Could You Be a Personal Trainer? 5 Signs It’s the Job for You

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A personal trainer working out with a client | Source: iStock

The fitness industry is steadily growing to feed the surge of people who want to feel better, lose weight, and tone up. In 2014, over 63 million Americans utilized a health club while industry revenues totaled $84 billion worldwide. If you have the body of Mark Wahlberg and already spend most of your time at the gym, it may be the perfect time to turn your passion into a career. The work life of a personal trainer is relatively low stress and high reward, plus your daily uniform consists of comfy workout clothes. Not bad, right? If that wasn’t enough, since 2010 the average salary of part-time personal trainers has increased by 12% with personal trainers earning an average of over $52,500 a year.

Think you’ve got what it takes? If you already love fitness, read on for five more qualities that great personal trainers tend to have.

1. You’re interested in the human body

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Being a personal trainer requires more than just spotting on lifts and pushing your clients to get through one more set of push ups. You’ll need to have a strong grasp on the inner workings of the human body. To lead clients through effective and safe workouts, you’ll need to understand anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics. Not only will you need to check for proper form and correct alignment, but it helps to understand how different types of exercise affect the body’s cardiovascular, respiratory, musculoskeletal, and nervous systems.

2. You’re a leader

Many personal trainers have a passion for helping others. Are you the first to dole out advice when a co-worker wants to lose weight? Do you jump at the chance to get your friends pumped at the gym? A passion for leading others to meet their physical goals will make you a great personal trainer. Your clients will rely on you to keep them motivated and will need plenty of encouragement and support along the way.

3. You’re motivated

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If you’re a gym fanatic, chances are you have no trouble motivating yourself to get to the gym everyday, but being a personal trainer takes a different type of motivation. Whether you work for a gym or are an independent contractor, it is up to you to retain clients and get good referrals from past clients. Simply put: you get what you put into it. Personal training requires lots of energy and some days you’ll show up at the gym feeling exhausted or with personal issues heavy on your mind. Even on the hardest of days, you’ll have to remain positive and focused on your clients.

4. You’re adaptable

Not everyone is going to respond to exercises the way you did or even the way previous clients have. Thanks to our unique physiological and genetic make up, everyone responds to exercise differently. In addition to biological factors, your clients may have injuries, mobility limitations, and workouts that they already hate or love. As the trainer, every time you take on a new client you’ll have to gather all this information, help determine your client’s goals, and factor in lifestyle factors before you can begin the process of establishing a successful workout program.

5. You walk the walk

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It’s important that you not only know how to motivate and excite people about fitness, but that health and fitness truly excites you as well. Your clients have hired you to help them reach their physical fitness goals, so naturally, they’ll look to you for inspiration. This doesn’t mean you have to have the perfect body, but your clients will notice if suddenly you’re getting a little rounder in the middle. Your personal dedication to fitness and nutrition is what will inspire and keep your clients motivated.

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