“You must see it. You must believe it. And then you must never stop working to make it happen.” –Arnold Schwarzenegger
Schwarzenegger was 21 years old when he moved to the United States of America. He was a young Austrian immigrant who spoke little English. He came to pursue his dream of becoming a bodybuilder. Not only did he become the world’s greatest bodybuilder but also the highest-paid actor, and eventually Governor of California.
His success story makes you believe that dreams do come true. But only, if you put in the time, passion and hard work in them. Especially for a career like Bodybuilding or fitness per se. The industry has produced many big names and for sure has grown recognizably over the past few years. According to Business Insider, “Fitness has exploded into a nearly $100 billion global industry as more people become obsessed with their health”
This exponential growth has provided numerous career opportunities for those who are fitness freaks. The number of wellness and fitness clubs and boutiques has been on a major high, and the graph is only going to get higher in the near future as well.
But there are many questions that arise in our minds when we think of career options in this field. “What are the job options?”, “As a fitness professional how much you can earn?”, “Will you only work in a gym?”, “Can you make it big in this industry?” these are some common queries of people who want to do a fitness course or to pursue a career in the fitness industry.
So if you are one of the Fitness Freaks who want to turn your passion into your profession, then you are reading exactly what you need to. This article will give you an insight into “Career ideas for Fitness Freaks”. Listed below are some career options in this industry:
The most in-demand job nowadays is that of a Personal Trainer. Their job is to instruct and assist people in reaching personal health and fitness goals. They possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to design safe and effective fitness programs.
It is also a good option if you are looking out for handsome pay. Celebrities, Athletes and in fact common people who want to take good care of their health hire personal trainers. This person will make sure that you complete your workout and motivate you to achieve your goal.
However, one needs to have the proper knowledge and skills to be a good Personal Trainer. Being certified from a recognized Institute or Fitness Club is crucial for this job role. The person should have knowledge of human anatomy and the concepts of functional exercise, basic nutrition and fundamental principles of exercise science.
Although, working in the fitness industry is not necessarily synonymous with being a trainer. There are many other jobs out there that help makes the fitness world go round—and keep the bills paid.
A Floor Trainer is different from a Personal Trainer; she/he is responsible for managing the fitness floor, responding to members and guests by offering assistance, and educating the members on the safe and correct use of cardio and weight training equipment.
However, the Floor Trainer does not enjoy the benefits of incentives like a Personal Trainer. He/She has to be active on the Gym/Fitness Club floor for roughly 8-9 hours and keep a check on the people that walk in for a workout. These trainers get a basic salary of 20k-25k depending on the Gym/Fitness Club brand you choose.
This person is responsible for managing the team of trainers in a gym. The Head Trainer is a salary based job however, he/she is also entitled to get incentives when the team hits a target and can also earn as a Personal Trainer too.
This person has to ensure that all the Floor Trainers and Personal Trainers are doing their job as expected such as client satisfaction, login hours, their payments and so on.
This position is however acquired after a few years of experience as a Floor or Personal Trainer. One needs to work up to this level.
Considering health and wellness has become an essential part of the modern-day world, multinational companies and ensure that they have an in-house gym/wellness space.
They are hiring health coaches as part of their wellness initiatives. These coaches/instructors may work in a corporate setting to lead weight loss support groups, work in the in-house gym, and educate people on physical wellbeing by introducing healthy habits.
This person has made a considerable amount of money depending on the organization’s size and business.
By creating and selling online coaching courses, one can spread information to people who are physically out of reach.
This will require a small team that can shoot, edit, market and work on the technical and selling part. Course topics can depend on your specialization and if your budget permits, one can form a team of Nutrition Experts and counselors so that you have a variety of content.
One can create an online application and create video content, blogs and so much more through that as well.
For someone who is excited by the idea of having their own space to train clients, employ their own handpicked staff, and create community, this is a wonderful option.
You may get specialization in one particular aspect of fitness and start with a niche. Owning a gym will also give you the opportunity to host events, develop local partnerships, and set your own rates.
This aspect of Fitness career is trending and a person who is hardworking, dedicated and smart can make a large sum of monetarily.
The next step a person can look at is the position of a gym Manager. He/She is responsible for the day-to-day activity of the gym and also takes care of the sales.
The way the franchise market/business is growing in India, it becomes natural that they need more of a good Manager who can take care of their brand center.
A person from the Fitness background who has good experience in this field can set this position as a future job goal for self because this person will have adequate knowledge of the equipment required, the number of trainers that will be needed and even how to run the business.
There are many other jobs a person in the Fitness industry can do apart from the above mentioned few. Along with all those, a person can side by side start Fitness blogging, create their own Youtube channel, market through Instagram, create your own fitness service or product and work on it.
Eventually, once you have made your name or established a good reputation, you will be offered to attend high profile events, promote a brand and make use of your personal profile.
The fitness industry has a lot to offer to take into account your personal preferences, dedication, and diligence.
Before deciding on any of these options, consider and understand what makes you happy, a full-time job as a trainer or instructor or being an entrepreneur.
In some cases, you can combine the two by being employed and also starting your own business on the side.