Healthy Options With A Personal Trainer Career...
Health and Fitness training courses cover a massive range of disciplines. But don't spend too much money and effort restricting yourself to one narrow sector before checking out what kind of customer base you could attract. Even so, the health and fitness market is very buoyant all over the UK. So if your passion is to build a career in this industry, with the right skill-set, knowledge and certifications you could do very well.
What's In A Course?
The first thing to stress when looking at getting your own training sorted is that not all colleges and training companies provide like for like courses. Regard your exploratory searching of different training providers as your first piece of coursework! Do not be content with one local offering - you'll save time in the long-run if you research lots of sites, and have a much better perspective on the direction to take. By refreshing this page you'll come across a changing range of fitness and health trainers - use them as a guide to what's on offer.
Let's look a little more closely at the kind of things you could learn about to work in the health and fitness industry. Instructors in the health and fitness game come at it from many different angles, depending on their background training. It's not just about helping a client to build up their strength - naturally that will come into it, particularly for personal coaches and those training in the gym. But there's much more than that to work on.
Seek out training that offers you a good scientific basis. You can learn about anatomy, physiology, psychology, biomechanics and kinesiology. Plus there's weight and nutritional advice, along with attitude and motivation. Along with optimal cardio workouts, weights and equipment. Consider also health and safety, computer user skills and client appraisals.
Oh, and if you're thinking of setting up your own business you'll probably need some coaching on business plans and admin, sales and marketing, finance, communication, legal requirements and client contracts. Good Grief!!!
The good news is you don't need to know about everything to get started, and if you choose what you're most interested in, you may be able to consult in that alone if you learn enough about it.
What do you think of weight and nutritional advice? Learn about the role nutrition plays in our diet, and which foods contain the most nutrients that contribute to good health. Find out about the workings of the digestive system. Progress to weight management, where you'll cover lifestyle, life stages, calorific values etc. Other aspects of nutrition and weight management are balanced diets, healthy eating, sports nutrition and burning up calories.
How about becoming a personal trainer? There's a great demand in some areas for one-to-one exercise coaching. Seek out training that deals with physiology - in other words a science-based in-depth study of the structure of the body so with each client you can work out exactly what you're dealing with.
You might already attend your local gym several times a week, and have a hankering to become a professional gym instructor. Look for practical courses that will give you a deep understanding of your professional requirements. Whenever anyone joins a gym, they need to be assessed. Your training must cover a lot of detail on client analysis and how to build a bespoke routine for each person. Furthermore, when you've completed your course you should be proficient in guidance and communication, gym equipment plus cardiovascular and resistance training.
Bonus Subjects To Consider...
To broaden your skill-set, you might also consider bolting on an additional subject such as injury prevention and treatments. If you can see yourself working in this field, you might consider getting into rehabilitation and qualify as a Yoga Instructor or a Reiki Practitioner for example.
What about bolting on physical fitness assessments to your main role? After all, most of us prefer prevention to cure! In other words, learn how to carry out a range of different tests to measure how fit a person is. You might incorporate checks for flexibility, posture, muscle strength, endurance and blood pressure for example.
They Win and You Win!
If you join any category of the professional health and fitness market (whether it's one we've mentioned here or not,) you'll be joining a growing band of upbeat, positive forward-thinking people whose job it is to help others get more out of their lives. Where could you find a more satisfying challenge than in a job that shapes the lives of everyday people so positively?
The great thing is, whenever we help others to benefit physically and mentally, we help ourselves in equal proportions too. Do your research now - finding the right courses and training career could literally change your life!