Learn all about biochemistry, anatomy, and exercise physiology.
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.
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.
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.
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.