Posted February 25, 2013 by James Rhodes in Fashion-Beauty-Fitness

Want to get paid to go to the gym? Become a personal trainer

A single upside to the burgeoning obesity epidemic is that it&rsquos fueling the development of jobs in the fitness industry.&nbsp

Whether or not you&rsquore one of those folks in need of a private trainer or you&rsquore searching for work in a dismal job industry, the bureau of labor statistics reports &ldquoemployment of fitness trainers and instructors is expected to grow by 24 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the typical for all occupations.&rdquo

According to Jeff Rosga, director of education at Life Time Academy, the education and certification organization for Life Time &ndash The Healthier Way of Life Firm, weight loss is a principal driver for people who seek out a private trainer. &ldquoThere is a quite huge population of boomers with the economic implies to employ a individual trainer,&rdquo he adds. &ldquoTheir requirements are substantial they want a high-high quality encounter in instruction as nicely as in-depth knowledge. Some are injured, have functional concerns, or simply want to be much more physically active, and need to have assistance in understanding how to overcome their challenges.&rdquo &nbsp

Demand for individual coaching is also receiving a boost as organizations and insurance companies see the connection among healthier staff and lower wellness care charges by persuading personnel and members – by virtue of numerous incentives – to get match.

Phyllis Soltis, 59, from Lakeville, Minn., has worked in administration and was even a police officer at a single time. She was drawn to personal training while a member of Life Time Fitness, where she lost 70 pounds. &ldquoAll the jobs I&rsquove had involved functioning with people,&rdquo Soltis says. Workout, also, had usually been a component of her life, and as she considered what sort of job modify she could make at her age, she turned to individual coaching and applied to Life Time Academy.

Selecting the correct certification program matters. &ldquoWhen you earn a certification you are directly linked to the certification physique,&rdquo says David Van Daff, vice-president of enterprise development and public affairs with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). &ldquoThe reputation of the certification, both good and adverse, will effect how you are perceived as a fitness specialist.&rdquo

Deciding on the appropriate personal education certification can be confusing says Van Daff, who advised the following considerations when deciding on a program:

1. Sector requirements: Earning a certification that is not accepted by respected employers is a waste of time and income.&nbspContact neighborhood fitness centers and ask what certifications they accept. If a certification is not universally accepted, don&rsquot get it.&nbsp

2. Curriculum/faculty: What you study and understand in a certification system need to have practical application. In addition, analysis the credentials and reputation of the faculty. Evaluate their background, accomplishments, testimonials and contributions to the sector.&nbsp

three. Advanced specializations: Most profitable personal trainers specialize in a certain location. Investigate what specialty credentials and certifications are supplied by the certification organizations you are taking into consideration.

&nbsp4. References: Ask a manager at a fitness facility which certifications greatest prepare new individual trainers. Obtaining managed personal trainers with varying certifications and education backgrounds, they can give insight into the value of numerous certification programs.&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp

A 2012 NASM study discovered that certified individual trainers who were not previously employed in the fitness sector, on average located employment in much less than 1 month. That was correct for Soltis, who graduated from Life Time Academy in December and was right away employed at Life Time Fitness in Eagan, Minn. Soltis says one particular of the rewards at Life Time Academy have been the weekly in-club labs, some thing not presented by many other programs. The 120 hours of hands-on knowledge allowed her the self-assurance to go from student to trainer seamlessly.

&ldquoI have specialty certifications by means of the Academy&rsquos partnership with NASM in corrective physical exercise and overall performance enhancement,&rdquo Soltis says. Other partners consist of Yoga Alliance, American Council on Physical exercise, and Peak Pilates. She said she plans to use her knowledge in energy lifting instruction and competitions to attract a clientele of &ldquowomen of a specific age&rdquo who want to strength train. &ldquoWeight loss is a massive a single too, due to the fact of my personal knowledge. I comprehend it from a personal point of view,&rdquo she adds.

Spend for noncertified individual trainers variety from $ 18,000-$ 31,000. As a graduate of Life Time Academy Soltis knows she can expect to ultimately earn more than $ 40,000 a year and the possibility to make far more than she has in other jobs. &ldquoI see the possible to make a lot more since there are no limits. It&rsquos like getting in organization for your self, but not by yourself.&rdquo

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