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2011/03/16 13:45:43 (permalink)

I want to a Personal trainer... Please give me some advice if you are qualified...

Hello
Im thinking of becoming a personal trainer. I love the gym and recently been made redundant. 
I know theres alot of presonal trainers out there and its a hard market...its something i want to do Part-time and full time if there is enough money in there. I have a great passion and try to educate my self constantly with anything to do with training...
 
The course im looking at is with "The training Room"
 
So many courses out there so much learn... Hope you can share your thoughts and experiences in the industry.
Thank you
 
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    Re:I want to a Personal trainer... Please give me some advice if you are qualified... 2011/03/16 14:01:32 (permalink)
    Hi there mate
    I have been in the industry for almost 13 years now after being a professional dancer for 6 years. There are shed loads of courses out there and I am sure it will be very confusing when considering which one to choose for someone not familiar with the industry.
     
    If I may share with you my personal opinion:
    Dont go for the cheapest option as you will get what you pay for.
    Try to find a course that includes additional skills along with the PT training as there are many courses that will offer this and it is worth it in the long run.
    There are millions of PT's out there and so you will need to be able to stand out from the crowd. The better PT's have educated themselves further than just the basic PT course, as you will discover.
     
    I recommend you find a job in a gym to gain experience of the industry and this may be tedius work at times but it is an essential learning curve on the workings of the fitness industry.
    You will need a level 2 fitness instructor qualification first anyway and some training providers will offer you a loyalty discount for doing both with them.
     
    The beauty of this profession is the potential opportunities it can offer depending upon the individual and their preferences. You can upskill on the job and if you decide to work for yourself eventually you can take it an many directions.
     
    It is a fun industry but it comes with politics like any prfoession. The main thing is your passion and mine is fitness and exercise so I love it. If yours is then I am sure you will too.
    To be able to make a career out of a hobby has been the best thing I ever did.
     
    Good luck!
     
    post edited by Rachfit - 2011/03/16 14:02:53

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    Re:I want to a Personal trainer... Please give me some advice if you are qualified... 2011/03/16 16:00:49 (permalink)
    Thankz Rachfit
    I appreciate the information you have shared with me...
    The course ive seen with the training room cost
    £3195.00 for fast track course which you will get your level 2/3 and studio cycling, Gym based boxing, Circuit training, Sport nuitritian and business and marketing.
     
    Ive seen others cheaper but im still looking for a good course...
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    Re:I want to a Personal trainer... Please give me some advice if you are qualified... 2011/03/16 21:58:20 (permalink)
    i did PT with
    http://intelligenttrainingsystems.com/
     
    if you want to be sucessfull, then i would also recommend doing sports massage.  it gives you a much better anatomy knowledge, and is an excellent extra service to offer your clients.  youll have better client retention, and satisfaction, have greater earning potential, and be able to keep them in the best possible health.  Going on to do other things such as olympic lifting, and s&c courses will also give your training much more variety, greater appeal and make you stand out.
     
    there are thousands of useless PT's out there, and very few really good ones.  there is good money to be earnt, but you need to be someone that people really want!  as much as your skill, your also selling yourself,  and IMO that also means looking good, so being lean, in shape and healthy with good posture etc. 
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    Re:I want to a Personal trainer... Please give me some advice if you are qualified... 2011/03/16 22:17:57 (permalink)
    I rang that training room, now the guy always rings me to get me to register, quick £200 for them...

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    Re:I want to a Personal trainer... Please give me some advice if you are qualified... 2011/03/16 23:05:08 (permalink)
    hi mate, me and the fiancee did our with the training rooms..
     
    all i can say is DONT.. we are currently in a court battle with them as they did not keep to the agreement and we are suing for damages.
     
    they garuntee interveiws.. this does not happen
    they promise you knowlege.. all you will be taught is ''get your clients doing lots of cardio''  dont get them doing weights it will bulk them too much , and if possible give them a stability ball.
     
    nutrition is non existant, our trainer told us she will have to '' get back to us'' as she cant remember the kcals in pcf.
     
    we used our cert to get into a degree course with a strength and conditioning msc at the end and that is all its good for lol.
     
    if i can get 1 person to go with a better provider , and therfore prevent 1 more new ''stability ball'' pt then i would have done a service lol
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    Re:I want to a Personal trainer... Please give me some advice if you are qualified... 2011/03/17 15:01:53 (permalink)
    thanks branch I was going to do this course a few months ago. I guessed it was more for the beginner and would be paying for 80% of what I already know

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    Re:I want to a Personal trainer... Please give me some advice if you are qualified... 2011/03/17 16:04:45 (permalink)
    Your right researching a few reviews and they are not very positive....
    I would say i know a fair bit already been training for over 6 years.. just want some qualifications that are reputable...
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    Re:I want to a Personal trainer... Please give me some advice if you are qualified... 2011/03/17 17:05:54 (permalink)
    yeah lads, i always wondered where all these so called pt's get there quals and then i did this course lol, we used it to go on to uni and would not get in with out it so it helped in that way .. but the trainers are mind numbingly stupid
     
     
    me and mrs branch would correct her 3-4 times per day,
     
    ymca are meant to do a good one but havent looked into them that much gd luck finding a one though
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    Re:I want to a Personal trainer... Please give me some advice if you are qualified... 2011/05/04 17:59:39 (permalink)
    We looked at all of the accreditation bodies and decided that YMCA were the best.
    Combining the Level 2 Gym, the Level 3 Personal trainer, the Group Cycling and Business and Marketing Skills should cost you no more than £2000.00. We do then slightly less than that.
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    Re:I want to a Personal trainer... Please give me some advice if you are qualified... 2011/05/05 10:08:24 (permalink)
    I was thinking about a similar thing.
     
    Apart from already running an engineering business and a business providing activity instructors and coaches to various market sectors, I'm an ex teacher and have coaching badges for 15+ sports (I can't actually remember all of them!), but including the SAWLA (Scottish Amatuer Weighlifting Association) Instructor ticket, so I think I could offer sports based training and include really diverse things like indoor climbing for those who wanted to get away from the gym. I may need to get a PT ticket for validation on top of all this, (I don't really know the industry standards as yet).
     
    I was thinking about a split brand feature:
     
    1. Sports Specific Training
    2. Using sports training alongside gym and weights work to meet peoples general fitness / weight loss needs.
     
    I'm looking for a gap in the market to run alongside my sports coaching / activity instructors business so that I can sell out of engineering.
     
    I would also look at contracting in other PT's (as a specialist agency) as this is what I already do with outdoor ed instructors and specialist tutors. The added value is that I can break down packages into direct service needs for the different market sectors (public / private / individual). I already have a gold, silver and bronze package format that meets public sector needs for activity delivery - at gold level this includes all the paperwork, risk assessments, risk management and learning outcomes. This is added value.
     
    What do people think of such a service / plan?
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    Re:I want to a Personal trainer... Please give me some advice if you are qualified... 2011/05/05 15:12:35 (permalink)
    Bollard it sounds awesome mate, you are already half way there!!
     

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    Re:I want to a Personal trainer... Please give me some advice if you are qualified... 2011/05/07 16:37:16 (permalink)
    Did mine with premier and never looked back.  Excellent course material and training. 
     
    The most important aspect is developing your business skills.  Unfortunately the key to being busy is being a good salesman first and a good PT second (although both are a requirement for good retention).
     
    As above consider additional skills to compliment your PT.  I would say something like sports massage as you will find you can offer services when people initially intended to cancel the session(s) due to injury.
     
    have fun
     
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    Re:I want to a Personal trainer... Please give me some advice if you are qualified... 2011/05/07 16:42:26 (permalink)
    Bollard

    I was thinking about a similar thing.

    Apart from already running an engineering business and a business providing activity instructors and coaches to various market sectors, I'm an ex teacher and have coaching badges for 15+ sports (I can't actually remember all of them!), but including the SAWLA (Scottish Amatuer Weighlifting Association) Instructor ticket, so I think I could offer sports based training and include really diverse things like indoor climbing for those who wanted to get away from the gym. I may need to get a PT ticket for validation on top of all this, (I don't really know the industry standards as yet).

    I was thinking about a split brand feature:

    1. Sports Specific Training
    2. Using sports training alongside gym and weights work to meet peoples general fitness / weight loss needs.

    I'm looking for a gap in the market to run alongside my sports coaching / activity instructors business so that I can sell out of engineering.

    I would also look at contracting in other PT's (as a specialist agency) as this is what I already do with outdoor ed instructors and specialist tutors. The added value is that I can break down packages into direct service needs for the different market sectors (public / private / individual). I already have a gold, silver and bronze package format that meets public sector needs for activity delivery - at gold level this includes all the paperwork, risk assessments, risk management and learning outcomes. This is added value.

    What do people think of such a service / plan?

     
    Sounds great.  Just bear in mind that the general demographic want the old boring mantra of "lose weight: tone up".  Certainly persuing your ideal client base is a great idea, but don't ignore what the majority of people want (as a financial starting point anyway).
     
    good luck mate sounds like you would be an awesome coach; your posts are some of the most informative on this board
     
    sel


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    Re:I want to a Personal trainer... Please give me some advice if you are qualified... 2011/05/07 16:45:33 (permalink)
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    Bollard

    I was thinking about a similar thing.

    Apart from already running an engineering business and a business providing activity instructors and coaches to various market sectors, I'm an ex teacher and have coaching badges for 15+ sports (I can't actually remember all of them!), but including the SAWLA (Scottish Amatuer Weighlifting Association) Instructor ticket, so I think I could offer sports based training and include really diverse things like indoor climbing for those who wanted to get away from the gym. I may need to get a PT ticket for validation on top of all this, (I don't really know the industry standards as yet).

    I was thinking about a split brand feature:

    1. Sports Specific Training
    2. Using sports training alongside gym and weights work to meet peoples general fitness / weight loss needs.

    I'm looking for a gap in the market to run alongside my sports coaching / activity instructors business so that I can sell out of engineering.

    I would also look at contracting in other PT's (as a specialist agency) as this is what I already do with outdoor ed instructors and specialist tutors. The added value is that I can break down packages into direct service needs for the different market sectors (public / private / individual). I already have a gold, silver and bronze package format that meets public sector needs for activity delivery - at gold level this includes all the paperwork, risk assessments, risk management and learning outcomes. This is added value.

    What do people think of such a service / plan?


    Sounds great.  Just bear in mind that the general demographic want the old boring mantra of "lose weight: tone up".  Certainly persuing your ideal client base is a great idea, but don't ignore what the majority of people want (as a financial starting point anyway).

    good luck mate sounds like you would be an awesome coach; your posts are some of the most informative on this board

    sel

     Great point.

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