What Fitness Career Path Is Right For You

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Personal/Fitness Training Blog

If you are passionate about health and fitness, and want a fitness career, there are many different career paths that you can consider before embarking on your journey as a fitness professional. There are many different factors to consider before making your decision. This is because not every fitness profession will suit your personality and character. Some professions will require you to travel a lot, work outdoors, work with people on a daily basis, and have great communication skills. Others might require you to work from behind a desk or work alone. Your character and personality will determine what kind of fitness profession you will be great at and which you need to pass on. So, before you choose, here are a few professions and factors to consider.

Fitness Career Possibility #1: Personal Trainer

A personal trainer is someone who helps clients reach their personal health and fitness goals. Examples of these goals are:

  • Losing weight,
  • Picking up weight,
  • Getting stronger, faster and fitter,
  • Increasing muscle mass.

Personal trainers can also be seen as entrepreneurs or business owners. This is because most of them work for themselves and run very successful businesses and brands. Being a personal trainer gives you access to a lot of freedom and a luxury lifestyle if you are disciplined and hardworking. (Sign up for Trifocus Fitness Academy’s Entrepreneurship Course to learn the skills you need to run your own fitness businesss.)

Personal trainers need to be great at communication and working with people on a daily basis. They need to have a lot of passion for, and patience, getting their clients to reach their goals. They need to be able to motivate and inspire people to keep them disciplined. Being a business, having marketing skills is always a bonus as personal trainers need to market themselves and their business to get more clients.

Fitness Career Possiblity #2: Group Trainer or Instructor

A group trainer or instructor is someone who runs fitness classes for a group of people. Group fitness classes are great for people who do not want, or need, the personal attention and motivation that a personal trainer offers. Group trainers or instructors need to be able to work with and manage a big group of people. They need to very active, healthy, fit and energetic. Group trainers must have incredible motivating skills to keep the energy in the class high. (Check out Trifocus Fitness Academy’s Aerobics Instructor course for the best training you’ll get – ANYWHERE – as a group fitness instructor!)

Fitness Career Possiblity #3:Yoga/Pilates Teacher

A Yoga or Pilates instructor teaches people the practice of yoga and Pilates. Yoga and Pilates are mind-body exercises and therefore require someone who is meditative, calming, and patient. Yoga and Pilates instructors are required to have great communication skills and work with people on a regular basis. However, the pace at which they work is not as intense and fast as personal trainers and group instructors. (Trifocus Fitness Academy offers a great range of mind-body courses.)

Fitness Career Possiblity #4: Nutritionist

Nutritionists help people with their nutrition. They work out healthy eating plans to suit a person’s medical conditions, food allergies, likes and dislikes, and goals.  The difference betweeen a nutritionist and a dietitian, says dietitian Cynthia Sass, “… lies in the depth, scope, length, and type of formal education and training.”

Although nutritionist works with people when they do consultations, it is less fast paced and a bit more isolated than a personal trainer or group fitness instructor as nutritionists are able to work alone. (If you’re considering a career as a nutritionist, Trifocus Fitness Academy’s Specialised Nutrition Course is the way to go!)

Fitness Career Possiblity #5: Physical Therapist

Physical therapists work with patients to help them move better or more easily, treat injuries, reduce pain, restore function and ease the symptoms of disability. Physical therapists need to have great communication skills as they work with patients on a daily basis. However, they are usually office based and follow a tight schedule every day.

In addition to the above-mentioned professions, there are strength and conditioning coaches, exercise physiologists and sports psychologists, along with a variety of other occupations and options for those looking for career paths in the health and fitness industry.

Before you decide on the path that is right for you, it is imperative that you do proper research and get as much knowledge about the profession – which you’re thinking of going into – as you can. Spending a day with someone who is already qualified and practising in the career path you want to pursue is a great way to gauge if it’s the right move for you.

See what previous students have to say

Gusmari Maritz Q&A Testimonial

Trifocus Graduate Gusmari Maritz

Why did you choose Trifocus Fitness Academy for your college?

I was looking to further my studies in the fitness industry and Trifocus had such a wide variety of courses to choose from, good pricing and after enquiring the staff came back to me immediately.

What Course did you just complete?

I completed The Bootcamp course in 2014 and Aerobics course in 2017 (because you can’t get enough of a good thing)

What did you enjoy best about this course?

The Bootcamp course changed my life, I was a group fitness trainer already when I started the Bootcamp course, but it changed the way I train my clients, it was next level awesomeness. Later that year I did another Bootcamp course through another company and it was disappointing, it just couldn’t compare to Trifocus.

How did you like the online learning material what parts of the online experience did you enjoy the most? (if the question is applicable)

The Aerobics course i did correspondence, I can’t complain, if I had questions it was answered, great student support, feels like the student support team are ‘friends in need’

Would you recommend Trifocus to your colleagues and why?

Absolutely, over and over again. Fantastic accreditation levels, wide variety of courses to choose from, good support and payment options.

How has becoming qualified with Trifocus improved your Life Style and Wellness out look?

The courses I did gave me an advantage over of all other trainers, it took my small training group to a successful business, giving me the opportunity to recruit 9 new trainers who all chose Trifocus Fitness Academy (Because it’s the best)

Janco Kotze Q&A Testimonial

Janco Kotze Trifocus Graduate

Why did you choose Trifocus Fitness Academy for your college?

It states on the internet that Trifocus Fitness Academy is the leading Fitness Institution in South Africa and out of all the positive comments made my graduates,I could make a proper decision.

What Course did you just complete?

The Comprehensive Nutrition course.

What did you enjoy best about this course?

I enjoyed gaining knowledge of nutrition and the different types of nutritional programs to achieve certain goals.

How did you like the online learning material what parts of the online experience did you enjoy the most? (if the question is applicable)

I liked the online learning way alot,it gave me access anywhere to continue with my studies as well as I could continue with my studies anytime I want to,I don’t have to attend classes on a certain time,which made it a lot more easier.

Would you recommend Trifocus to your colleagues and why?

Yes I would,my experience with Trifocus Fitness Academy was great,the service,the learning material,study method and package were very good.

How has becoming qualified with Trifocus improved your Life Style and Wellness out look?

It taught me how to follow a healthy diet to achieve my goals as well as which nutritions are needed to do which function in the body.It also taught me about dangers of illegal substances such as Winstrol and Dinabol.I also learned a lot about sport supplementation like creatine and whey protein and the uses of it.

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