A career in the fitness industry might seem like the perfect job for someone who’s into keeping fit and helping others do the same. While it can be enriching financially, physically, and mentally, it also has its drawbacks, just like any other career.
Whether you want to complete a Certificate III in Fitness for a career as a gym instructor, or you want to complete your Certificate III and your Certificate IV in Fitness to become a personal trainer, here are some things to consider before you embark on a career in the fitness industry.
Do You Have the Right Mindset?
Working in the fitness industry requires a particular type of person with the right personality and mindset. You’ll be working with people of all ages and fitness levels, so a cheery and positive attitude, lots of patience and a genuine interest in people is essential.
Can You Take Criticism?
Your job is to make people work hard and move their body to improve their fitness and health. Although that’s what they want, and what they pay you for, sometimes, in the heat of the moment on a particularly gruelling set or run, your client may lash out and abuse you.
Similarly, if they injure themselves or overdo it while training alone, it’s you they’ll blame, so a sense of humour and thick skin are good attributes for working in the fitness industry.
Are You Ok Working Non-Standard Hours?
Gym instructors and personal trainers both work early mornings and late at night because that’s when other people aren’t working and have the time to work out. If you’re a lark or a night owl you can most likely arrange to do the majority of your work at the times when you’re most productive.
The Advantages of Working in the Fitness Industry
Don’t let those disadvantages put you off working in the fitness industry, the benefits far outweigh the downsides. Besides the chance to be your own boss, set your own fees and work your own hours, you get to meet lots of different people and help them change their lives.
You get the satisfaction of knowing your clients will live long, healthy and happy lives because you showed them how and helped them achieve their goals. You’ll also be part of a fast-growing industry where you’ll be in high demand, you get to wear comfortable workout clothes all day, and you’ll achieve your own health and fitness goals.
At The Eagle Academy, we aim to provide the very best courses in English, Business, Outdoor Recreation, Sport and Recreation, and Fitness for Australian and international students who want to pursue a career in the hospitality, tourism, sporting and personal training, and other business areas. We’ve become well known for our friendly advice and service, and for providing all the assistance you need to study in Australia.
Our SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness and our SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness are available at our Carina Campus (Brisbane), our Southport Campus (Gold Coast) and our Fortitude Valley Campus (Brisbane) so phone or email the one that best suits you for more information and to enrol.