How much does a personal fitness instructor make and what are the chances of hire?

Question by Ed: How much does a personal fitness instructor make and what are the chances of hire?
I’m thinking of becoming a personal fitness instructor. I myself have a trainer to help me get in shape. Since I won’t be meeting with my trainer for the time being. What are some good schools to get certify, how much do they make yearly, and what are the chances of getting hired?

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Answer by Dave H
are you looking to become a personal trainer or someone that teaches group fitness classes such as aerobics? if it’s the latter don’t expect to make much money at all but if you are wanting to become a personal trainer then i will say that the money can be very good depending on if you are.

if you are in the states a few organizations come to mind such as A.C.E which i think stands for American council on exercise. the I.S.S.A international sports sciences association and if you are up with me in canada Can fit pro is available with many others.

the most important thing you can do is go to as many gyms as you can just to ask them what organization they will accept a certification from but if you’re not a good trainer in the gym then it doesn’t matter where you got your course from. you simply have to know your stuff but most trainers fail because they themselves don’t know proper form when working out and i have seen it from every gym i have been to and i have been in lots of gyms over the past 23 years.

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  • December 26, 2013 at 8:54 am

    I’d say $ 25,000 to $ 50,000 ballpark.

    Less if you do it part time, more if you become the personal trainer to the stars and/or the rich and not so famous, and get your own studio, make your own videos, get on Oprah…

    Like an actor could make $ 200 walking in the background or 20 millions being Johnny Depp.

    Certification would depend where you are. It varies for each state (in the US), and for each countries. Some states, you learn CPR and how to use a defibrillator and take a two weeks class and you’re done. Others, you need years of college. Some organizations will let you pass the exam without even studying for it…if you believe that you have enough personal experience in fitness, so the educational program is sometimes not even mandatory.

    In the U.S, the five best personal fitness instructor certification programs are the American Council on Exercise (ACE), the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).

    Make sure you get the certification for where you live. One of my friends is a lawyer but she went to law school in New-York. Now, she cannot practice law, because she’s not living in New-York anymore. Another of my friend was a surgeon in Switzerland. Then she moved to Paris, France and could not even be a doctor there. She became THE paramedic who could surgically remove a body entangled in a wheel of a subway train (when people either kill themselves or got pushed).

    Personal training is a growing business, the more people are subjected to the fast food/processed food industry, while having jobs with no physical activity, and the more they need to get in better shape.

    The only problem is that personal training is a profession where it needs to be your vocation if you want to be any good.

    Like doctors…do you do it because of the money or because you want to save lives…those are two different doctors. The first one, not very good, s/he sees a problem, s/he just refers you to a specialist. That one will play golf on Fridays and have a trophy wife/husband and a big house; the second one, the good dedicated, efficient one, will work at the free clinic or go to foreign devastated countries around the world.

    So, whatever the certification, you have good personal trainers and bad ones. Good ones motivate you and you get results in an enjoyable way, bad ones gives you pain, shame, make you feel inadequate and you don’t get good satisfying results.

    A bad one could injure his/her clients so sometimes clubs are reluctant to hire anybody because they would get the end of any lawsuits. It’s like I can’t even get a massage anywhere because clubs, fitness centers and even medical facilities got rid of them…what if a client sues because the massage therapist did an improper gesture or just because the client did not feel better or s/he experienced any pain??? Or what if a client is not happy because the massage therapist DID NOT do an improper gesture (hello, guys?).

    Personal fitness training is like massages…you’re one on one and it’s a personal, close, intimate relationship based on trust. With massages, you have to allow a complete stranger to touch your body, while you close your eyes, listen to soothing music and let go of all your stress and tension.
    There is no witness nurse to make sure everything is good and nobody is suing anybody, unlike those witness nurses who are always in the room when you get a pelvic exam (if you’re a woman). I’m French and there is no “witness nurse” there and I can tell you that they are needed. A man gynecologist with magic fingers could take advantage of you and you cannot even sue the bastard because it felt so good.

    How come you “won’t be meeting with your personal trainer for the time being”??? I’m hoping s/he’s on vacation and it’s not about money or fear of lawsuits or s/he’s no longer in the club/medical center.

    I guess being a fitness instructor is like being a hairdresser or a French (or any language) teacher. You would pay $ 10 for a haircut by a hairdresser working for some company, but if the hairdresser is an artist, you’ll be willing to pay $ 100 to go to her/his house or s/he comes to your house and you get the best haircut (it’s still nowhere near $ 1,000 haircut on rodeo drive).

    Most of it is “word of mouth”. If you get the best haircut, everybody will want to know about your hairdresser.

    If you get the best body, everybody will want to know about your personal trainer.

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