Percentage of Personal Trainer Who Fail
mariale wrote:Hi all,
I've been a marketing manager for about 2 years and I think I'm starting to get bored of being in front of computers all the time.
I've been going to the gym for 1 year already and all my friends use to tell me that I inspire them to keep motivated with their fitness goals as I never give up. I have some personal routines for when I train in the gym or outdoors and I know how to eat healthy and how to establish diets depending on the goals.
I am wondering if I could make my way as a personal trainer?
I think I'm good with people, and may have enough knowledge about the fitness lifestyle.
Should I quit my job and start? How should I go about it?
According to Dr Chad Kerksick (Lindenwood University, Exercise Physiology) approximately 70% of first year Personal Trainer don't make it.
The biggest problem (as with any new business) is that you are NOT going to make enough money to make it through the first year.
That means you are going to have negative cash flow the first year; more money going out than coming in.
You need about a year worth of capital reserve to ensure you survive.
That is the primary reason the majority of new Personal Trainer's do NOT make it. They run out of money.
A Year Worth of Training
You have some knowledge of how to train and some some idea of what eating health means.
However, a year's worth of training means your knowledge of exercise and nutrition is limited, in the novice category.
With those obstacles in mind, let look at what you need to do to make this work.
Personal Training Certification
No reputable gym will hire you without a Recognized Personal Training Certification.
Here a list of what is considered the "Big 5" Personal Training Certifications...
1) National Strength and Conditioning Association
2) American College of Sports Medicine
Both of the above Personal Training Organizations are the most recognized and respected.
3) National Academy of Sport Medicine
4) American Council on Exercise
5) International Sports Science Association
Don't Quit Your Day Job
Once you obtain your Personal Training Certification, find a Part Time Personal Training Job.
1) "Earn while you learn": A lot of making a living as a Personal Trainer is selling. That another one of the reason many Personal Trainer fail. You need to convince someone that you're worth $50 plus an hour X 2 to 3 Training Sessions a week.
For 3 Training Session that amount to $150 a week, $645 a month (4.3 week in a month X $150)
Think about it. Would you pay $645 a month for a Personal Trainer? Would you even have $645 a month to spend on a Personal Trainer? People are reluctant to part with that kind of money.
2) Part Time allows you to build your client base. It take time for every new business to start making money.