Fitness today is not just a fad but it is a craze and necessity among the health conscious people. If you are into sports or love physical activity and exercise, then you can combine your passion for fitness with a career that lets you earn a decent income. For health and fitness freaks, we bring latest information about Career Opportunities in Fitness Industry.
Fitness has become much specialized field. Earlier if someone wanted to look fit and healthy he would workout at gym. But there is very demanding and discerning clientele today which is looking for trainers who can train them to do Yoga, Pilates, Kickboxing, Body Building, Cross Training or just mixed work out to help them get fit / stay in shape and move towards an ideal weight.
Career Opportunities in Fitness Industry
What is the Job Profile?
The fitness trainer has to train different people as per their individual needs. The ultimate goal is best possible physical fitness. This could be in terms of Weight Loss / Weight Gain / Strength Training / Body Building / Flexibility and generally helping clients get into shape and stay fit.
You can train an individual or conduct classes for group.
As a fitness instructor, your job will also include designing specific exercise regime for individuals keeping in mind their age, lifestyle, fitness levels and health parameters.
Besides helping them on their workout, you will also be required to give your clients basic advice on health and nutrition, including posture, change in lifestyle if required, etc.
Where to go for Learning and Certification
Traditionally the local gym itself used to make a person eligible to train others after getting couple of years of experience by working on his own body. But no more! Now you can go for courses from leading sports brands like Nike or Reebok for Aerobics Course Instructor Certification program.
In India, some of the organisations and bodies which courses in sports and athletics coaching are:
- The Sports Authority of India (SAI)
- SAI, Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports, Patiala
- SAI, NS Eastern Centre, Salt Lake City, Sector-III, Kolkata
- SAI, NS South Centre, University Campus, Bangalore
- Lakshmibai National College of Physical Education, Kariavattom PO, Trivandrum
- Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education, Shaktinagar, Mela Road, Gwalior
- HVPM, Amravati
- Indira Gandhi Institute of Physical Education & Sports Sciences (IGIPESS)
- The Growth for Fitness Instructors (GFFI) Fitness training Institute
- Symbiosis Department of Health Sciences, Senapati Bapat Road, Pune
- Gold’s Gym Fitness Institute, Mumbai
Also there are some foreign institutes which offer a combination of online and offline learning for their certification programs.
There are many options for pursuing professional courses in the areas of yoga, pilates, martial arts etc. You can opt for a certificate or diploma course in sports science / Yoga / Martial Arts / Self Defense / Naturopathy to become a fitness instructor.
Personal Qualities Required
A fitness trainer must have high motivation to stay healthy and fit and encourage others also to do the same. Not everyone has the same body and nature so they must also have the patience and ability to work with different types people. With polite yet firm attitude, he should be able to explain exercise techniques clearly.
A fitness trainer must also be aware of good safety practices to avoid chances of injury or damage to the body.
Since it involves a very close physical proximity, he should maintain a healthy work ethic and good personal hygiene.
Employment Opportunities for Qualified Fitness Trainers
After acquiring necessary qualifications and certification, there are many organisations which can employ you. In addition to the working in the gyms, there are employment possibilities with youth clubs, 5 star hotels having health clubs, health club and spa, tourist resorts, sports club, multinational companies having gym and health clubs, large educational Institutes such as schools and colleges, special fitness centres, martial art studios, etc.
In addition, you can become personal coach to rich and busy individuals who cannot come to the gym. Once you gather enough experience, confidence and money you can start your own fitness centre or gym.
There is a fourth type of opportunity also. You can become a trainer of the trainers. That means that the way you were trained in the fitness domain at the start of your career, now you can train the newcomers.
The general designations used in the corporate world or other than corporate organisations are Fitness Coach, Fitness Instructor, Trainer, Gym Trainer, Manager Fitness Center, Gym Instructor, Head Gym Operations, Fitness Manager, Sports Coach, etc.
The salary of a fitness trainer in a gym can start from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 15,000 a month. But as the experience and certifications increase, the income can go up to Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 50,000 a month. This also depends on the city and how big is the gym chain.
However, some trainers can earn few lakhs per month also. This happens when they become personal trainers and charge 1,000 to 2,000 per hour and more if they are celebrity trainers. But such trainers are very few in number
Similarly, the salary levels are higher if one takes up the job as the corporate trainer. Usually the corporate pay Rs. 2,50,000 to Rs. 3,50,000 pa.
In addition to fitness training and exercising at Gym, personal training at homes is getting popular. This suits the rich business persons, busy executives and celebrities who would not like to come to a public place. Also exclusive fitness coaching is being done for people in small groups.
In addition to weight training and workout exercises in the gym, now there are classes for Aerobics, Yoga, Power Yoga, Kick boxing, Pilates. The latest trend is CrossFit in gyms and parks and Indoor Rock Climbing. Personal Weightlifting for Body Building and aerobics are and will always be popular.
With international as well as national chains coming to India, the demand for trained instructors has increased. Film and Sports celebrities like M.S. Dhoni, Sunil Shetty etc. have also entered the fitness and sports activities business.
The profession is still in its nascent stage but professionalism and education will help the trainers to take up fitness training as a serious career option and earn name and fame too.
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