Interested in entering the fitness industry as a personal trainer? Excellent. Here’s what you need to know:
In order to get work (ie clients), you’ll need to get as much education under your belt as possible to make up for lack of experience. If you’re currently in school, getting a degree in Physical Education, Kinesiology, or Exercise Physiology will help tremendously. If that isn’t an option, you can start by getting a Personal Training certification from an NCCA recognized agency - or you can dive right in with a company like TRX. It all depends on what you want to do with your personal training certification.
Tip: If you reside outside the U.S., a quick online search will help you decide which certifications are most widely recognized in your country.
Like anything, you’ll need hours and hours of practice to hone your craft. Begin by creating programs for friends and family. Pay attention to how your clients respond to your workouts as well as their own emotional/physical limitations. It doesn’t matter how great your programs are if your clients aren’t actually doing them. Learn from this before you put yourself out to the public.
A high percentage of personal trainers begin working for somebody else and eventually move on to running their own businesses to make a better profit. Taking courses in business, marketing, and computer skills will be extremely valuable as your career evolves throughout the years.
Keep learning. We can’t emphasize this enough. There will always be new products, trends, research, and concepts being released that your clients are going to try, and have questions about. You will want to be able to give an educated and well informed response when these situations come up. Another reason to stay relevant - competition. If you stay on top of it, you’ll always be considered a valuable resource to your clientele.
‘Education is, and will continue to be the cutting edge factor in this industry. ‘ C-Frankel
WHERE TO START?
When you enter the fitness industry, you’ll be exposed to hundreds of different types of continuing education. In order to figure out which direction you want to go, you’ll need to determine what your main focus is as a trainer. Most goals revolve around performance and aesthetics. The ability to get your clients moving well directly translates to their bodies looking, feeling, and operating better.
TRX Education = A Movement Based Philosophy
The TRX movement based curriculum is designed to educate trainers on the importance of movement standards that can be directly applied to hundreds of different exercises. Moving past muscle-based approaches, TRX Education Journey takes a deeper dive into how people move and the science we can use to get them moving better.
Stop 1 in the TRX Education Journey = TRX Suspension Training Course (STC). This course is more than how to use product, and goes beyond simply providing you exercises.
Let’s face it, between Pinterest, YouTube, blogs, books etc. you can get exercises anywhere, but there’s more to being a great trainer than knowing lots of exercises. Being exposed to the science behind why Suspension Training is effective is the first step in understanding how your clients’ movement can improve drastically over a short period of time. As a training company, we use our library of exercises and our many cueing and coaching protocols to help our clients understand, apply, and adapt quickly.
TRX EDUCATION: A Trainer's Best Resource
Resources to Get you Going
It’s more than just exercises. It’s more than just muscle groups. In order to be at your best, you have to learn from the best. TRX has taken an evidence-based approach to their education and they’ve packed every course with decades of knowledge and the most recent research. You’re sent on your way with several resources on how to implement it all, taking your training and your business to the next level.
A Journey of Expertise
“I had and used my first TRX Suspension Trainer for 5 months before I even took the TRX STC in 2007. I had no idea how much I had been underutilizing it. After my STC, and each subsequent course after, I went back to my clients a better trainer with new exercises, advanced training concepts, and coaching skills that I’ve been using for the past decade.”
-Ami McMullen, TRX Master Instructor
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