Becoming a certified personal fitness trainer (PFT) is one of the most popular career choices in the health and fitness profession. To be successful you need to demonstrate commitment and education, in short you need to put the time in.
Over the last few decades people have undeniably become more health conscious and this has meant a burgeoning interest in and increased availability of options for those considering a career as a PFT.
Communicating your passion
The first point that any aspiring PFT has to consider is how they translate their own obvious enthusiasm into improving the fitness of others. As with any good teacher a good PFT must continually develop and hone their communication and inter-personal skills. This means listening to and motivating your clients. It means communicating the purpose of a particular exercise and explaining how it improves the functioning of the body.
In addition it means knowing how the body works from a dietary, nutritional and systemic perspective. You need to know about “biological molecules”, you need to know how the muscles work and you need to know what the term “balanced diet”.
A second is that a good PFT concentrates on the type of exercises and training activities that they themselves are good at and so are more likely to enjoy. This is crucial how many of us remember dull and boring classes at school, which killed any enthusiasm for that particular subject?
You need to convey your enthusiasm, enjoy working closely with people and derive satisfaction from helping them achieve their goals. You must ask yourself some very pertinent questions and answer them honestly before you embark on a career as a PFT. In other words you need to understand what the day to day life of a personal trainer might be like. Then you ask “Can I actually do this?”
Questions and Certification
To ascertain this you should be talking to those who are already succeeding in the job, in many ways this can be seen as an invisible college for the fitness industry. We all know that such advice is in any career is second to none; the fitness industry is no different. You should not have too much difficulty with this, most PFT’s got into the business to help others, and they concurrently want to help you do the same. OK so now you have done the groundwork, you’ve gone out into the field and you’ve answered yes in all honesty to those pertinent questions alluded to above. What next?
Well you can’t just walk and get on with it, you need to get certified. There are numerous online and offline courses available depending on your circumstances and location. For instance in London there is Be A Better You that offer online personal trainer courses as well as face to face training in Canary Wharf.
However, as with any profession the possession of that all important piece of paper shows that you are dedicated to the industry. The number of certificates available can be daunting, so you need to decide which one is for you. Whatever path you choose without PFT certification of some kind you are highly unlikely to be considered for meaningful professional employment.