I do agree with you that experience and practices more important than certification, but unfortunately I still need to get one.Certification
I wouldn't quite go so far to state that experience and practice trumps a certification.
A certification basically states basically have scientific knowledge on the principles of training and how to employ them into a program; which provides a synergistic effect when compounded with particle experience.Neanderthals
Gym a full of neanderthals with years if not decades of experience and practice.
The irony is they most of their practical experience is incorrect.
They then perpetuate incorrect method and ideas to other..."Garbage in garbage out".Screening Personal Trainers
A certification with a reputable organization ensure the health club is hiring an individual that has demonstrated knowledge in the field.
I have also heard that commercial gyms take way too much money away from personal trainers.
Yes, their pay scale is very low. It's hard to make a living.
Thus, the reason for the high turnover rate.
With that said, it a good place to "Earn while you learn".
Likely the gym does have a personal training salesperson so that I can hopefully build up clients little bit faster. I do not think of myself as a sales person and I know that it would be difficult to get clients completely on my own.Salesperson
Most don't. They require you to sell your own training sessions.
Selling is part of the process. If you go out on your own like KPj, you going to need to develop some sales skills.
I found a website that talks about the top 10 personal training certifications this year. I would like some input from you guys so let me know if you feel the same or differently about his opinion. http://www.ptpioneer.com/best-personal-trainer-certification-guide/
I provide you a list of the Top 5.
Pioneer's Top 10 List contains organizations that are sub par.
NSCA does like like it is more up my alley in terms of the curriculum but people say that the study materials are not quite up to par with that of NASM or ACE. What do you think about this?
Whoever provide you with that information is clueless.
According to the same website, they say that you could make up to $100,000 per year as a personal trainer in the United States. http://www.ptpioneer.com/personal-trainer-salary-how-much-do-personal-trainers-make/
For some reason this seems extremely high for me.
This website misinformed you about the Top Personal Training Organizations.
They are now misleading your on the amount of money you can make.
The percentage of Personal Trainer's making $100,000 a year is very low. Perhaps 1-2% of Personal Trainer make that much.
If they do, they live in affluent areas where the cost of living is quite high.
As an example, the cost of living in Southern California (I live there for 5 years) is 40% more than in Texas. Breaking That Down
A Personal Trainer making $72,000 in Texas would need to make $100,800 ($72,000 X 140%) to maintain the same Life Style.
That one of the things people overlook.
I was shooting for around $50,000 per year at the Max but it is really excited if that is truly a possibility to make that much money.
That's reasonable but will take years for you to get there.
how many clients you think you take to potentially make 50,000 to $100,000 in one year? Business Skills
You need to develop some business skills. One of the biggest reason Personal Trainer's fail is they don't understand the business/marketing side of it.
With that said, let do some...Simple Math
1) Making $50,000 A Year: $50,000 divided by 52 weeks (if you work non-stop a year) = $961.54 per week.
$1923.08 divide by 40 hour week = $24.03 per hour.
2 Making $100,000 A Year: $100,000 divided by 52 weeks (if you work non-stop a year) = $1923.08 per week.
$1923.08 divide by 40 hour week = $48.07 per hour. The Problem
1) The going rate appears to be $50 per hour, dependent on where you live. So, the $50,000 breakdown is not real.
2) Your not going to have 8 hour for 52 weeks per year.
People quite, take off for vacations/being sick, there a slow season in the summer, etc.
2) You need to find affluent people who can spend more like $400 plus each month."Plan Your Work, Work Your Plan"
KPj provide you with some good information on it.