Friday, May 31, 2013

Personal Training Career Paths

Pursuing a career in the personal training arena requires certification or a college degree. Whether you’re now starting out in the fitness arena or you’re on the fence about what career path you should take, these personal training career options can help simplify your decision making process. Boot Camp Instructor As a boot camp instructor in the fitness industry, you’ll be required to supervise and guide students during an intense workout session.

Instead of working out in a gym, students will undergo a series of exercises in the outdoors. For you to carry out such training, you must be equipped with planning skills and possess a high level of alertness and creativity. With your planning skills and alertness, you’ll be able to improvise and create new ways of executing certain exercises if challenges were to emerge during your classes. Having such challenges would allow you to use your creativity for developing alternate workout routines that cater to the different performance levels of your students.

To become a boot camp instructor, you must gain instruction in one or more areas of fitness training. Once you’ve accomplished this feat, you can proceed with getting certification for CPR and first aid. From there, you can move onto acquiring your fitness training certification. Those who have already been certified can enroll in special courses to advance their training in the field. Fitness Instructor Help clients achieve their health and fitness goals as a fitness instructor. You’ll work one-on-one with your clients teaching classes such as weight-training, aerobics, or pilates. While a degree is not a requirement for becoming a fitness instructor, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that applicants with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science, physical education, and physical fitness were given preference over those who didn’t hold a degree. If you prefer to skip the degree requirements and work for yourself, there are many training programs that will equip you with the skills to venture into the field on your own. One way of doing so is through group exercise programs.

If you interested in providing aerobics training, you can enroll in an aerobics class. Once you’ve acquired the adequate amount of training, you can move into starting your own personal training sessions. If you’d like to provide yoga and Pilates training, you must complete specialized instructor training programs in both areas. Topics covered in the yoga instructor training program include yoga positions and yoga meditations, while the Pilates instructor training program feature modified Pilates and Pilates mat training. Both programs also provide exercise guidelines and tips for instructing students. Fitness Consultant If you’ve ever wanted to work with celebrities, pursuing a career as a fitness consultant may land you such an opportunity.

The main focus of a fitness consultant is in the areas of exercise technique and exercise science. Besides being able to perform what you know, you must be capable of teaching or designing special programs for people with diabetes or high blood pressure, pregnant women, or those recovering from injuries. One of the requirements for a fitness consultant at a gym is knowledge of the fitness equipment. As you advance through the ranks, you must acquire the relevant certification or a college degree in exercise physiology. You also have the option of getting certified and pursuing a college degree. About the author: James Miller is a personal trainer with over 10 years of experience in the field.

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