Whether you are an industry veteran, or a newly minted personal trainer, you probably find yourself thinking about your career quite often. While some trainers have an idea of where they want to be in the short term (with a full client list) you'd be surprised at the number of those who, due to the enormous day to day requirements, haven't given much though to their long term career progression.
What is your end-game scenario?
An end-game scenario is what you envision when everything is all said and done. At the end of the day, what do you want your career to be, with what credentials, making what amount, and located where? These are all very important questions questions to consider as their answers should determine your day to day plan.
Career Growth For the Personal Trainer
Fitness Manager: The Fitness Manager is more common in larger gyms. The person in this position is responsible for managing the entire personal training staff and group class staff under their charge. While becoming a Fitness Manager seems like the next logical step in a personal trainers career, it may not be as appealing to those who currently work independently of a specific gym, or those who don't want to be bothered with projecting and meeting sales quotas. Typically, Fitness Managers are required to have either a degree or advanced certification (or in some cases both) in addition to the common certifications like CPR/AED.
Gym Owner: The Gym Owner is a coveted position in the fitness industry. It's easy to see the perks of owning a gym. Free membership and space to train your clients; A space to enact your will on a brand and fitness methodology. Storefronts, however, cost money and you know what they say "You have to pay the cost to be the boss". When you own a gym , you are not only expected to provide a great service, but you are also in charge of facility maintenance and upkeep, staff (if applicable), finance, marketing and more. It can be overwhelming. While many rise to the occasion, others realize that they were happier focusing on providing great training without accounting for all the logistics required of a gym owner.
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Corporate Training: Did you know that some companies maintain fitness facilities. Heading one may require a degree or advanced certification, but the benefits can be out of this world.
Sports Team/Medical: Do you dream of working for your favorite school or professional sports team? It might not be that far fetched. Many schools have programs that will award you credits based on the amount of experience you have gained thus far. The path to an advanced degree may not be as hard as you thought. With that said, you have the option of taking your current experience and transitioning into a career in the medical field by becoming an athletic trainer. If you are good with your hands you can go back to school to become a physical or manual therapist. Your experience as a personal trainer will definitely assist you.
Facility Management: Ever think of managing a multi-sport complex? Your experience as a trainer could go a long way towards determining how to both maintain a facility, develop facility programming and bring more traffic through the doors.
These are just a few options that exist for trainers looking to plan their long term goals. All of these take detail oriented planning and organization plus a proven track record. All benefits of utilizing Seek Software. Whether you are an independent trainer, or you manage a large fitness facility, Seek Software has a custom solution for you (Click the links below to learn more)!
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