Health and Fitness is a booming business. In our image-conscious world, we all want to look the best that we can, and that often means regular visits to the gym combined with dieting. There has never been a better time to look for a career that can help people be the best that they can be. It can be very rewarding, and it will take you some work to achieve your dreams, but here are a few ways that you might want to look into to kick start your career.
First things first, you need to work out precisely what it is you want to do. Do you picture yourself working as a fitness instructor or a personal trainer? Are you more interested in giving specific diet advice and support? Knowing exactly what you want to do will make sure that you are on the correct path to getting there.
Getting into the weight loss business can mean helping people find their self-esteem and confidence, and this can be very rewarding. There is quite a high level of responsibility that comes with roles in this sector, and as such, you will need to gain a great deal of knowledge through training. Look at getting a certificate IV in weight management. Often courses can be completed online, or as a combination of seminars and distance learning, meaning that you can train for this type of role alongside your current job.
This could see you working in a variety of settings, including in the private sector, in hospitals, in the community, or for businesses. You might want to use your qualifications and look to set yourself up working for yourself, providing support independently.
Training for a career as a fitness instructor can take as little as ten weeks. You might want to do this around your current job too. You will need to have excellent communication skills and be particularly good at motivating people. Having the confidence to talk confidently to a large number of people all at once is going to serve you well in this job. Having the ability to create session plans will be necessary, as will a certain degree of patience with people who may not be at the fitness level you are used to.
This is an excellent job if you are likely to enjoy spending a lot of time working out at the gym because you will need to be very active within this role.
Personal trainers are a bit different from fitness instructors. They generally work one-on-one and are often self-employed. This means that when working as a personal trainer, you will need to take opportunities to work with your clients as often as possible and use downtime when the gym is empty to try and plan for future sessions. You may need to go after clients and get them to sign-up with you; however, you need to make sure that you are people focused and can deliver the results that your client needs. It can be gratifying to see the improvement in your clients, as well as the manifest financial incentives. It can, however, be a lot of hard work and some very long days!
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