What You'll Learn In this guide we'll talk about the 5 main questions to ask yourself when choosing to use your personal training qualification to work for someone.
Why it's Important Working for a company is a great way to get your personal training career off to a flying start. It's an easy way to gain experience and create a reputation for yourself.
Once you get your qualifications and decided to go the route of finding a job and becoming an employee, you need to find the right personal training job for you. Below are 5 questions to ask yourself, to determine what kind of job to look for.
1. Big Gym Vs. Small Gym
One of the first decisions you have to make, is whether you want to be at a large corporate company with a chain of gyms nationwide and possibly beyond, or a small private company with maybe just one gym or small network of trainers.
Both have their positives and negatives.
The big chain gyms are more common, they tend to have a higher turnover of trainers, thus hiring more regularly, and they often have less requirements for experience and additional qualifications.
The small private gym meanwhile usually has a friendlier work environment, invests more in helping their trainers learn and progress, and offers the opportunity to be around experienced trainers with successful businesses. The higher entry barriers typically mean a higher wage.
The big gyms are crowded and can be cut throat, with many trainers competing for the same clients and they have the natural politics and culture of a big company.
Small gyms meanwhile are harder to find a job at and often have their own way of doing things that you will be expected to fit in to; which can be both a positive and negative thing depending on your situation.
2. Gym Vs. Mobile Vs. Outdoors
Some personal training companies don’t actually have a premises and are either mobile (going to the client’s home), outdoors, or a mixture of both.
Being in one environment all of the time can become stifling, especially if you are working long hours; however having to travel around and change location comes with its own set of drawbacks including lots of travel time and potential problems/delays/etc. on the journey.
Being outdoors can be beautiful in the warm summer months, but it can be miserable on a cold and wet winter’s morning. This will be reflected in how many clients cancel sessions and continue to train, probably affecting your income.
Being in the same location is easier and allows you to focus on your own training, education and other important things between client sessions, rather than that time being lost to travelling.
3. Employed Vs. Self Employed PT
Where you see yourself down the road could impact what you choose to do now. Do you want to learn the ropes of being a trainer and then move on to a better company or start your own business?
For some, the security of employment is a constant desire and they would hope to progress through their company, earning more income and status as experience grows.
Typically if you want to start your own business in a year or two, you would want to learn as much as possible - not only about training - but also about marketing, sales and running a business.
If you want to stay put, you can get your head down and focus solely on progression through the company.
4. Guaranteed Income Vs. Performance Based Income
A guaranteed income is safe and secure, meanwhile performance based income usually has opportunity to earn significantly more. Of course the earning potential has to be weighed off against the downside.
A guaranteed income job will allow you to focus solely on training clients and getting the best results possible, without having to worry about anything else. Meanwhile in a performance based company, you have to learn and focus on sales, client retention and sometimes pushing additional products such as supplements.
The guaranteed income job will be less stressful as you start out. The performance based job will offer more benefits if you intend to start your own business in the future. Getting training and experience of sales and marketing, whilst still having the security of a base wage, can be invaluable when you venture out on your own.
5. Choosing Your Niche
If you want to work with jacked up bodybuilders you will seek a different gym to if you want to work with stay at home mums or older people. The atmosphere, location and environment of the gym will dictate the kind of clientele that they attract.
Who you want to work with, and in what kind of environment, is an important consideration. This will dictate the general attitude of both the clients and the trainers working there. Which is then going to be reflected in the fields of further education that they pursue and their own hobbies and interests.
What kind of training do you enjoy and what sort of people do you want to be around?