The benefits of physical fitness and exercise are well documented: stronger muscles, brain health, lower risk of cardiovascular diseases, etc. More and more people are signing up for gym memberships, going on walks and runs, and otherwise finding ways to pencil in exercise and physical activity into their daily lives.
However, other people are taking fitness and all of its benefits to the next level; some individuals are so passionate and committed to exercise that they actually want to make careers out of it. This can be done and many have gone on to start and maintain highly successful fitness careers.
Nevertheless, the inevitable questions still remain: What is involved in launching a fitness career? How does someone get started? How do they maintain and grow their business following its inception?
Assess Your Options
Believe it or not, there is more than one way to bring a fitness career into being, as explained by
. One option is to pursue a university degree and study anatomy, exercise physiology, and biochemistry. While some people may see going back to school as a lucrative investment in a forthcoming, fruitful career, this particular route can have some unanticipated downsides.
A traditional education will allow the aspiring fitness aficionado to study the aforementioned subjects, but they won't learn much about the business aspect of a fitness career or change psychology. Moreover, a university degree can take anywhere between 2-6 years to earn; the associated financial costs alone can also be enough to put someone in considerable debt. Starting off a business in the metaphorical hole is never the most advisable idea.
Thankfully, a formal education is not the only path to a successful fitness career. The alternative option is to become officially certified as a personal trainer. This can be accomplished at a much faster rate than acquiring a university degree and moreover, it provides the individual with the opportunity to learn physiology and anatomy at a speedier and much less expensive rate. While learning about the business aspect of a fitness career is still missing from this path, the aspiring fitness aficionado can learn business tips from a mentor and/or from observing and working with someone who currently enjoys and maintains a successful fitness career.
Slow and Steady Wins the Race
As the old saying affirms, you have to crawl before you can soar. This is especially applicable regarding the creation of a successful fitness career.
American Council on Exercise
explains that even after someone has earned the necessary credentials needed for their chosen profession, it will take time before they're world-renowned success stories earning six and seven figures on an annual basis.
In the very beginning, brand new trainers may start off with a few select clients. However, new fitness aficionados will find that those few select clients will comprise the foundation which allows them to launch their careers. Marketing and self-promotion via social media, online websites, advertisements, etc will also prove valuable to people who are working on their fitness careers!
Never give up and never stop working to take your fitness career to the stratosphere!
Authored by Gabrielle Seunagal