Industry reports indicate that the UK fitness industry is on the up. In 2017, there were over 6 700 fitness centres in the UK – up from around 6 400 in 2016), serving over 9 million members. This isn’t surprising. The private sector has realised that prioritising employee wellness is an important factor in employee retention, and is fuelling the growth of employee benefit schemes that include fitness facility memberships.
Plus, our society is more health-aware than ever, and many of us take proactive steps to slow the effects of aging, prevent illness and promote our own longevity. We’re also more body-conscious than ever (thanks to the celebs who share their gym routines and pictures of their abs on social media!).
All of this means a career in the fitness industry is now dynamic, fulfilling and fruitful – if you’ve got what it takes to make it.
The big question is, how do you make it?
Career in the Fitness Industry
YOU’VE GOT TO HAVE PASSION (LOTS OF IT!)
You won’t get far in the fitness industry without a true passion for fitness and wellness. When we chat to gyms and fitness centres about the qualities that make personal trainers most employable, they usually tell us that passion and enthusiasm are essential. It makes sense: A personal trainer whose passion motivates clients, is a very valuable employee!
Consider, too, that if you’re not passionate about fitness (ahem, early morning training sessions, the long days at the gym, hours of professional development), you won’t succeed.
If you live for the thrill of a good workout, or the thrill of coaching someone else through a good workout and closer to their fitness goals, then you’ll make an exceptional personal trainer!