Personal training is a flexible job that allows for quick entry with a high school diploma and national certification. It can be quite a rewarding career, but just like any other occupation; it has its downsides.
If you’re interested in becoming a trainer, here are some pros and cons to consider.
Pros of Being a Personal Trainer
- Flexible Working Hours
Personal trainers usually work as independent contractors, either visiting their clients at home or at gyms. This gives you the opportunity to set appointment times that are most suitable for you.
However, keep in mind that you will be able to work only when your clients are available. This can mean working split shifts, before 8 a.m. and after 5 p.m. when your clients are out of their office jobs. Some clients may make lunch-break appointments and others may not work or work on evenings and weekends, which can help fill in your schedule.
If you decide to work at a gym, you’ll probably be required to be present during certain hours (anywhere between 5 a.m. and late into the evening or on the weekends).
Free Gym Membership
Contracting or working at a gym usually means free membership. Working out at the end of the day after finishing all appointments might seem crazy, but whenever you’re waiting for clients or need an extra workout, you’ll have easy and free access to the gym’s facilities.
You can even use this time to help people around you who are working out or answer their questions. Who knows, you might score a new client!
Sometimes your clients will only need a couple of sessions to ensure they’re performing the workouts correctly and maximize their results. But you will also have clients whose lives will transform thanks to your training expertise.
Achieving their long-term fitness or weight loss goals will give your clients a sense of accomplishment, and it can be very fulfilling to see your clients succeed.
Cons of Being a Personal Trainer
- Unsteady Income
Unless you’re employed at a gym, you won’t be on salary and, for that reason, your income will be unsteady. You’ll have to rely on your clients paying their bills regularly, which isn’t always a guarantee.
You will have high seasons (like in January when many people make a resolution to lose weight, or just before the summer begins when everyone starts thinking about their beach body) and low seasons (usually during the hot summer months when everyone is on vacation).
- Legal Matters
As a self-employed contractor, you will have to pay your own taxes. You may also need to carry your own liability insurance policy, depending on the setting in which you work and the contract terms.
- No Benefits or Support
As a non-employee, you won’t have benefits like a retirement plan or health insurance. You also won’t have sick time or vacation pay, which means that every time you don’t work, you don’t get paid. This also means that you won’t have anyone to cover for you when you’re sick, want to take a day off, or have an emergency at home. Consider solving this issue by networking with other personal trainers so they can take over your clients when you’re absent.
Personal training can be a great career choice for people with excellent social skills, those who enjoy helping others and who have a love of health and fitness. So, if you’re ready to work with different types of individuals and drop the regular 9 to 5 mindset, this could be the perfect job for you.