises still are a valuable addition to your training but should not replace a well-balanced cardio and strength training routine.