I never planned on working in the fitness industry, it kind of just happened. My personality along with my sports background was the perfect mix to become a fitness professional. To me, exercise has always been something to do or something to keep in shape for. I never considered it as a career. Now that I’m in the industry, I can honestly say, “Why the heck, didn’t I do this sooner!”
No seriously. I love what I do! I love the rush I feel after I lead an amazing working out. I love the fitness coaches I have met. My team is awesome! And when I’m motivating people to do One moreeee crunnnnch, I feel like the female Billy Blanks.
I know there are people out there: former athletes, gym fanatics, and bloggers, that are thinking about becoming fitness professionals. My advice for you is to do it! If you have a passion for fitness or eating healthy, start your career. If you need a push, below are 9 signs that you should come sit with us.
You love to Workout
Have you ever experienced runners high? Did you like that feeling? What if told you, you could feel that every time you finished a group fitness workout?! Now that I have your attention, how does it sound getting paid to work out? If you can’t miss a gym session or if you must do squats everyday, why not make it a career, think about it.
Helping others makes you feel good
Fitness professionals are all about helping people. We provide a service. We help people look and feel good. Our job is to upgrade our client’s and member’s lifestyles from unhealthy and sedentary to healthy and active. We educate. We guide. We thrive.
You are team Oriented
Since I left basketball, I missed team culture. There is something magical about being a part of a team; you are one. A team is family, there are moments you will cherish forever. We push each other to do better and if one of us is feeling down, we build each other back up.
Food is life
If you are a foodie or feel food is life, then you should definitely become a fitness instructor. Hello, you can workout for free!! Imagine never paying gym fees again. Eat all the food you like and work it off right after! What a dream.
You want to meet genuine people
Healthy people are happy people. Have you ever worked at a place where everyone is grumpy, angry, or agitated? It is no secret, many people hate their jobs. I guarantee if you take the plunge in the fitness industry, you will meet people that love what they do and that energy will transfer to you.
You have tons of energy
As a kid, I was known as a wild thing– bouncing off the walls, downing cans of soda, sticking chewed gum in my hair: I was crazy. As I became a teenager, I did a lot of sports. I could run without tiring. My high energy helps me teach; group fitness instructors are exercising right along with our clients. At the same time, we are motivating them, talking, and controlling the tempo of the class. Is tough, but your energy is needed to motivate others.
Giving out high fives and fist bumps is your way of communicating
High fives and fist bumps are much cooler than hand shakes. When you are in the gym, communicating and connecting with people is easy. For members who have high stress jobs a high five is just what they need to get through their workout and it makes their day. 🙂
You want to be yourself
This is a personal thing for me– you might have experienced this as well. In certain careers, you can’t express your true self (Medical field excluded). My last job had an infamous dress code: no visible tattoos, no leggings, no crazy hair dye etc. As a fitness instructor, I can wear what I please!
*Fyi, I do love the business casual and professional look, but not everyday*
You like Experimenting
When it comes to group fitness, nothing is off limits. There are many types of group fitness classes out. You can teach dance classes such as Zumba, Body Jam by Les Mills, and Jazzercise. If dancing is not your thing, you can teach military style boot camp training. If you are a workout fien, try teaching Cross fit, get a job with Orange theory, or try teaching Hit Interval training. If you want something more sporty you can teach cycling, boxing, kick boxing, and rowing. If none of those are you things, you can also teach yoga or Pilates. Possibilities are endless.
Fitsavvy’s tip: before you can teach a group fitness class you must be CPR certified and have a group fitness certification from an accredited institution. Some group fitness classes require more certifications than others. Check out https://www.nasm.org/ for more info!
Have a killer Tuesday,