How To I become a Personal Trainer?

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    How To I become a Personal Trainer?


    I was just wondering how I would go about becoming Certified as a Personal trainer and working in the local Gyms??


    I have seen many online courses I could take, while Im away from my home town for a couple months. Its only about 400 dollars to complete the course and become certified!!

    Would this be all I really need to get my first real job in the local gyms around my hometown. Like 24 hours fitness, firm intentions, YMCA, those are some regulars around my area

    ALL HELP would be appreciated!! Thanks!!!!

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    If you are worried about working in a gym and needing certification. ISSA is the way to go, everyone will except them, I used to be registered with them, but over the years the certificate has meant nothing in the big game of it all. The other two trainers, at my MMA school aren't certified either, but for a commercial gym you will have to be.
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    saWeeeT!!! so how would I get a job then
    would the people working there now as personal trainers
    train me in the field, and then let me have my own clients???

    so i can make some good money???!!!
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    Well some trainers make good money, others starve. It is all up to you and the results that your people get. Get certified with ISSA, then usually you will get paid a floor rate, and a training rate. You can make out really well, or not at all.
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    saWeeeeeeeT

    thanks man!!

    is there an age requirement at all???? jw
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    sweet! thanks man


    take care!!!
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    Hey sifu...I think this guy is "SaWeeet" on you. LOL!
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    haha ^^^^ nope sorry
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    Cuffs you sick bastard
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    IMHO, personal trainers are not on demand at all, at least right now. Many of my local gyms even have signs up prohibiting posting flyers, training clients there, etc. There's just way too many of them around anymore. It gets to be a hassle for the gym owners and the other members there.

    I was going to do this before too, but looked into it more and decided not to. If I were you, I would judt try and get your own personal/private clients fro now. And I would focus on mainly older trainees. THis way you wouldn't even need a cert. and you could always do that later...
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    I feel strongly NASM (national academy of sports medicine) is the best one can obtain, without having a degree in sports science (ascm would get that vouch). This is the one of the two I have and absolutely had no problems with getting job offers. I think PT's are in high demand still. Really depends on the gym and location im sure. One could make 6 digits with the right situation and big clientele (ACE, ISSA, AFAA all good.... there's a few more)
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    Like Jergo was saying, the demand for personal trainers right now is very low.

    At my gym I am in charge of interviewing and hireing trainers when we need them, which is very rare. In the past I have had to schedule several inteviews a day which involve skills assesment and written tests. I rarely hire someone unless they have some sort of formal education in the field or are certified by a major organization like ACSM or NSCA. I cant speak for the gyms in your area. Thats just my experience when it comes to personal training.

    I will say this. There have been times where someone with no previous training experience has come in and showed that they know there stuff. If thats the case we usualy take them on and help them work towards their certification.

    Thought you might like to hear from someone on the inside. Hope it helps.

    good luck
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    The reason I want to know this is because
    Personal Training is somethin ive wanted to do for along time
    and Now that Im 18, I really want to make this happen!!


    I just want to make enuff money to get my own place sometime soon yano
    and stuff like that HAHAHA

    thanks for all the info guys!
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    Quote Originally Posted by HauseKat
    The reason I want to know this is because
    Personal Training is somethin ive wanted to do for along time
    and Now that Im 18, I really want to make this happen!!


    I just want to make enuff money to get my own place sometime soon yano
    and stuff like that HAHAHA

    thanks for all the info guys!
    18? You mean 20 right?
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    yeh weird, i thought you were 20 too???? hmm musta gotten confused
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    Quote Originally Posted by kmac6225
    yeh weird, i thought you were 20 too???? hmm musta gotten confused
    indeed:

    Quote Originally Posted by HauseKat
    Alright, Im 20 years old, might not look like it but I am.
    Quote Originally Posted by HauseKat
    And Im 20 i have no clue why it said 18,
    Quote Originally Posted by HauseKat
    Im 18 and i made the same choice,
    Quote Originally Posted by HauseKat
    Now that Im 18, I really want to make this happen!!
    no offense HauseKat, but just come clean, man.
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    hahaHA, You just got OWNED!
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    How do they find this site ? Honestly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TooL
    How do they find this site ? Honestly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jergo
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    Hmm, I hope we dont have an epidemic on our hands.
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    thats funny

    I was registered with ISSA as well back in the dizzay

    id say get a certification it looks good on a business card if you want to do it privately

    you don't even have to tell the gyms you are training someone there...all gyms normally have some kind of rate for a one day pass

    if you land some clients...they pay for the use of the gym on the days they want to go, and thats that...

    also...its tough getting clients at a gym..i worked in NYC for a bit...

    like stated above..you are a "floor trainer" where you get paid like 9 an hour to walk around and help people..trying to get clients etc....you only get paid more when your with a client

    i personally didnt make that much money...there were dudes there with phd's etc in exercise phys...real tough

    needless to say, i am now an IT guy

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    Quote Originally Posted by hamper19
    needless to say, i am now an IT guy

    h19
    Yeah, me too. And with the way the market's turned, maybe we should be looking into personal training...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wreck
    Yeah, me too. And with the way the market's turned, maybe we should be looking into personal training...
    I second that!
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    I'm currently a trainer at my job, formerly sales..

    Things to consider when becoming a trainer:

    1. Get CPR certified, don't want Grammy fallin' out on you from the treadmill..
    2. The main certifications you'll need (one, or all if you got the $$) ACE, NSCA, NASM, ACSM, ISSA, AFFA.. Some clubs, like mine, have specialty certifications you can take, which makes you worth more..

    3. Don't be shy! Do you know how many women ask me to spot them a day? I'm at the squat rack more while I'm working than I am on leg day!! Not that I'm complaining, no.. The moral is, the more personable and out-going you are, people will just bring you clients..

    4. Sex is not a payment option, but negotiable if she's cute..

    5. As long as you can motivate your clients, keep them pushing, don't let them down, and show them results, once again, they'll bring you clients..

    Don't thank me, this is what I do!
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    point #3 is a good one. and im sorry but trainers have a different mentality on a good lifestyle than your average gym-goer. An idea that was well put in Pete's 5th point. Im a PT, and sorta feels like a club..... But of course, they're dudes (many on this board) who isnt a certified trainer and knows everything about everything health and sports science.
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