FITNESS TRAINER

FITNESS TRAINER

 

A BRIEF INTRO

A fitness trainer is a person who creates and supervises the workout plan of clients to help them tone up their body or build muscle. S/he performs exercises and asks the clients to imitate the movements. The workout is meant to serve one of many purposes-weight loss, bulking up, staying leanand, occasionally, subduing minor pain. The trainer must ensure that the clients maintain correct posture while exercising since bad posture can lead to injury. Setting up one’s own gym can cost Rs. 50 lakh to 1 crore just for the best equipment

TYPICAL WORK SCHEDULE

6 am: Do a workout

7:30 am: Train a client at his/her place

9:30 am: Train a batch at the studio

Noon: Take some rest

2:30 pm: Meet prospective clients to discuss workout plans

5:30 pm: Train the evening batch

 pm: Leave for home

SALARY STRUCTURE

The salary of a fitness trainer in a gym is Rs. 10,000-Rs. 25,000 per month but the income can go up to a few lakhs, though such trainers are very few in number. The concept of ‘celebrity trainers’ (who give individual training to top models/film stars/business honchos/their family members) is gaining ground and these trainers may charge up to Rs. 75,000 per month from one client

DESIRED QUALITIES

  • A high level of personal fitness
  • A sound knowledge of the human anatomy and kinesiology (science of movement)
  • Willingness to improve throughout the career
  • Knack for communicating, as clients need precise instructions

HOW DO I GET THERE ?

Doing a certification course is not mandatory for finding work as a fitness trainer, but it is advisable to study the techniques in detail. As the market gets more crowded, a well-known certification course or a diploma programme in health and fitness boosts your chances of getting a job. After you career takes off, you should stay informed with the latest studies, journals and books. The reading never ends

RELATED WEBSITES

  • Symbiosis Centre for Health Care, Pune schcpune.org
  • The 80-hours Reebok instructor certification programme (call: 9810493313)
  • The Unversity of Alabama Continuing Studies offers certificate programme in personal fitness training

PROS AND CONS

  • You always stay fit and never have to crib about lifestyle ailments, as your job will keep you in shape
  • You get a platform to meet new people, and sometimes you get in touch with the high and mighty of society
  • Money is bad in the initial phase
  • It is a service industry. You cannot be rude to clients even if they treat you dismissively
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