Fitness is not only a ton of fun once you’re truly into it, it’s also a way of pushing yourself into being your best self – mostly in terms of your body and mind health. If you want to be in the business of helping and inspiring people to do the same, the fitness industry is a great place to be.
Here are some tips for finding a job in the fitness industry:
Becoming a certified personal trainer is a step in the right direction and a sure way to make you more confident in your job search. There are a lot of organizations that can certify you, such as the Premier Global in the UK. Look into the websites of gyms in your area to find which organizations they recommend to go through and talk with the people already in the industry to learn from their experiences.
Similarly to most other industries, relationships matter. Start out by reflecting on the connections you have at your current gym or favorite workout spot. Connecting with managers, owners and other gym-goers can often open up opportunities available locally, which could be significantly easier as you in a way already have your foot in the door.
In the modern age, it is almost equally as crucial to network in the online world as it is in the real one. In addition to creating a profile for Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn, it is also important to be active on job-search sites. These job search sites would be a better option for those trying to become staff members of a particular gym in a particular city, as opposed to landing local, personal trainer jobs – in which case, the best option would almost certainly be to start a blog.
To get back to the job search sites, you could use one to simply input your desired city – which in this case could be any UK city, although it might be a good idea to look into jobs in the healthier cities like Plymouth or Derby (according to a study by mirror.co.uk two of 10 UK’s healthiest cities) – and thoroughly go through the list of all job openings for that position.
If you are passionate about a specific class or activity, having a specialization is certainly worth it. It takes some extra money, time and energy but getting to do what you love pays off. Plus, you would be a step ahead when it comes to your job hunt. Looking for a job as a Pilates or yoga instructor may, on one hand, narrow down your options and facilitate your job hunt, but on the other also increase your chances for being “happy at work” once you’ve already landed it.
4. Practice, practice, practice
To land a job in the fitness industry, knowing how to walk the walk and talk the talk will get you a lot farther than you may think. Having the certifications and specialization will certainly help, but your practice will always improve the more you work on it. Plus, the more you use the language, the more comfortable you will be with it once you find yourself in the interview!
Take these tools to aid you in your job search and make your interest and passion for fitness known. You never know who could be your future client!