There are some huge gains to be made from training, but not all of them are physical. By taking your training seriously and achieving your fitness goals, you gain a huge number of skills, ambition, and the drive needed to succeed.
These skills can be transferred to many different areas of your life, including your personal finances. Your training experience can be utilized to train and instruct others, and help them achieve their own fitness goals.
This is a skill that is in high demand and can be incredibly profitable, especially if you can grow your client base. The best part of turning your training into an income is that, like going on a run, you can do it at your own pace.
What starts as a side hustle can soon grow into a small business that can free you from the shackles of the nine-to-five rat race, and give you financial freedom and independence while continuing your own fitness journey.
Get a Recognized Qualification
Without the right accreditation, you will struggle to turn your training expertise into a career. Think about it from a consumer’s perspective, would you invest your time and money in an amateur or a professional?
Having a recognizable qualification as a personal trainer will legitimize you in the industry. Do not make the mistake of thinking you already know everything you need to know and you will be wasting your time, there is still plenty to learn about fitness and more importantly training others.
Not only will a qualification give you legitimacy, but it will also give you the confidence needed to host a class or work with clients one-on-one. The Fitness Group offers online personal trainer courses in the UK that give people the knowledge, skills, and confidence to help other people achieve their fitness goals.
There is far more to being a successful personal trainer than counting reps with people. They rely on you for inspiration and motivation, and these are just two of the challenges that you may not have faced during your own fitness journey.
Build An Online Profile
Whatever your professional goals are, such as working on your own as a self-employed trainer or working in an established fitness venue like a gym, you should have an online profile. This will help you engage with potential clients and keep in touch with an existing client base once you build one.
Most importantly, it will act as marketing for your services. The opportunities for self-promotion on social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram are huge, and should not be overlooked.
They are perfect for small-scale, local businesses as they use geo-location data and profile information to promote businesses. This means that your profile, posts, and videos will reach the smartphone screens of people in your area, especially ones that are already following physical fitness topics and accounts. This makes social media apps incredibly useful tools for building your client base and becoming well-known in your area as a fitness expert.
Make sure your posts are not overly self-promotional, however. Marketing your rates and availability should be done sparingly. Instead, share information, tips, and tricks. This will lead to organic inquiries. Pushy, overt social media marketing does not go down well with users even though they are happy to part with their cash for your services. They want to join a community, not a business.
Keep Improving Your Fitness
You are a walking billboard for your fitness. People will expect you to set an example that they can follow, so you need to ensure you maintain your fitness as well as motivation if you are planning on becoming a professional personal trainer.
Professional physical fitness training requires inspiration on the trainer’s part. Your fitness levels will inspire clients to try harder, and do more to push themselves toward their fitness goals. People are less likely to engage with a personal trainer who does not practice what they preach. Lead by example and your clients will follow.
Having your own continuing fitness goals can be inspiring to your clients. It shows that you have fitness ambitions that you are still striving for. This levels the playing field psychologically for them. It demonstrates that you are both on a similar journey, even if your destinations are a little different.
Inspiration is the best form of management, you will need to manage your client’s development and their path to their fitness goals. Use your fitness as an inspiration and you will be a successful fitness trainer and instructor.
Network To Get Work
Turning your training into an income means becoming a brand and a business. The secret to success in any business endeavor is you have to network to get work. In the fitness world, this is even more important. You are your business, you are your brand.
To get the word out, advertise, yourself, and gain new clients you will need to make friends and contacts at every level of the industry. Making connections online and in the physical world will benefit you, your business, and your brand and help you build up your client base and your reputation quickly.
Word of mouth will always be the most powerful marketing tool, and by networking you give people the opportunity to get to know you and your skills and appreciate your ambition and drive. Use online tools like LinkedIn to make connections and make yourself known at local gyms, recreation centers, and fitness venues.
Offer free guidance, tips, and advice so that people will acknowledge your skills and recognize you as a qualified and competent personal trainer. The more people you meet, and the more they know about your expertise, the more clients you will gain.
Turning your training into an income is within your reach. Your ambition and drive have helped you to get physically fit, so why not use them to get financially fit too? Leverage your skills and fitness levels to create a small business and put yourself on the road to financial freedom while following your passion.