pros and cons
“The pros,” says Armand, “are that, if you work for yourself, you are your own boss, the unlimited pay check, and it is quite versatile – you can work almost anywhere, in a gym or on a cruise liner.” An established gym will have set hours, but an in-house trainer has more freedom.
“The cons are that it’s hard work and long hours. Also, you need to spend money to continue learning and educating yourself. In some cases, the money is not great and you can get tired of people and their issues. You take on the negative energy from other people,” says Armand.
Required studies and experience
To become a fitness practitioner, you are required to complete a national certificate in fitness on an NQF Level 5. Most of the experience you gain will be in-house experience while studying. You need good health, a reasonable level of fitness, current participation in fitness, enthusiasm and passion to follow this career. Another prerequisite as a fitness practitioner is that you will need to understand the human body and how exercising will and can affect it.
The personality needed to be a fitness practitioner is an outgoing, people person, who enjoys exercise and has a passion for the fitness industry, and is a salesperson, teacher, counsellor and advisor. “Basically, an all-rounder,” says Armand.
An average day
An average day for Armand starts at 05:00. He then sees clients every hour, has a lunch break and continues seeing clients for the rest of the day. Armand also does group training, usually between 05:00 and 19:00.
The best thing about the job
“It’s not work, you are doing something you enjoy,” smiles Armand.
The worst thing about the job
“Getting up early, the late nights and the people can get to you,” shrugs Armand.
If you love staying fit and helping others, then this might be the job for you. Go visit a gym near you to find out more about this career and others that they have to offer.
Published By: Marli Merz & Matters