Working as a fitness instructor doesn’t mean you have to be giving hours of lessons every day. You’ll probably know that no matter how fit you are, you’re eventually going to burn out.
The point is that there’s only so much any one person can do, and you can’t possibly do it all.
There are salaried positions that give you ample room to vary your schedule, but for those of you who choose to go the self-employed route, charging clients by the hour, perhaps offering personal training, you’re going to wind up doing a lot of hours to boost your wage packet. Physically exhausting, and you’d probably end up switching careers.
One of the great aspects about this career is that it is extremely diverse. Starting out with your level 2 certificate in fitness instruction, lets you get started teaching your own students. As you progress in the fitness field, expanding your qualifications, you can move on and assist people with advice, rather than doing the exercising with your students. You do have to at times, as that’s needed for motivational purposes.
Students aren’t going to appreciate paying for a lesson from someone standing still, shouting instructions at them, like a drill sergeant.
You have to teach with empathy and you do that best through participation. When you qualify at level 3 in fitness instruction though, you can then move onto assist people manage their health issues better, without having to exercise consistently. This can see you working with pregnant mothers, advising on the best foods to eat. Maybe even work in a rehabilitation centre, working with people with mobility issues, perhaps after an accident and getting them back onto their feet.
There’s also higher degree level courses that can take you into working as a P.E teacher, helping young people stay fit.
If you’re someone with a passion for a particular sport, be it football or basketball, then you can further your training to qualify as a fitness coach. That can see you working with youths, helping them develop their skills to go pro in the sport you’re teaching. Even on the ice rink, clubs will need ice hockey coaches to take their teams to the top of their leagues.
Whatever sport you have a passion for, you can start as a fitness instructor and progress your career into one with a serious passion, to improve the quality of players in the sport you love the most.
What you don’t see much of is power lifters, teaching weight lifting techniques. That’s a skill in itself, as you’ll have people with different metabolic rates, who struggle to build muscle, and would happily hire a fitness instructor, with specialist knowledge to give them the training they need, and the nutritional advice on meal plans they’ll need to reach their personal fitness goals.
In any aspect of fitness, there’s a group of people with the same fitness goals. As examples, your roles could be…
1) To aid relaxation and strengthen posture, through yoga training
2) Helping people burn belly fat, using the services of a Pilates instructor,
3) Or assisting disabled people with mobility problems, through rehabilitation work.
There’s no need for you to stick to teaching fitness and nutrition classes in private health clubs, which often have low paying salaries. You can diversify your career in this profession, choosing one that will both match your fitness level, and the skills you have to pass onto others. For those who become a fitness instructor, it can be daunting when you feel so drained of energy that you struggle to keep up the pace, while motivating your students.
There are opportunities in all aspects of health and fitness for you to be in a job that you really feel a passion for, and enjoy doing. It’s what off sets the sometimes low paying salary by giving you a high degree of job satisfaction, by leading others into an improved lifestyle, and watching your clients/students flourish as they reach their fitness goals.