Australia is getting fat. Eleven million Australians and 2.2 million Kiwis in 2014 means somebody has to get their gym on. That’s a lot of somebodies.
You know what the good part is? People like you who are thinking of personal training as a line of work know you have a large market.
What do you need?
You need some experience. You don’t have to go to school for it if you’ve been training and working out for years and you’ve mastered quite the regimen; there is simply no substitute for experience. But if you’re considering a change of careers and you don’t have that experience, you can still get that certificate.
Online personal training education is possible. These courses can be customised to fit what you need, so there’s little pressure even if you don’t have a lot of time to study training. The transition will be smoother if you want to take it slow. You can also decide to do this full time or part time. It’s all up to you.
What will you get?
Assuming you already have the training, the equipment (perhaps a local gym can provide you with equipment for a fee) and the customers, your earning potential can be huge. Do this part-time and you’re still looking at the same $25 or so per hour that full-timers get.
Rehabilitation, strength and conditioning, and fitness will give you the most money in this line of work. If you happen to get a professional athlete for a client, you may earn even more. Your reputation will also grow, and more money will come in.
The financial benefits come second only to what you will get out of it health-wise. You will get stronger and healthier through time. Eventually, your time management skills will improve (perhaps increasing your number of clients) and your confidence will grow. Australia may be getting fat, but you can turn this into a positive by making it your profession. Help Australia lose those extra pounds.