Some personal trainers get their foot in the door with a gym by starting off working in other capacities. Although certification qualifies you to train clients, a gym will not be willing to simply hand over its clients to you without asking you to prove yourself first. Because the reputation of the gym hinges partly on the quality and reputation of its employees, it might want you to go through a trial period before you actually train clients. Many gyms also have salespeople who sell memberships. Proving your ability to sell is key as a personal trainer because you have to sell yourself and your services to prospective clients. Starting off as part of the gym’s sales force is one way to prove yourself and get to know the clientele.
Work in Related Fields
If you live in a community where the competition for personal trainer jobs is fierce, working in a related career field is one way to bolster your credentials and get that dream job. For instance, if you obtain a degree in nutrition and work as a nutritionist, you can offer your personal training services to gyms in the local area on a part-time basis. Gradually, as you build your list of clients, you can move towards more work in personal training until you finally do it full-time. This gives gym owners and managers the added benefit of bringing you on part-time while using your training services and not having to extend benefits to you until you have proved your worth as part of their full-time staff.
For information about further qualifications, speak to the Focus Team!