The knowledge and practical skills gained from a whole host of fitness qualifications could equal game, set and match when it comes to igniting your fitness career.
Your fitness instructor course will equip you with a sound knowledge of fitness. You’ll explore the science of human anatomy and have a detailed understanding of how gyms work and of course a sound background in understanding the different exercises, what they are and when to use them.
But perhaps more importantly than this is the insight and understanding you’ll gain about people. What makes them tick? Why do they use the gym? How can you help motivate them? How can you build effective rapport that keeps them engaged with and coming back to the gym for more?
Why people skills are so vital
The fitness industry is a people focused business. You can have the best technical knowledge of the human body and its function and the most advanced repertoire of exercises but without the skills to communicate and engage it’s going to be pretty tough to support gym members to commit and achieve the change and results they are aiming for.
1 – Become a fitness instructor
Work in a gym based setting where you’ll be assisting members on a day to day basis as a key member of the gym team whilst ensuring the gym is a safe place to be.
2 – Start a career in fitness centre management
If fitness management is where you want to be, your fitness qualification makes you attractive to employers seeking many support roles such as reception, sales and marketing and customer support, as well as specific management training programmes. With the door firmly open and your initial career move secured you have the perfect stepping stone to climb the ladder and achieve that management career of your dreams.
3 – Become a personal trainer
Work one to one with a wide range of clients seeking specialised support with their fitness goals. Typically this includes; weight loss, muscle sculpting, improved stamina, improved flexibility and body shape definition.
4 – Teach exercise to music
If classes are more your thing a level 2 fitness qualification is the perfect spring board to go on and learn to teach a range of studio classes. Great examples include; yoga, Zumba, cross fit, spinning and boot camps.
5 – Advance into sports therapy
If you aspire to a rehabilitative role then use your initial level 2 and level 3 qualifications and work experience as a means to advance to more specialised study. For example, physiotherapy, osteopathy and holistic therapies such as acupuncture, reflexology and deep tissue massage.
6 – Become a teacher or lecturer
As the fitness sector continues to expand more and more teaching related roles are opening up.
The most popular career options for those starting out are personal trainer, gym instructor and leisure centre support roles that lead on to management, however the fitness sector is huge so wherever your passion lies there’s plenty of other opportunities to suit, including sports hospitality, sports psychology and sports orientated youth work.
The Academy of Fitness Professionals provide the gold standard in accredited personal training courses. With state of the art training fully endorsed by REPs, Skills Active and the NCFE and specialist knowledge that features in the UK health and fitness media including the Mirror, BBC2 and Women’s Running, this really is the ultimate learning destination for those serious about a long term career as a Personal Trainer.
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