Turn Your Passion For Fitness Into a Lucrative Career - Become a Personal Trainer!

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Are you a gym rat? Do you workout all the time and consider yourself passionate about exercise? Have you ever thought about turning your obsession into a career? With all the down-sizing, layoffs and lack of jobs opportunities, now might be the right time to consider taking your career in another direction and its easier then you think.

Your first step towards becoming a personal trainer is to discover what courses you need to take because the options vary depending on where you live. For example, in Canada there are typically three courses you need before you can become a trainer. The first is a general fitness knowledge course which teaches you basic anatomy, physiology, exercise prescription, program design and nutrition. The next course is a weight training module which teaches you how to use equipment, instructional techniques, spotting and program design. The last step is the personal training course which expands on the first two courses and teaches what you need to know to be a personal trainer.

Each course is followed by a written exam and in some cases a practical evaluation. Again, the structure can vary depending on where you live. To find out more contact a local gym. They should be able to tell you how to become certified in your area.

There are a variety of options for courses. Some courses are offered online, through distance education, in-class or a combination of in-class and distance education. It's best to understand your learning style and which approach would best suit you before signing up.

Course length varies from a few weekends to semester long programs. It's a good idea to request a course curriculum before deciding which option suits your schedule. Costs can vary significantly from a few hundred dollars to thousands. This is usually dependent on the length of the course and the content. You will also have to obtain your first aid certificate to complete your registration.

You'll probably discover there are a lot of businesses that offer courses to become a certified personal trainer. With over fifty agencies in the United States alone, choosing a course can prove to be difficult. To help sort through all the choices try asking the following questions:

1) How long have they been in business?
2) How many students are in a class?
3) How much experience do the course conductors have?
4) Ask them to provide some references of past students.
5) What teaching methods are used during the course?
6) Where is the course held?
7) What additional support is in place should you need some additional help?

Now just might be the right time for you to be thinking about job retraining. Personal training is a great way supplement your income and you can choose when you wish train so it's also very flexible. The fitness industry is still growing so there's still plenty of opportunity for someone just entering the industry. Besides, you love to workout anyway so why not get paid for something you enjoy.

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Donna Hutchinson is the owner of On The Edge Fitness Educators, offering services to fitness professionals, helping them start and grow their own fitness businesses. She is the author of the How-to Guide to Starting Your Own Personal Training Business and the How-to Guide to Growing Your Own Personal Training Business. Donna has over seventeen years experience working in the fitness industry.

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This article was published on 2010/04/04