Want to turn your passion for fitness into a lucrative career? Each year, more than 5 million Americans use personal trainers to take their workouts to the next level—and this plain-English guide shows you how to get in on the action. Whether you want a part-time job at the gym or a full-time personal training business, you’ll find the practical, proven advice you need in this indispensable resource.
Becoming a Personal Trainer For Dummies is for you if you want to become a certified personal trainer and start your own business—or if you’re a certified trainer looking to improve upon your existing practice. You get a thorough overview of what it takes to get certified and run a successful business, complete with expert tips that help you:
- Find your training niche
- Study for and pass certification exams
- Attract, keep, and motivate clients
- Interview, hire, and manage employees
- Update your training skills
- Expand your services
This user-friendly guide offers unique coverage of personal trainer certification programs, including tips on selecting the right program and meeting the requirements. You’ll see how to develop your training identity as well as practice invaluable skills that will make you a great personal trainer. You also receive savvy guidance in:
- Choosing the best fitness equipment
- Creating a business plan, a record-keeping system, and a marketing campaign
- Performing fitness assessments
- Developing individualized exercise programs
- Advancing your clients to the next fitness level
- Managing legal issues and tax planning
- Offering additional services such as massage and nutrition consultation
- Training clients with special needs
Complete with ten great starter exercises and a valuable list of professional organizations and resources, Becoming a Personal Trainer For Dummies gives you the tools you need to get the most out of this fun, fabulous career!
About the Author
Melyssa St. Michael is a renowned fitness expert who appears on national news channels and has been interviewed for major publications. Linda Formichelli writes for Men's Fitness, Muscle Media, and other magazines.
Table of Contents
Part I: Shaping Up to Be a Personal Trainer.
Chapter 1: Personal Training 101: Do You Have What It Takes?
Chapter 2: Getting Certified.
Chapter 3: Practicing Your Art.
Chapter 4: Planning Your Start.
Part II: Being a Successful Personal Trainer.
Chapter 5: Creating Your Business Plan.
Chapter 6: Setting Up Shop.
Chapter 7: Developing Sound Business Practices.
Chapter 8: Flexing Your Marketing Muscles.
Chapter 9: Retaining Your Clientele.
Part III: Putting the Personal into Personal Training.
Chapter 10: Getting to Know You: Performing Initial Consultations.
Chapter 11: The First Session: Performing the Fitness Assessment.
Chapter 12: Before We Meet Again: Planning the Program.
Chapter 13: The Second Session: Taking Your Client through the First Workout.
Chapter 14: Teaching Your Beginning Client Beginning Exercises.
Chapter 15: Taking Your Client to the Next Level.
Part IV: Growing Your Personal Training Business.
Chapter 16: Preparing for Growth: Automating and Documenting Your Workflow.
Chapter 17: Hiring Additional Staff.
Chapter 18: Building Your Business Culture.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 19: Ten Great Ways to Expand Your Services.
Chapter 20: Ten Essential Pieces of Equipment.
Chapter 21: Ten Ways to Be the Best Personal Trainer You Can Be.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Just a totally complete book that deals with EVERY conceivable aspect of personal training, from making sure that personal training is your cup of tea, to choosing the right certification, to covering the business aspects, and even how to draw stick figures! Can't imagine a personal training book being too much more complete than this.
I have been a personal trainer for nearly two years and I thought I had a handle on everything. I was given this book as a gift and I was blown away with the comprehensive information that it provides. I learned the most from the True Stories sections as they provided extra tips and really expanded upon the knowledge contained in this book. I would highly recommend this book to anyone thinking about becoming a personal trainer and encourage current personal trainers to read it as well. I only wish I would have read this book a lot sooner.