May 7, 2019
More than ever are we seeing people turning to personal trainers to help keep them motivated and to reach their health and fitness goals. However, not everyone feels comfortable being trained by a youthful person who almost looks like the Statue of David. Some prefer to be trained by people closer to their own age, something that has led to a huge rise in people over the age of 50 qualifying in personal training.
Why the Over 50s make great personal trainers
Pursuing a career in health and fitness is a great choice if you’re over the age of 50. Not only will you stay fit and healthy, but you can work flexible hours, allowing you to set your own timetable that fits around your lifestyle. It’s also a great way to earn an income if you have taken early retirement!
You may assume that this is a career choice for younger people, or that it would be near impossible to obtain clients. However, this is honestly not always the case. The fitness industry needs more trainers over the age of 50 to meet the demands of clients who wish to train with someone their own age. Many older people find young trainers intimidating and off-putting. What’s more, life experience is a key selling point! If you have always been exercise-minded, sporty and passionate about living a healthy lifestyle, it can help to build rapport and benefit yourself and your clients.
Did you know, there are more than 23.2 million people over the age of 50 in the UK? That’s over a third of the population! A statistic like this just shows how easy it will be for you to target your ‘niche’ personal training business toward this particular age group.
Benefits of choosing a personal training career over the age of 50
People often choose to enter the fitness industry for the job satisfaction. It allows you to help others feel better about themselves and make changes that will benefit their lives. When you reach a certain age, you can often find the career you once loved has become nothing more than a way to pay the bills. When thinking about the next chapter in your life, it’s worth actively seeking happiness from your interests and passions. If this happens to be health and fitness, then personal training could be your next step!
As a personal trainer with more life experience, you will be able to train clients within the same age gap who have different goals than younger clients. Your client may wish to improve their health for the sake of keeping up with their grandchildren as they run around or to simply be able to climb the stairs without experiencing any exhaustion. Whatever the goals, you will be able to understand their needs and cater your workouts to them.
You may even be able to use the life lessons you have gained in your role as a personal trainer. In your 20s, you’d likely encourage your clients to train hard, lift heavy weights and push their cardio capabilities. In your 50s, however, you have learned what does and doesn’t work depending on the client. This is what makes you stand out from younger trainers who perhaps follow a “one size fits all” approach.
Be ready for your new career with Fit2Train
No matter when you hit the big 5-0, there’s no better time to consider pursuing an exciting career in the health and fitness industry! So, when you think you’re ready, why not get in touch with Fit2Train to see the courses we offer?
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