Love working out and are interested in taking the leap into making fitness your career? Here are a few things that are important to consider before you start your training….
Your own workouts will no longer be able to take priority
If you love starting your day with a workout, your routine may need an adjustment. Peak times for my personal training clients are pre and post work e.g. from 06:00-10:00am and then 05:00-9:00pm and of course, weekend mornings! I often have to workout at around 2:00pm…and it certainly isn’t always easy to get motivated post lunch and after a busy morning.
Keeping up your own fitness is important to becoming a successful PT but whilst you establish your client base your own preferred training times will likely need to adapt and your workouts may lack their previous structure.
Deciding where you will work
Local park? Rented space in a PT studio? Working from client’s houses? Each scenario has its drawbacks- outdoors environments are often subject to inclement weather which can cause session cancellations, rented PT space can take a large chunk of your income and travelling to client’s houses can take a considerable amount of time and can reduce the number of hours you are able to earn an income.
I personally chose to work from a PT only studio and found that continuity of training venue was enormously helpful whilst my client base established, as well as having all the equipment I needed.
Your income will take time to stabilise
If your clients are going to be paying for their training in session ‘blocks’ (generally standard practice) it is important to remember that clients payments may be for a few months’ worth of training with you and you will need to budget accordingly, which can be an adjustment if you are used to a monthly salary.
Income variability is very likely while you establish your business, and its important to determine how comfortable you are with potentially having a reduced income initially. This hopefully won’t last long, but it can take a tight budget for the first few months to ensure that no financial difficulties are faced.
Unlike what you may see across social media- sometimes going after your dream job can be a financial struggle at first.
A side hustle can be helpful (and fun!)
Most PT’s I know in London (myself included) have a side gig instructing classes in studios across London. Class instruction can be a great way of ensuring a regular monthly income, as well as providing you with a perfect opportunity for meeting potential new clients as your personality and training style can really shine through. It also can provide you with some amazing work “colleagues” as self-employed life can sometimes leave you craving a little company!
You will lose clients and income
If a client has a change in their life and/or must start making financial cutbacks often personal training is the first thing to go, no matter how much progress your client has made. It really is vital to be aware of building a pipeline of clients so that your income doesn’t suffer too badly- keep talking to people and even if your diary won’t allow you the time to work with them right now, stay in contact with them so that when a space opens they can slot right into it.
There is more to being PT than just delivering training sessions
As well as training your clients and helping them work towards their personal goals, it is VITAL to empower, motivate, educate, and encourage.
Remember too that you are running your own business and that you will need to set aside admin hours for invoicing, client programming etc.
Finally, connect with other industry professionals! Other PT’s and instructors are NOT your competition. I have learnt so much from other PT’s and find this an invaluable part of developing my own skills and my business- as well as meeting some great friends along the way.