I have been asked many times over the years ‘why did you decide to become a personal trainer?’
To be honest my answer does vary from week to week as there wasn’t just one thing that inspired me to begin training to become a personal trainer. Rather than bore people with my life story I tend to just tell them the main reason, which is quite simply because I thought I would enjoy it and would be pretty good at it. Now if you are one of those poor few who didn’t get the short answer and had to listen to me drone on about how my journey began I do apologise. Although Im probably going to do a little of that again now!!!
The article is partly about why I became a qualified personal trainer but also why I think you should become a qualified personal trainer too.
How my journey began
Ok so just quickly let me tell you about the first time the idea came to me. I was 16 years old and sitting in the careers office at Cardinal Newman School, Hove, West Sussex, completing a questionnaire on the computer which resulted in career suggestions based on the answers I gave to all of the questions. There must have been over 100 questions but when I was finally finished it made just three suggestions:
- P.E teacher
- Join the army
- Fitness Instructor
I dismissed the first two pretty quick and I had no idea what a fitness instructor was.
“We didn’t have Google back then so I read the brief description which sounded pretty cool but I wasn’t a great deal wiser for it.”
I didn’t pursue it any further and ended up choosing a course in graphic design as I liked drawing. The course was actually cancelled at the last minute due to a low number of enrolments so I had to quickly choose something else. I chose health and social care because that’s what a few of my friends were doing. I didn’t enjoy it at all and wasted the best part of two years on it and still came out with no qualification. I then tried a city and guilds course at Northbrook College in motor vehicle repair and maintenance which was ok. I finished it with a distinction but felt I still hadn’t found my passion.
After finishing at Northbrook in the summer I wanted to earn some money so my mum suggested I hand my CV into lancing leisure centre to see if I could get some summer work there. They offered me some casual recreation assistant shifts almost immediately and I began working there full time for the summer. Even though there was a lot of cleaning involved I really enjoyed it. I loved the atmosphere of working in a sport centre and I got on really well with all of the staff.
This is also where I discovered the gym (by the way I am 18 at this point)!
I use to go into the gym in my lunch break to lift weights and very quickly started to see my body changing. I remember the buzz like it was yesterday. It felt great and I started to read up on everything I could to do with health and fitness. The more I read and trained the more interested I became until eventually I decided in September to do a diploma in health related fitness and exercise at Chichester college. I loved the course and I loved the industry and the rest is history as they say.
So why should you become a qualified personal trainer?
If you can answer YES to most of the following questions then I think you should become a personal trainer for the same reason I did, because I think you will enjoy it and I think you will be pretty good at it!
- Are you passionate about health and exercise?
- Have you felt the benefits yourself from engaging in regular exercise and living a healthy lifestyle?
- Do you get enjoyment out of helping others?
- Would you like a job where you are moving for most of your day instead of sitting still?
- Would you like a job that gives you the opportunity to work outdoors too?
- Would you like a job that gives you the opportunity to be your own boss?
- Would you like to control your own working hours?
- Would you like a job that challenges you without being stressed?
- Would you like a job that feels rewarding and gives a positive contribution to society
If you can answer YES to any of these, feel free to get in touch for a chat…
Finding a job you enjoy and feel passionate about is priceless. For most of us work takes up a large portion of our day so why not spend your day doing something you enjoy?