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Break into the Fitness Industry and Find the Right Job

Break into the Fitness Industry and Find the Right Job

The health and fitness industry is booming in the last 5 years close to 2.4% annually. It’s no wonder that more people are trying to get involved in the industry by selling products, opening gyms, or doing personal coaching. The number of people enrolled in fitness programs in college, has grown a lot, too, over the years. It can be hard to make money in this industry because people are always looking for the best coaching, products, and equipment so you must be one of the best in the industry. This doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to be a major player in health and fitness, but it is important to know what’s required so that you have a good start.

A few of my clients are personal trainers whom I met because they needed help marketing their brand. I learned a lot from their experiences and how they started in the field. Here’s some of the advice they provided.

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Passion and Fuel

My clients told me that health and fitness needs to be your passion, but that’s not all because you must have fuel (hunger and motivation) to push you through the tough days. Passion is good enough to get you involved and moving in the right direction. However, this industry is tough so you need something to keep pushing you forward when all else fails. You’ll spend long hours training, learning, and building your brand with all of this taking a toll on your mind, body, and emotions. You have to start with a passion but need “fuel” which drives you to keep pushing forward. That level of motivation can be achieved if you want to be the best and want to change the world.

It also helps to have a deeper meaning as to why you’re in this industry. For example, someone close to you got sick, your parents wanted you in this industry, etc.

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Consistency and Education

To break into the industry you must have vast knowledge on equipment, fitness programs, nutrition, and supplements. The best way to gain this knowledge is by moving up slowing while simultaneously educating yourself. As you start to work with people and learn about fitness, you’ll educate yourself on the different types of workouts, supplements, and nutrition plans which work better for some than for others. This knowledge is what differentiates you from others in the industry.

Start by working at a gym and teaming up with a mentor so that you can move up at a steady pace. Always work with someone who is better than you are to educate yourself at the same time.

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Certification

Let me ask you a question. When you walk into a doctor’s office, what is the first thing you look for? If you answered “certifications” or “degrees”, then you and I have the same mentality. I always look for qualifications because it’s reassuring to know that the person can get the job done right. Therefore, having certifications within your industry will help you find clients because they’ll know you have the knowledge, experience, and expertise to help them achieve their goals. This doesn’t mean that you can’t enter the industry without them, but I would suggest working on becoming qualified as much as possible while gaining experience within a fitness facility. Here are some certifications you should acquire:

  • Fitness certifications
  • Nutrition certifications
  • Personal trainer certifications
  • Specialty credentials

Check out American Fitness to find out what’s available.

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Start a Website or Portfolio

The internet has changed the way we apply to jobs and showcase our qualifications. Many of us now have online resumes with the domain registered under our names. For example, www.johndoe.com will lead to your personal website with all your qualifications, clients, quotes, expertise, etc. If you are serious about getting involved in fitness, have a professional set up a website for you showcasing your skills. Get some business cards with your website URL so they can browse to find what they need. Remember, these days everyone has smartphones so they can access your website almost immediately.

Don’t Limit Opportunities

With the right qualifications, you shouldn’t limit yourself to just one location or type of job. Did you know fitness experts make money from coaching, consulting, nutrition, custom products, and even private lessons abroad? For example, Bali weight loss is a website that hires yoga instructors, nutrition coaches, and fitness gurus from all over the world. That’s not all. If you do a quick search in Google, you’ll find a handful of websites abroad looking to hire experts from the United States. The point is that you should not limit yourself to one location and should consider gaining experience somewhere else. With extra experience you’ll have an easier time finding clients closer to home.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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