According to Accountancy Age, British employees will work on average 34 hours and 26 minutes a week, adding up to a total of 1,795 hours a year, and 84,365 hours over a lifetime. With this in mind, choosing the right career is probably one of the most important decisions you will make. So, ask yourself, do you hate the idea of 9-5 in an office environment? Do you like working with people? Do you want your job to revolve around health/fitness/wellness? Do you want to teach and watch your students grow in strength and confidence?
If you answered yes to any of the above, then you may want to consider a career as a personal trainer and fitness instructor. Let’s take a look at the top 5 reasons to become a personal trainer.
1. The Industry is booming
According to Statista, The wellness and fitness market in the UK has been growing steadily and is estimated to reach £22.8 billion by 2020. The growth of the market is also reflected in the number of sports and fitness occupations held in the UK, which has also seen a steady increase over the past decade.
There are four main reasons that we are seeing this industry boom. Firstly, physical inactivity currently costs the UK around £20b and the government has begun to place greater emphasis on the importance of fitness which provides a huge opportunity for a personal trainer to team up with Doctors to provide fitness programmes to segmented patients groups.
The second contributing factor is a simple fact that healthy people cost much less to insure, and employers and insurers are beginning to realise that they can save money by incentivising healthy lifestyles. An increasing number of employers now cover the cost of health club memberships and fitness incentives as part of their employee perks package.
Thirdly, the food industry has seen a significant shift in recent years away from processed food in favour of healthier, more natural and/or organic options. This switch is causing people across the country to be more conscious about what they are putting in their body which has come hand in hand with the rise in fitness.
Lastly, in recent years, the industry has seen an evolution in fitness technology. This was evident at CES 2019 (one of the worlds largest tech conferences) which had an abundance of health and fitness related products. According to Statista, the market size for health apps and fitness devices in the UK will increase from approximately £100m in 2015 to approximately £460m 2020.
2. Independence and Flexibility
If you’ve always aspired to run your own business and crave flexibility, then working as a Personal Trainer could be perfect for you. Life gets hectic and it often feels like there are not enough hours in the day, so imagine being able to control your schedule so that you can work as much or as little as you like – wherever you like. This is perfect if you need to work around children, elderly relatives or even if Personal Training isn’t your full-time profession but something you do around another job.
Of course, like any business, the first few months are intense and you’ll need to put the hours into drumming up business however once you have a strong client base, you can begin tailoring your schedule in a way that suits you. If you don’t want to work another Monday in your life, you don’t have to, as long as you’re honest with your clients from the get-go about your availability.
Anyone who has worked for an employer knows how difficult it can be to book holidays, especially when everyone else in your office has the same idea about jetting off to Italy during half term or wants to switch their out of office on from 20th December until the New Year. As a self-employed Personal Trainer, you decide when you want to take time off, as long as your clients are given ample notice and targets to hit whilst you’re away.
3. You can become a specialist
Being a personal trainer isn’t just about teaching clients how to start a treadmill or which set of weights they should start out by using. If you want to really thrive and set yourself apart from your competition, there are lots of opportunities to continue your personal development.
Although you will learn everything you legally need to during a certified fitness course, you will quickly get left behind as a personal trainer if you don’t keep your finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the medical, fitness and wellbeing industry, it also pays to become a specialist in a key area. One of our most popular courses is a Diploma in Exercise Referral which is aimed at qualified fitness professionals who wish to learn how to provide assistance/advice and design exercise programmes for people with certain medical conditions which put their health at risk. Becoming a specialist is not only fulfilling but also holds the potential for you to earn a significant amount of money as you are catering to a more niche market.
4. Every day is different
Clients come in all shapes and sizes and will have varying goals whether that be losing weight, toning up, bulking or building stamina. With each client having a unique set of needs, a Personal Trainer is responsible for developing bespoke fitness programmes to suit each individual client. In doing this, you can be really experimental and creative making it unique to you and interesting for them.
Some clients will just need guidance in order to meet short term goals. Other clients’ lives will change as a result of your training. You will work with a plethora of different people, some you will only see a handful of times, some you will see intensively for a short period and others you will work with on an ongoing basis. Whether you’re creating a three-month programme or a three-year programme, you can guarantee that each day will bring new opportunities and challenges and on top of everything, be hugely rewarding.
Keep yourself in shape whilst helping others reach their goals
To become a Personal Trainer in the first place, a passion for fitness is a necessity so what’s better than doing what you love whilst helping others? One of the main benefits to being a personal trainer is that every day you help your clients achieve their goals and become fitter, healthier and more confident versions of themselves.
Firstly, it’s crucial to stay in shape because your body acts as your advertising board and demonstrates to your clients that it is possible to gain the same level of fitness through your expertise and training. Having this as a key business driver is hugely motivating and ensures that you are taking care of yourself first and foremost so that you can offer the highest level of support to your clients.
Seeing your clients become more body confident, fitter and subsequently healthier and knowing that you’ve been instrumental in their journey is probably the most satisfying party of being a Personal Trainer. If you’re interested in becoming a Personal Trainer, we offer a number of courses that may be of interest to you. The next is our SuperSet Course starting 16th March in Sports Wales, Cardiff. Learn more by heading to our website fit2train.co.uk or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.