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Career Development Ideas for Personal Fitness Trainers

Career Development Ideas for Personal Fitness Trainers


Being a professional in the fitness industry means you are part of an exciting and dynamic field of study. As professionals, we are fortunate to witness new techniques, learn new theories, and develop new practices at a rapid pace.

Career development for a personal fitness trainer doesn’t have to halt at obtaining a certification. There are numerous avenues a fitness professional can take to nurture and advance their career to the next level. Use your creativity and explore one or more opportunities that can help you expand your professional reach and deepen your individual level of expertise in exercise science.

Add a New Cert

Carving out a niche is an important aspect of a thriving career. After you gain practical experience as a personal trainer, invest time in researching what specialty certifications you are interested in pursuing. There are specialty certifications in strength and conditioning, fitness nutrition, functional training, orthopedic exercise, fitness training for cancer patients, and behavior change. Examine your areas of interest and consider adding one or two additional certifications.

Explore the Classroom as an Instructor and Student

Ever considered teaching? Check out your local university, community, or technical college in your area and research what teaching opportunities are available. Many schools offer degree or certificate programs in kinesiology, personal training, and exercise science.

On the flip side, a degree is not required to sit for a personal training exam, but this doesn’t mean you couldn’t or shouldn’t pursue a bachelor’s or master’s (or even higher). The achievement of a degree adds greater creditability to your professional qualifications and experience.

Start Blogging

You can expand your reach by exploring writing and blogging opportunities for fitness companies and certifying agencies. Alternatively, you can start your own blog as a component of your professional website. Doing so offers a freestyle approach to writing (as opposed to specific author guidelines associated with blogging for others).

Become a Professional Speaker

If you enjoy public speaking and sharing your passion in front of a crowd, consider applying to present at conferences, workshops, and continuing education events. This not only gives you and your brand good exposure; it helps sharpen your presenter skills.

Mentor New Trainers

There are few experiences more rewarding than having the opportunity to help a budding professional find his or her footing in the industry. One “hole” in the industry is a lack of official mentorship programs for new professionals. If this is something that intrigues you, market yourself as a fitness professional mentor.

Consider Interning

One of the most amazing things about the industry is the number of professionals with different backgrounds and experiences. If you’re looking to develop an area of your career or learn new techniques and approaches first-hand, seek out an internship with another professional in the industry. LinkedIn is a great social networking site for such opportunities.

Getting Started

We’re still learning and improving too. These suggestions are just scratching at the surface of what you can do to ensure ALL of your clients feel welcome. Do you have any tips to share in this topic? Let us know!

Check out what it takes to start a career in personal fitness training. This is your most affordable and fastest way to become a highly qualified personal trainer.

Is your recertification coming up? Learn more about earning your CEU credits. You can find the full list of CEU courses here.

There is always something exciting about earning a new training or coaching certification and applying that new knowledge of how you train your clients. This also helps you hit the reset button.

NESTA and Spencer Institute coaching programs are open to anyone with a desire to learn and help others. There are no prerequisites.

That’s it for now.

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