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How to Become a Personal Trainer

What fitness enthusiast hasn't dreamed of becoming a personal trainer? It's the dream job for any gym rat. Being able to help others get into shape is incredibly fulfilling and much better than being trapped in an office all day. However, this begs the question: how does one go about becoming a personal trainer?

The first step in your quest to become a personal trainer is evaluating your skills. A personal trainer needs to be persistent, organized, motivating, patient and analytical. You must enjoy working with and helping various types of people. Most importantly, a trainer needs to be a role model. You should lead a healthy lifestyle and have an impressive physique. If you do not possess these qualities, maybe being a personal trainer is not the right choice. However, maybe you can work on cultivating these things. Either way, this evaluation is an important starting point for anyone who aspires to make a career of training people in proper fitness.

The next step is to choose a proper course of certification. You'll find that there are a number of different certifying organizations. Whichever organization you choose, it should be accredited and nationally recognized. It is also important to call clubs where you'd like to work and ask them which certifications they may require. It's also smart to research the different certifications on the computer. See how much each costs, if they have any prerequisites and if they have a workshop close to your area.

Some people like to choose a special area of emphasis. This can give you an edge over other personal trainers. You may even be able to charge more for your time. For instance, a certification specializing in clinical exercise can work with people who are suffering from injuries or chronic diseases.

Once you're certified, you can go out and get a job. Just look through the phone book and call around to every gym in the area. Chances are that they will be looking for a personal trainer to hire. If not, you can set up your own business and train people in your home or at a local gym. However, it is important to make sure that the gym is okay with you training people there.

Even if you get a job at a gym, you can make extra money by training people by yourself during your off hours. As long as that is okay with your boss at the gym, it is a good idea to start building up a personal clientele. This will help to ensure that you have stability in your profession.

When starting up a personal training business, it is very important to market yourself. The first thing to do is to set up a professional and informative website. Once that is done, print up some business cards. You never know when you will run across a potential client. When you do, strike up a conversation and give that person a business card. Once you have some clients, they will start spreading the word and bring you more clients. Soon, you'll have more clients than you have time to handle! 

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