I have worked in the fitness industry since 2005. I have seen lots of people come and go. On the first day of my fitness instructor course and every subsequent course since then, the very first thing the teacher said was that in six months only two people out of the twenty to thirsty people would still be in the industry. One of the reasons for this is people thinking that as soon as they start working in the industry they will be over-run with personal training clients or teaching every single fitness class. They fail to realise that it takes time for customers to get to know you, it takes time to develop your own skills and develop as an instructor. In essence, they had failed to set SMART goals for their career.
In 2005 when I first started working in the industry I was confident enough in my abilities that some of the customers couldn’t tell I had recently qualified. I was already use to writing programmes for myself. It was also a small gym with limited equipment which made it less daunting.
I put my success and longevity in the fitness industry to two things:
1. My passion for the industry. I love what I do. For as long as I can remember I have always wanted to work in the fitness industry. In a society which is becoming more self- centred I get the most professional satisfaction in helping people achieve their goals and grow as a person. When people see that you have passion for what you are doing they are more likely to want to seek you out for help.
2. I am constantly learning. I believe that there is no such thing as an expert. The second you think you know everything about a subject is the second you should retire. I spend up to twenty hours a week in my own time researching and testing new exercise and nutrition concepts. I have a handful of strength and conditioning coaches that I watch online and lots of books on exercise and nutrition that I am constantly reading. Most importantly I learn from each customer and fitness instructor that I work with.