Considering working in the Fitness Industry?

If you are considering working in the fitness industry, the time has never been better! If you enjoy looking after your health and fitness to the extent where it is a more than a pastime, where it is something you want to do every day then maybe a career in Health and Fitness is for you.

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The Health and Fitness industry has never been stronger. With new boutique studios and gym franchises opening daily, interest in our own wellbeing and health has driven the UK to get fitter. If you are deciding what type of career to move into it can be important to know that the future is looking strong. With the decline in other industries such as high-street retail, it is important to consider that the career you are going to choose has a bright future. The time really is now for the UK Fitness Industry.

State of the UK Fitness Industry

In the 2018 State of the UK Fitness Industry Report presented the following figures

  • The number of fitness facilities in the UK is up from 6,728 to 7,038 this year.
  • Total membership grew by 2% to 9.9 million.
  • Total market value increased by 2.9% to £4.9 billion

See more stats at: http://www.leisuredb.com/blog/2018/5/16/2018-state-of-the-uk-fitness-industry-report-out-now

This trend has seen six successive years of increases and with the increase in health and fitness comes a boost in the need for individuals who have a genuine passion for their own fitness and that of others. The scope of careers available in the industry is huge, with new styles of innovative and increasingly technological advances the future is only looking brighter. Innovative apps and the introduction of Virtual Reality into the gym experience continue to develop and excite the fitness community, with on-demand workouts and training regimens expanding the reach of the industry into people’s everyday lives.  Working in the leisure industry is not only rewarding but ultimately it can keep you fit and healthy too!

If the image of a P.E. teacher or gym instructor springs to mind when you think about careers in the world of fitness then here is a list of just some of the health and fitness jobs to remind you of how many possibilities there actually is in the world of fitness.

  • Boxing Instructor
  • Health Club Manager
  • Fitness and Nutrition journalist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Badminton Coach
  • Cycle Scheme co-ordinator
  • Personal Trainer
  • Lifeguard
  • Swimming Teacher
  • Yoga Teacher
  • Diver
  • Sports Referee
  • Jockey
  • Sports Physiotherapist
  • Sports agent
  • Outdoor activities instructor
  • Assistant Coach
  • Sports Psychologist

The training and pathways involved in the different roles can differ greatly, with some involving working in-house to progress and others needing specialist degrees. There are lots of resources out there to help you to narrow down your search. A great start is the National Careers Service. They have lots of vital information and can give you a brief nutshell of what the job in question requires and might be – check out https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/

Another helpful resource for those careers that may need an academic grounding is UCAS. They provide detailed information on a huge number of leisure industry jobs and careers and brilliant advice about how to get started on your journey – have a look at https://www.ucas.com/careers-advice

A career in the Health and Fitness industry is not always a walk in the park, but, if you chat with those who are already in the industry they will tell you it is definitely worth it. Speak to someone who works in the area you are passionate about, they might tell you about the long hours, the physical strain and the pressures of keeping training up to date. But they will also tell you they are glad they chose to do something they love to do, every day of their working life. If that is where you want to be – start your journey today.

Check out our guides to starting a career in the health and fitness industry….

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How to become a Personal Trainer

Do you think you could be a personal trainer?

Ever finished a work-out in the gym and looked around to see someone not quite using a machine right or another slowly pedalling on the bike not even breaking a sweat and thought – I would love to help you?

This is where many Personal Trainers come from – not just an obvious love of keeping fit and working out but from the pure buzz you can get from helping another person to achieve their goals.

If that sounds like something for you then read on – here we take a look at how you can become a Personal Trainer.

How to become a personal trainer

What does Personal Training involve and how does it fit into your future?

The role of a Personal Trainer is to work with a client to achieve their health and fitness goals. It can be a hugely rewarding role, and for those who take their own health and fitness seriously, training to qualify can be enjoyable and fulfilling. Educating and advising clients on short-term and longer-term plans to improve their fitness and nutrition takes specialist skills and knowledge. In order to be able to operate successfully as a Personal Trainer you will first need to gain a recognised qualification.

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Personal trainer courses

Courses to begin this process are available widely and UCAS provides some fantastic advice and guidance on where to find the courses and which ones are generally taken to progress along this route.

UCAS lists the following as a guide to which courses to explore

To become a personal trainer, you would normally be an experienced fitness instructor with a recognised qualification, such as:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing – Gym
  • Level 2 Diploma in Health, Fitness, and Exercise Instruction
  • Level 2 Diploma in Instructing Exercise and Fitness

You can take further qualifications specific to this career, which include:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training
  • Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training”

https://www.ucas.com/ucas/after-gcses/find-career-ideas/explore-jobs/job-profile/personal-trainer

Gym instructors and fitness instructors that already work in the leisure industry often make the move into personal training. Generally, some form of work experience in the world of fitness is required to get you started. The cost of the courses to qualify vary depending on location and the level of qualifications you already hold.

The National Register of Personal Trainers has a fabulous article looking at the different types of courses and costs. Prices can range from £900 -£4000 depending on where you are starting from and which path you want to take. Have a look at: https://nrpt.co.uk/articles/how-much-does-it-cost-to-become-a-personal-trainer.htm

University courses can be part-time or full-time to suit your lifestyle. Ranging from Diplomas in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training to Awards in Instructing Outdoor Fitness. As varied as the world of fitness is, courses can be taken to specialise in your chosen area to create your profile to become the Personal Trainer you want to be.

https://nrpt.co.uk/become/training/index.htm

If becoming a Personal Trainer is a dream of yours and one you know you can achieve then the reward at the end of qualification is a career you love that you can do every single day!

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Personal Trainer jobs

A lot of Personal Trainers are self-employed meaning that you can not only do the job you love but you can do it for yourself too!

The working days, however, may be long – it is definitely worth considering the aspects of the job that come along with it. Be prepared for some clients to need you at 5 am before work, while others want a session at lunchtime, and those who don’t finish work till 7 pm will want to book you when you would probably rather be thinking about an early night.

There are other factors to consider too, for example, your client base will need to be built up. This will take time and effort. A great way to build your base is to build your reputation; once people know you are reliable, trustworthy and can provide results, the clients will find you.

As you are self-employed, you will need liability insurance, and you will also need a first aid award that includes a CPR certificate. It is a good idea to be part of a professional body such as REPs (Register of Exercise Professionals) as they can help and support you on your PT journey.

You should also be prepared for lots of washing. If you are working out with your clients several times a day you will need to invest in a good washing machine or move closer to a launderette! The other aspects of your work involving writing meal plans, designing programs specific to the individual clients, and continuing to build your client base can all take time out of your already busy day.

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But…despite the fact that when you tell people you are a Personal Trainer – everyone will ask you questions about things they should be doing – the job is an amazing one. Helping people to transform their lives, re-build their health, prepare for a special occasion, recover from an injury, or train for a competition. Whatever the reason why people need and want Personal Trainers the results are amazing – you can and do make a difference every day to every single person that you work with. Not a bad way to spend a career!

The future of the Health and Fitness industry is bright. More and more people are thinking about their own fitness levels and there has truly never been a better time to consider training. Yes, it’s hard work getting there but if it is what you love to do then imagine being able to do that to earn a living and to help others to love it too!

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