How do you become successful in the fitness industry?

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi

Source: precisionnutrition.com

I wasn’t alone. And I’m still not.There are thousands of people who are passionate about health and fitness and considering a career change. But like me back then, they don’t know where to start.

Should they go back to school for a new degree? Get certified as a personal trainer? Or maybe something else entirely?

I remember thinking through the positives and negatives of each before deciding on a course of action.

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Option 1: Go back to school.

Positives:

  • Earn a degree.
  • Learn all about biochemistry, anatomy, and exercise physiology.

Negatives:

  • Takes at least two years to finish (and more likely, four to six years).
  • Costs tens of thousands of dollars and could leave me deep in debt.
  • Doesn’t prepare me for the day-to-day work of training real people (i.e. doesn’t show me how to write training programs or nutritional plans people will actually follow).
  • Delivers few (if any) classes or resources on change psychology or business development.

Option 2: Get certified as a personal trainer.

Positives:

  • Faster than going back to school (Usually self-study, so I could go at my own pace.)
  • Costs way less money.
  • Learn enough anatomy and physiology to feel semi-competent.
  • The certificate I earned after taking the test would make me seem more credible to potential clients.

Negatives:

  • Doesn’t seem as “credible” as a degree.
  • I don’t know which certification is “good” and which certification is “bad”.
  • Still, doesn’t teach me much about change psychology or business development.

So what did I do?

I got a crappy personal training certification, sweet-talked my way into a job as a “fitness assistant” at a local gym, and started training clients. (I eventually earned a better certification.)

At times, I felt like I was on top of the world. I had gamed the system! Here I was working with people, building my business, reading nutrition and exercise textbooks, and attending seminars. I felt like I had a big head-start.

But at other times, I felt like a fraud. I worried that everyone would look at my lack of formal education and know I was unfit to work with people, even if I was a certified trainer.

I worried that because I didn’t follow any sort of “path”, my new career in fitness was a joke. It was debilitating and even a little depressing.

But as I would later learn, my lack of a formal fitness and nutrition education put me in good company.

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How to build a successful and rewarding career in fitness

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi

Source: precisionnutrition.com

Every year, thousands of people consider starting a career in fitness and health. But most have no idea how to make their dream a reality. This article—written for both new and experienced fitness professionals—outlines a new curriculum for building a successful career. 

 

Change your body, change your… career?

Becoming passionate about health and fitness put the rest of my life into perspective.

I caught the fitness bug early. I started working out and reading articles about nutrition and fitness when I was in high school. By the time I was 21, I’d put on 30 pounds of muscle, felt awesome, and vanquished my skinny guy genetics.

Like many people who start living the “healthy lifestyle”, I quickly became the go-to fitness and nutrition expert for my friends and family, a position, and responsibility I enjoyed and cherished.

My new-found love for exercising and eating healthy—coupled with the results I saw in the mirror and my ability to help others get in shape—made me feel like a brand new person.

Well, almost.

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Because even though I looked and felt different, the rest of my life seemed tethered to the “old me”. I’d transformed my mind and body… but I was still doing the same old stuff.

Working the same unsatisfying job. Going through the motions at my local community college. Following the same routines.

Taking control of my own health and fitness had shown me how much potential I had to change things in my life. To become happier. To find meaning and purpose. To make a difference.

So why the hell was I doing all the boring stuff I was “supposed” to do when I could do something that actually mattered?

A crazy idea popped into my head: What if I became a personal trainer and tried helping others transform their bodies? What if that was my job?

As I thought about the possibilities, I got excited. And then reality slapped me in the face. The way I saw it, I had one huge problem:

I had no formal education, no certification, and worse… absolutely no idea where to start.

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10 things no one tells you before you become a personal trainer

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi

1. You’ll get less healthy

The majority of people who want to become personal trainers are either fitness enthusiasts or former teenage sports players who now want to make a career helping others get in shape.

They begin their working life as an instructor in a gym, which means they do eight-hour shifts and use the facilities to their heart’s content (literally and figuratively).

It’s a honeymoon period that almost ends in divorce once they graduate on to be personal trainers. PTs are generally self-employed and at the behest of their many clients, which means we’re incredibly busy in the mornings and reluctant to ever turn a job down.

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Then, in the afternoons, there will be more sessions, programs to write, meals plans to send and websites to update. For me, it all adds up to a 15-hour workday.

The result? Rushing around, sleeping less, training less, and eating poorly. Suddenly, you’re a personal trainer who needs a personal trainer.

It took me over a year to work out how I could maintain my own health while working to improve others’. It helps that you build a client base over time, so your income becomes more predictable, but I also had to make tough calls like not going out in the evening and hitting the hay early so I could be up at the crack of dawn to start work.

Goodbye social life, it was nice knowing you

 2. You’ll drink WAY too much coffee

However early I wake up (4:45am most days), it’s still not early enough. My solution? I used to drink coffee like it’s Powerade. Here’s how my daily intake measured up:

  • 4:45: Wake up. Filter coffee in the car
  • 6am: First session. Black coffee as the coffee shops open 
  • 8am: Two sessions in. Time for an espresso.
  • 11am: Mid morning Americano 
  • 1pm: Cappuccino with lunch 
  • 3pm : Afternoon espresso 
  • 7pm: Last coffee of the day to make it through the evening sessions

Too much, isn’t it? You’d be surprised how common this intake is among PTs. (Lack of sleep and coffee addiction is one of the reasons I moved much of my business online recently and went caffeine free – I was on a way one ticket to adrenal fatigue.)

 

3. You’ll only be successful once you focus on the client, not the money

When you first become a PT, it can be easy to chase the kind of money that can be made by stacking sessions back to back all day. As a result, the temptation is to become a salesman, stalking your prey on the gym floor with military precision and persuading them into buying ever increasing amounts of your time.

The problem with this is that fitness is a people business – we get paid for delivering health – and your client will soon lose trust in you if you don’t deliver. Integrity is key here.

If you know someone can afford to buy sessions every day but their body can only take two a week, don’t for the love of God oversell your product. You’ll make more money from them in the long run – and have a better relationship, which means better marketing when they speak to their friends – if you’re honest and tell them what’s going to get results.

As housing estate agents almost never say: it’s all about reputation, reputation, reputation.

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4. Social situations will never be the same again

You know how you always end up asking your friend who’s a doctor about small things that are bothering you, even when you’re down the pub and you know they’ve had a long day of work and the last thing they want to talk about is your persistent cough/ingrowing toenail/bowel movements? Well, it works the same with personal trainers.

The moment you become a PT, you’ll be asked for fitness advice as small talk everywhere you turn.

Get ready to answer questions like “should I be doing weights or cardio?”, to which there are 100 viable answers, knowing that the person asking probably won’t heed your advice.

5. Your presence makes others feel guilty

“Oh, Scott, look, I’m eating an iced bun. I bet you wouldn’t do that. I’m such a fatlad”.

Hmmmm, iced buns
Hmmmm, iced buns CREDIT: ALAMY

If they don’t say it, you can bet they’re thinking it. It’s one of the stranger effects of being a PT. Even though you would never dream of commenting on what someone else is eating (unless they’re paying you good money to do so), everyone suddenly becomes conscious of their diet when you’re around.

Annoying – for all involved.

6. You’ll date other trainers … and clients

While you build your business, you’ll be in the gym within an hour of waking up every day, and still be there an hour before you go to bed. It’s no surprise, then, that romance often flourishes among the barbells.

Many trainers end up dating one another and I’ve seen multiple relationships form from what was initially a trainer/client setup. Protocol says you shouldn’t become involved, but if there’s spark, there’s spark.

Any anyway, what else would you expect with all that tight clothing on show?

Watch: man makes hilarious recovery after falling off treadmill

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7. You’ll do a lot of laundry

Ten training sessions every day + plus your own training = a lot of sweaty gym clothes sitting in dank gym bags.

My washing machine probably sees more action than any other domestic appliance in my house.

Into the void
Into the void CREDIT: ALAMY

8. You’ll develop a superhuman perception of time

Sessions often involve you counting a lot of timed reps and circuits. After a while, you don’t bother looking at the stopwatch: counting time in your head becomes second nature. You’ll be surprised how accurate you can get.

As a busy trainer you’ll also have your schedule so tightly packed that you’ll instinctively calculate how long it takes to go get a coffee, how many minutes per day you’ll have to eat, and whether you’ve got enough time to sneak in a toilet stop before your client has finished changing. I’m not kidding!

 

9. You’ll never look at holidays the same way again

Remember that thing about being self-employed? Well, it means that when you go on holiday, the money tap gets turned off.

Consequently, before you go away, you work doubly hard (which makes you doubly tired). Then, when you get back, you work doubly hard again to get everyone motivated and training.

That being said, it’s important not to fall into the trap of thinking holidays are more trouble than they are worth. I did this for a couple of years and it can lead to burn out.

10. You’ll develop a unique friendship with your clients

As the weeks roll on, you get to know more about your client than their squat thrust record or their 500m row PB.

Between the burpees and bench presses, many clients open up in ways they seldom do to anyone else – probably because we are unrelated to anyone else in their lives, so there can be no comeback from what they say.

There is a lot more to being a personal trainer than giving out fitness advice. The time will come when you’ll be called upon to deliver sage council, inspire courage or simply be a shoulder to cry.

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BFY also provides Placements Services in India.

Be a world-class strength coach in 3 easy steps

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi

Source: precisionnutrition.com

When people ask renowned strength coach Dan John what they should do to become a successful trainer or coach, here’s what he tells them:

Step 1: Get a degree in English, study Theology, score a job as a high school teacher.

Step 2: Spend evenings teaching an online religious studies course.

Step 3: Volunteer as a strength coach with your high school track team.

Voilá, just 25 years later, you’ll be a household name in strength and conditioning.

While Dan laughs when he says this, that’s exactly what he did. And his hint of sarcasm isn’t missed, largely because Dan knows something most people don’t:

Unlike in certain fields like law and medicine, there are no clear, predetermined paths in fitness.

In other words, there is no single—or obvious—path to becoming a successful health and fitness coach.

When I realized that, I felt a huge burden lift off me. I wasn’t a fraud. I was just a guy who wanted to help people get in good shape. And, like Dan, I had simply taken an “unconventional” path to get there.

What does that mean for you?

It means that you can find the path that suits you. The path that matches yourexperience, personality, character, and principles.

You can create your own unique path to the dream job you want.

But how?

Start here: The new fitness industry curriculum

Of course, even though there’s no single template, you can still follow and adapt some of the patterns of the top coaches. Here’s how.

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1. Start coaching immediately.

You don’t have to do anything fancy from the start. You don’t need to get a degree, rent space in a gym, or start your own studio.

In other words, you don’t need permission from anyone to get started.

All you have to do is help someone get in shape and improve their life, one step at a time.

It doesn’t matter if that someone is a friend, family member, or a paying client. The only way to see if you actually enjoy working with people is to start working with people.

And if you’re not feeling confident enough to coach on your own, ask if you can “shadow” a personal trainer or another experienced coach for a day.

Remember: You don’t have to know everything about exercise and nutrition to help someone get in shape and improve their life. All you need is to know a little bit more about health and fitness than the person you’re trying to help.

Becoming great at something (like coaching) is always about trial and error.

No matter how well prepared you think you are, no matter how many tests you pass, no matter how many internships you do, you will eventually have to try stuff and you will still have to make mistakes. On your own.

So start doing—and learning—now.

2. Get certified.

While you’re coaching, start earning your credentials.

Yes, we all know that a lot of certifications in the fitness industry are considered a joke. Many require a single weekend of “effort” (and I put that in quotations deliberately).

Most barely scratch the surface of what a trainer really needs to know to work effectively with a client.

But if you want to be viewed as a professional—and if you want insurance—you’ll need the paperwork. So get some kind of certification anyway.

Start with a basic certification like one of the following:

  • American College of Sports Medicine – Certified Personal Trainer
  • International Sports Sciences Association – Personal Trainer Certification
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine – Certified Personal Trainer
  • National Strength & Conditioning Association – Certified Personal Trainer
  • PTA Global – Certified Personal Trainer

Once you’ve cleared the initial hurdle and have rounded out your skill set (see below), you can consider more advanced certifications and mentorships.

3. Become a “complete” fitness professional.

Once you get your basic personal training certification, it’s time to take it a step further and expand your education. We know that exercise alone won’t get your clients the kind of results they’re hiring you for.

And your clients will need more help than just the two or three sessions a week they have with you.

So what you should you do?

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Nutrition education

First, learn more about nutrition, so you can feel more confident discussing food and diet with your clients.

Nutrition is where people 1) need the most help and 2) will see the greatest results.

In fact, including nutrition coaching with your training advice can increase your effectiveness as a trainer by at least five times.

In other words:

  • That could be 25 pounds lost, instead of 5.
  • That could be 20 points knocked off the blood pressure score, instead of 4.
  • That could be 5 inches off someone’s waist, not 1.

That could be at least five times more client commitment, confidence, motivation, retention, and satisfaction… with five times less effort from you.

Since a high-quality, real-world nutrition certification didn’t exist a few years ago, we set out to create one: The Precision Nutrition Certification. It’s quickly become the industry’s most respected nutrition certification, a fact we’re very proud of.

  • Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certification

And if you’re already a student or graduate of the Level 1 program, we’ve got something for you too. Check out this Level 2 page where you can learn more about the Master Class.

Also, if you want more research on the different nutrition education options out there, check out this site. It compares and contrasts the best schools and online education platforms. That way you can make an educated decision on what’s best for you.

  • Nutrition Education and Certification Reviews

Movement education

After establishing your nutrition system, I recommend one more thing to round out your basic skill set: improving your ability to assess movement.

Most exercise programming assumes that clients move well to begin with. And that might be true, if you were training child circus performers, instead of office workers or athletes and manual laborers with years of repetitive stresses and strains.

As physical therapist Gray Cook says, you shouldn’t load dysfunctional movement patterns. Adding weight to a structure that can’t support it isn’t going to make that structure any better.

Your exercise programming can actually hurt your clients if you don’t first learn how to help them fix their dysfunctional movement patterns.

So, consider checking out one of the following education tracks for better understanding and programming movement.

  • Functional Movement Systems (FMS)
  • Z-Health Performance

4. Learn how to coach real people.

After you’ve spent some time learning about movement, nutrition, and exercise programing it’s time to learn how to coach your clients. 

That means understanding the deeper psychology at play and saying the right things in the right ways at the right times. It means really connecting with your clients and helping them through their body  transformations one step at a time.

You can have someone do all the squats and eat all the broccoli you want, but until you learn “change psychology” and the art of coaching, you’ll never be able to actually help your clients change their habits.

Where should you start?

Here are two must-read resources to check out:

  • Effective coach talk: What to say to clients and why it matters
  • 10 things elite coaches do (And 6 things they read)

Note: In the second article we share six books that will teach you the basics of change psychology. Use it as a jumping off point for digging deeper into this area.

And if you’ve done all that and you’re ready to level up, you might consider these courses:

  • Precision Nutrition Level 2 Certification
  • Excellence in Motivational Interviewing

5. Get some business training.

You’ve gotta keep the lights on, your financials in order, and clients coming in the door. But how?

If you’re considering opening your own personal training studio or gym—or if you work at a bigger gym and want to learn how to get more clients—you’ll need to get some business training.

I’m not talking about a MBA here. I’m talking about fitness-specific training taught by people who’ve actually had success in the field.

Here’s are some great options:

  • Net Profit Explosion
  • Results Fitness University
  • Fitness Consulting Group
  • 100K Info Group (for online businesses)

(And here’s a great article outlining the 5 key stages of a successful fitness business).

The better you get at marketing and running your business, the more people you can help, and the more money you can make.

6. A career of learning and development.

Once you’ve built a strong foundation of training, nutrition, movement, change, and business knowledge, it’s time to commit to a lifetime of learning and personal development.

Feel free to pick the books, courses, internships, and certifications that most resonate with you. Or will most help your clients.

Now is the time to geek out about advanced programming for different populations, nutrient timing, soft-tissue therapy, hormonal issues, advanced exercise and diet techniques, and more.

If you’re interested in finally leveling up that basic training certification from Step 2 above, consider:

  • PTA Global (Advanced Course)

And if you’re ready for internships and mentorships, these come highly recommended:

  • World Athletics Center
  • EXOS (formerly Athlete’s Performance)
  • Cressey Sports Performance
  • IFAST
  • Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning

If you’re interested in different areas of nutrition:

  • Nutrition Education and Certification Reviews

If you’re interested in more athletic populations:

  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • Certified Physical Preparation Specialist (CPPS)
  • Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC)

If you’re interested in high intensity and group training:

If you’re interested in special populations:

  • Corrective Exercise Specialist (NASM)
  • Fitness and Exercise Therapy Certification (ISSA)
  • Youth Fitness Specialist (IYCA)
  • Senior Fitness Certification (ISSA)
  • Golf Fitness Certification (TPI)

Remember: There is no one “right” way to make it in the fitness industry

Fitness and nutrition is still a young industry. There is no one “right” path to success. In fact, there may never be.

And I kinda like it that way. It means that possibilities are infinite. 

The best trainers can come from anywhere: four-year colleges. Doctoral programs. Theology school. College drop-outs. Someone who found a gym flyer in the parking lot.

It doesn’t matter.

If you’ve got the energy, the drive, and the interest to do this work, you can eventually do it… no matter what you’re doing as a career now.

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Here’s Your Ultimate Guide To Starting A Career In Fitness

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi

Health and fitness have become so widespread for the last two decades that it has branched out into many categories. There is no one way to keep fit, and people have a wide range of choices to choose from, based on what they like and enjoy. From a time and era where fitness was all about muscularity and heavy lifting, it surely has come a long way. One of the reasons this industry is going to be on an evergreen phase is because of the demand it has. If you are looking to take up fitness professionally, here’s your ultimate guide.

1) Basic Experience Of Working Out At A Gym

No matter what certification you choose to do, it will all sound like Greek and Latin if you have no gym experience. Being a gym rat for a few years will surely add to your benefit as the experience one gains on the gym floor will contribute to your learning. Not all certifications teach form and technique and even if they do, there’s no guarantee a 6-month long program will make you a pro at lifting weights. Having decent experience as a gym rat will add a lot of confidence and knowledge while pursuing your certification.

2) Personal Trainer Foundation Course

Now that you have the basic gym experience or have been workout out for a few years, it would make sense to pursue a certification program. The basic of them all is the personal trainer foundation course. This is where you learn about muscles that you never knew existed. Knowing the origin and insertion of muscles will help you under physiology better. Understanding joint actions of muscles will help you choose one exercise over the other. You will also about the energy systems of the body and how the body produces energy. An introduction to fat loss and muscle gain will give you the basic understanding so as to be able to guide a client who may have such goals. This type, of course, will land you an entry-level personal trainer job, which will help you kick-start your career.

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3) Master Trainer Certification

A master trainer certification is a level higher than a basic personal trainer course. This course is usually for a much longer period of time and is very intense. From the basics that were taught at a foundation course, you now get into the indebt of things. This type of course also focuses on form and technique; it makes you a master and gives you the confidence to teach the technique to clients. The right verbal cues to use while encouraging a client while he is training is very important.

Specialized Courses

1) Kettlebell Certification

Sometimes if you need to set yourself apart from other trainers, you need to have a set of skills which are unique and rare. One such certification is a Kettlebell certification. A widely played sport in Russia and practiced by cross-fitters all over the world, Kettlebell is a unique tool for conditioning and building stamina and strength. The beauty of this is that you can get a fantastic workout in a short period of time. Hence such specializations will set you apart from other professionals and take you a long way.

2) TRX Certification

The TRX is not the name of the equipment, but the name of the company that manufactures those suspension straps. The TRX stands for nothing, except that it has an interesting history of its origin. The US marines decided to invent this so that they could be fit and keep exercising anywhere due to the convenience involved. The beauty of this equipment is that this endurance tool can be used to train any body part using the resistance of gravity and the whole body without using any additional external weight but just the body weight. This form of training too has progressions and regressions and is fit for anyone to do.

3) Special Population

Not everyone can be trained the same way because not everyone is the same. There are certain segments of the society that come from special populations. Take senior citizens for example. The rules of the game also change while training a specially challenged people. Certain care must be taken while training people who require special attention. The risks are also high and training such people needs certain formal training as anything can happen at any time and a proper presence of mind is required by the trainer.

4) Prenatal And Post Natal Training

No longer do women give pregnancy as an excuse for putting on weight or missing out on their workouts. Women are highly motivated and challenge men in the gym every day. The prenatal and post natal courses are a set of specialized courses that enable you to be certified to train women who are pregnant as well as women who have recently delivered. Again, as motivated as they are to train, certain care should be taken while they workout. There are many exercises that may need to be avoided and at the same time, lots of additional exercises that would contribute to them. Understanding the different phases of pregnancy will ensure that you do not risk anything while training such people. At the same time, women who have delivered are generally physically weak and need to regain their strength. Women tend to be hypermobile in the joints during this time and their core weaker.

5) Cross Fit Certification

Cross fit training is a fantastic way to keep fit. Although this sport has gained a lot of respect, there are lots of professionals who have made their own bastardized versions of this style of training and spoilt its name. A basic knowledge of exercise is required before one gets into cross fit. Understanding the philosophy and concept behind its program designing is very crucial. A certification will help you with that.

6) Sport Nutrition

No fitness certification is complete without the understanding of nutrition. As many benefits as exercises provide, nutrition plays a huge role in changing the body composition. Sports nutrition deals with the nutritional requirements of an exercising individual. It gives you an understanding of how much macro nutrients and micronutrients are required to see a change in aesthetics and performance in a client. Diet counseling and creating tailor-made nutrition plans for your clients will help them speed up the process to reach their goals. You can also choose to be a sports nutritionist and solely focus on nutrition for clients.

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BFY provides training for Personal Trainers and courses in Sports nutrition and Diet in cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Pune, Dehradun, Jaipur, Lucknow, Gurgaon.

BFY also provides Placements Services in India.

 

6 Ways to Make Your Clients’ Workouts More Fun

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi

As a personal trainer, it’s important to keep your clients motivated to continue to come back for training sessions time and time again with you. Not only does this help ensure you receive a paycheck, but having a high turn-out also means you must be doing something right. Generally, while clients realize that their training sessions must be taken seriously, they tend to enjoy them more when their personal trainers make more of an effort to make things interesting, and fun. So, what are some techniques you can try to make your clients’ workouts more enjoyable? We’ve got some ideas.

Switch Up the Location

Meeting in the same gym space every week does provide familiarity that many clients appreciate, but it can be a bit dull to workout in the same place all the time. Consider speaking with your clients to find out if they’d be open to the occasional change-up of training location. On nice days, for example, you might consider holding a training session at a local park or on the beach. Switching up the scenery every so often can make workouts more interesting and fun, even if you’re not changing up any of the actual exercises.

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Set Workouts to Music

A little bit of music can go a long way when it comes to keeping workouts fresh and fun. Go the extra mile for your clients by finding out about their specific music tastes, then create playlists to go along with their training sessions. Be sure to keep beats per minute (BPM) in mind as you choose songs. Tracks with higher BPM are ideal for intense cardio, whereas songs with lower BPM are best suited for warm-ups and cool-downs. Load up playlists on your laptop or connect your phone/music player to a portable speaker for best results.

Hold Group Workouts

Group personal training sessions are becoming increasingly popular these days—and for good reason. Group workouts are less expensive for your clients and also give them an opportunity to meet new people who share similar health and fitness goals. If you’re not already holding the occasional group training workout, consider surveying your clients to see how many of them would be interested in giving it a try.

Consider a Contest

Another way to make workouts more fun for your clients is to hold a contest among them. You can be as creative as you want with the goals and rules of the contest, so long as it keeps things interesting and competitive. For example, you might hold a contest to see who can improve their running times the most within a two week period, or who can lose the highest percentage of body fat within a given month.

Further motivate clients by giving a prize or reward to the winners. A free training session, a gift card to a health foods store, or any other small prize can go a long way in keeping things fun and exciting!

Mix in New Exercises

A lot of times, clients will get “bored” of their workouts (even if they’re challenging) because they become too predictable and routine. Most clients like to be surprised and respond well to having their routines switched up slightly from time to time. As a personal trainer, then, you should always be looking for new exercises to incorporate into your clients’ sessions as a means of challenging them and helping them achieve their goals.

Join in

Last but not least, why not join in on your client’s next training session and complete part (or all) of the workout with them? Many clients feel more comfortable in such a situation and also enjoy knowing that their trainer is going through the same exercises and challenges as they are. This can also be a great opportunity for you to demonstrate proper form and posture for certain exercises, so it’s a win-win situation!

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Thinking About Becoming a Personal Trainer? Read This First

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi

Have you thought about becoming a personal trainer?

Maybe you have your own story to tell. Or maybe you’ve always been healthy and active, and want to help others achieve their fitness goals and earn a living doing it.

Being a personal trainer isn’t your typical desk job. But it can be a rewarding way to earn a living and help a lot of people achieve their health and fitness goals.

    • A flexible schedule. Some personal trainers might work a 9-5 shift at the gym. But many work morning hours, evening hours, or both to accommodate clients. You can also run your own personal training business and set your own hours.
  • Passion and profits. If you’re passionate about health and fitness and helping others, personal training can be a great career path. Median pay for personal trainers is $38,160, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and demand is expected to grow by about 8 percent.
  • Continuing education. In this field, continuing education is important to stay abreast of the latest trends and practices in health and fitness. Most organizations require trainers to recertify every two years by taking health and fitness courses and maintaining CPR certification. If you enjoy learning, personal training will give you plenty of opportunities.
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List of Jobs in the Fitness Industry

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi

The fitness industry is made up of individuals who share in one uniting belief: to improve the health and well-being of others. A degree in a health-related field or certification and experience can open the door to a job in the fitness industry, where you can find yourself working directly with people, managing gyms and employing therapeutic and holistic tactics.

Group Exercise

Teaching group exercise in a fitness facility is one way to enter the fitness industry. Group exercise instructors have a background in aerobics, engaging in pre-choreographed classes featuring muscle conditioning, indoor cycling and athletic-style workouts. Group instructors are able to gain a reputation in the fitness industry, as they teach crowds of people at a time.

Personal Training

Personal trainers work at gyms or branch out on their own. Many trainers become specialists, working with specific types of clients only (such as athletes), or using specific regimens (such as military-type training). Personal trainers working for a company are given the added benefit of job security and a steady paycheck. Self-employed trainers may have to pay fees to fitness facilities to use equipment, but they can make more money by not having to split their income with their employer.

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Athletic Trainer

Athletic trainers prevent, diagnose and treat injuries to muscle and bone. They usually work with all people and skill levels, from children to professionals. These trainers are employed by educational institutions and physicians’ offices for professional sports. Much of their time is spent working with athletes in the field. Athletic trainers need to know enough medical knowledge to evaluate and treat patient symptoms while collaborating with health care professionals.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapists work with people suffering from injuries or illnesses to regain their movement. They work with patients who have chronic conditions, helping manage their pain and rehabilitate them. Physical therapists also work in private offices, clinics, hospitals and nursing homes. A doctoral degree in physical therapy is needed to become a physical therapist.

Gym Assistant

Gym assistants help patrons as they work out. This includes demonstrating proper techniques, assisting customers with equipment, ensuring gym cleanliness, enforcing the gym’s rules and maintaining daily logs. Gym assistants report to the general manager and assist in recruiting new members to the gym and signing them up.

Health Club Manager

Health club managers oversee their club’s daily activities, ensuring cleanliness and hygiene standards are met. They also supervise staff members (taking into account comments made by clients), supervise fitness sessions and collect money. Managers should have bachelor’s degrees in administrative operations or related fields, as well as fitness certifications. They should have excellent interpersonal skills, knowledge of financial and accounting procedures, experience implementing fitness regimens and experience with physical therapy.

Wellness Coordinator

Fitness isn’t only in the gym, as many companies are making workplace wellness programs a staple of their business. These programs, aimed at maintaining employee health, run under the guidance of wellness coordinators. Their responsibilities including running fitness classes after work, health and fitness assessments, and prevention programs. Most wellness coordinators have a background in healthcare, as well as experience working in fitness.

Spa Professional

Spa professionals encompass mind-body personal trainers that work in land and aquatic environments. Spas differ from traditional fitness facilities, emphasizing a holistic approach to wellness. Spa professionals are cross-trained, usually holding multiple certifications in fitness. This is so they can teach more than one class as needed by the spa. Certifications include cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification, group fitness and personal training, and yoga.

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What’s the Secret to Their Success in Personal Training?

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi

Without a doubt, these top trainers know what they’re talking about. Most of them have a degree in some sort of field pertaining to physical fitness or physiology. They receive certifications in everything from personal training, to nutrition, to being a first responder for ill or injured clients.

A personal trainer has to be knowledgeable about diet and nutrition, fitness equipment, and innovative and skillful in motivating their clients to achieve their fitness goals. So, it makes perfect sense that top personal trainers would write books, promote worthy product lines, and align themselves with celebrities. However they managed to get an in, (surprise, surprise!) getting in tight with the stars was their lucky break.

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