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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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