Giving personal training is a great job for anyone who is physically active and enjoys working with people. Personal trainers can work in gyms, hotels, or even at home as independent contractors. Working as a personal trainer offers you the opportunity to make money while also helping others. However, it’s not an easy job. You will have to invest time and money into getting your certification, marketing yourself, and creating a website to get clients. It’s not a job that will pay you immediately but it’s worth the time and effort eventually.
I have been in the fitness industry since 1994.
A lot has changed during that time.
There have been funny pieces of exercise equipment that have come and gone, plus strange exercise fads.
With the new decade of the millennium, there will be more change and growth in fitness.
That leads me to my 6th prediction for 2011.
Decline of One-on-One Personal Training
We are going to see a decline in personal training.
Many people have tried personal training and have not gotten the results they wanted or expected from personal training.
For many, the cost of one-on-one personal training is way out of their budget.
People will still want personalized service that provides results, but they will get this from being in a group setting.
Customers will start seeing the benefits of the group.
Clients will quickly see that exercising with others. Exercise is more fun; it makes exercising easier, makes you more accountable, and leads to better results.
The type of group training that will grow in 2011 is boot camps.
Bootcamps are Giving Personal Training the Boot
In 2011, we will see boot camps overshadow one-on-one personal training.
The concept of boot camps is familiar to those in the fitness industry, but the public doesn’t fully understand what it is, how it works, and how it can benefit them.
Getting the word out about boot camps, piquing people’s interest in them, and having them give them a try, will be a big trend in 2011.
Already many fitness professionals have successful boot camps. Still, there will be more opportunities as people get interested in the idea and begin looking for centers close to them.
It’s common for fitness professionals to try to go out on their own and fail. Those who succeed, however, follow a system and surround themselves with other successful boot camp owners. You can see a group of successful individuals in the video above.
What About the Exercise Rehabilitation World?
We will see an increase in group training as well.
Group training has been commonplace in physical therapy clinics and rehabilitation centers.
Exercise and rehabilitation clients have been treated by the same trainers for years in cardiac rehabilitation.
Rick Kaselj, MS