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Personal Trainer Overview

Now that your body fat percentage is as close to zero as it is ever likely to be, maybe it’s time to pay it forward and let others in on your secret to success — become a personal trainer!

Whether you’re working in a gym or building your own client base, from meeting with small groups in a local park to showing fellow gym members the ropes around the facility, this is a great field to be involved in for the physically fit. Embrace the strenuous life!

Responsibilities

  • Motivate. Personal trainers are enthusiastic and outgoing. They have the ability to motivate and inspire others.
  • Present an organized routine and demonstrate exercises so that others can easily follow along. You should be able to adjust your pace to suit various levels of experience.
  • Help others achieve their desired goal. Whether it's losing weight or gaining muscle mass, you'll monitor client progress and offer sound advice on healthy eating and lifestyle choice.

Skills

  • Friendly demeanor and a positive attitude. It's all you need to get started.
  • Knowledgeable about human anatomy. Know the names of the major muscle groups and how to properly build those muscles to achieve positive results.
  • Goal-oriented. Be able to explain exercise routines clearly and efficiently and help clientele set goals for themselves.
  • Background in athletics and being skilled at sports would be helpful, but having endurance, strength, flexibility and agility is a must.

Experience

Being energetic and fit is a great start, but many gyms looking to hire personal trainers may require certification. The International Fitness Professional Association (IFPA) grants certification to qualified candidates who have a high school diploma or GED. If you have worked in a gym in the past and have some familiarity with standard equipment and how to use it safely, you’ll give yourself an edge in the interview.

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