The fitness industry in the UK continues to go from strength to strength.
With private health clubs and council facilities boasting over 8m members, not to mention the mega-rich clothing manufacturers and sports supplement providers, it’s little wonder this thriving industry has a market value of £4.3bn …
… and it’s an industry that keeps on giving.
Indeed, considering the thirst for fitness in this country, the demand for qualified individuals to help novice gym-goers sculpt their bodies is rising, with personal trainers and gym instructors often the first port of call for nervous first timers.
That’s where you come in.
However, whilst you know your barbell from your dumbbell and the leg press from the leg extension, your passion for fitness and teaching others has never been validated with a qualification from a verified fitness training company.
So if you want to become a gym instructor, here are the steps you must follow …
1. Live the Life
Whilst you have an unrivalled lust for working out, shaping a career in the gym can be a different story. As you might expect, becoming a successful gym instructor involves much more than flexing your muscles and talking a good game.
Consequently, you must be prepared to put in the hours – physically, mentally and academically – and decide whether this is the career for you. Once you’re sure, it’s time to take the next step to a rewarding future.
2. Find a Training Provider
In order to become the best gym instructor you can be, it’s vital to choose a training provider that offers you a qualification that’s worth more than the paper it’s printed on. This means doing your research and finding a provider that offers a high level of training.
Additionally, make sure your provider is recognised within the fitness industry, and certify that a known professional body (such as City & Guilds) accredits their courses. This way you can be confident you’re receiving the best possible training.
3. Choose Your Course
You’d be forgiven for thinking that all gym instructor courses are more or less the same – but they’re not. In fact, it’s important to do your research and find the course that dovetails with your aspirations and what you want to get out of the fitness industry.
Regardless of the course you choose, you’ll learn through a combination of online classes and practical activities, which is ideal when you want to fit your studies around your existing role and other personal commitments.
Whatever way you slice it, becoming a fully-fledged gym instructor requires heart, dedication and the ability to put what you’ve learnt into practice – for the benefit of your customers and the advancement of your career.