Chances are if you are reading this article right now, you love fitness.
Fitness is a rewarding personal venture that allows you to push yourself to new limits, meet likeminded individuals, and lets you look and feel your best.
Whether you are an athlete, a competitor, or just have general interest in fitness you might have considered making fitness into a career as a personal trainer.
Let me be perfectly clear.
Anyone can become a personal trainer.
If you are willing to dedicate yourself to learning and applying fitness knowledge, you can absolute become a personal trainer.
How to Become A Personal Trainer
Becoming a personal trainer is as simple as acquiring a valid and accredited personal training certification.
While that sounds easy, it's a bit more of a length process that I've written about in detail here.
If you don't have time to read the entire article here's the TLDR (too long didn't read) version.
- Determine if personal training is the right career for you.
- Choose the right certification.
- Pay for exams and materials.
- Study & study some more.
- Prepare for and pass the exam.
- Acquire personal training insurance and AED certification.
- Find an employer or work as an independent trainer.
- Continue educating yourself and acquire specialization certifications.
Getting your personal training certification is extremely rewarding. In fact, the average personal training salary is $59,172 per year (as of September 28th 2018) according to Salary.com.
Beyond monetary gains, as a personal trainer you will directly impact the lives of others and by extension their friends and families.
Imagine making your community a healthier and happier place by simply doing what you love.
As you begin working down the path to becoming a personal trainer, we have some suggestions to make your life a bit easier.
Recommendations for Anyone Wanting to Become A Personal Trainer
There are many personal training certifications to choose from and they all offer a varying degree of training and difficulty on exams.
While a personal trainer who knows what they are doing and saying is vital, there are some certifications that are typically easier to acquire based on the criteria and have a solid curriculum.
We strongly recommend the NASM® CPT. This certification has a solid foundation in programming and exercise science and has a moderately difficult exam.
If you decide to go with this certification we'd love for you to check out our guidance course on our website FitProAcademy.
Study guides can be found for most personal training certifications and typically remove a lot of the time-consuming fluff that doesn't matter on the actual exam.
When it comes to actually taking the exam be sure you are ready to pass it on the first attempt.
For example, the NASM® CPT exam requires a $199 retest fee if you fail the exam the first time.
(For those who take our guidance course, we guarantee your pass or receive a full refund)
The day before your exam make sure that you get plenty of sleep and be sure to eat breakfast the morning of.
We recommend taking your exam in the morning when you have the best mental capacity and critical thinking skills.
Be sure to relax, take your time, skip questions that don't make sense and come back to them.
Once you pass your personal training certification, you'll never look back.
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