Things You Should Know Before Becoming a Certified Personal Trainer

Posted on August 5, 2015 at 12:18 am by

One of the questions I (surprisingly) get asked the most is “Should I become a certified personal trainer?” That’s a loaded question, because the answer depends on YOU.

Before I get any deeper into this post, let me make it clear that I love personal training. Really, I do, or I wouldn’t be doing it. However, I am going back to school to pursue a different career path because at this point in my life, the cons of being a personal trainer outweigh the pros.

Things To Know Before Becoming a CPT

First let me start off with things that I love about being a personal trainer:

  • Helping people – DUH! This is hands down one of the best parts of the job. Empowering women and pushing them to reach and exceed their goals, all while helping them discover how strong they truly are, is an indescribable feeling.
  • Potential to own your own business. This could be both a pro and a con. Owning your own business is a lot of work. You wear a lot of hats. But it also means a flexible schedule and being your own boss.
  • It’s an active job. I’m not the type who can sit in a cubicle communicating via email all day. I need that one on one interaction with other people.

Okay now that you’ve heard the good, it’s time to talk about the not-so-good:

  • Split schedule. Even though I own my own business and I technically get to set my own hours, the reality is that my schedule has to reflect the scheduling needs of my clients (aka before and after work). So I typically work mornings, have the afternoons off, then also work evenings. It definitely takes a toll on family time at the end of the day.
  • Inconsistent pay. As a trainer, I never know how much money I’m going to be bringing home. Sometimes clients cancel their sessions last minute and I lose out on that cash flow. It happens. I rarely make the same amount in a given week. However, there are a lot of opportunities that you can do to make extra money. It just depends on how much you’re willing to spread yourself thin.
  • Exhausting. I’ll be the first to say that I don’t mind working hard. In fact, I love working hard. But sometimes being a trainer is more physically/mentally exhausting than you think. I only do one-on-one sessions and I give myself 110% to each session every day. At the end of the day I’m pretty drained (physically and mentally) and sometimes it’s hard to remember to take care of your own needs.

So who is becoming a personal trainer suited for?

I think if you’re okay with your job being your life and trying to cram as many clients in a day to make a living then GO FOR IT! Also, if you’re not the breadwinner of your household, and you’re just looking for an enjoyable job to make a little extra cash then also GO FOR IT.

For me personally, I noticed that I started to lose my love + passion for health and fitness (which I never want to happen) when I depended on it to pay the bills. It became stressful, because I would have to spread myself pretty thin in order to make ends meet. Which, some people don’t mind spreading themselves thin as long as they’re doing what they love. It just depends on YOU and what you want (:

I hope these little tid bits gave you a glimpse into what it’s like to be a personal trainer!

xo, Jess

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