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Pros and Cons of Becoming a Personal Trainer



Personal training really has its ups and downs—pushups, pull-ups, dumbbells, Stairmasters, and even moods of clients.

But these ups and downs, along with more highs and lows unique to personal trainers, can make this one of the more difficult yet more rewarding careers available. We’ll go through some of the major pros and cons of personal training to help you decide if this career path is right for you.

First, we’ll start with the cons.

 Cons, Problems, and Disadvantages

 If you want to become a health coach, you’ll have to be comfortable working intimately with people. For some, working closely with other people is a big turn-off.

  • Difficult Clientele
    • Some people are directed by their doctors to lose weight or get fit, and for that reason, they can be spiteful and difficult to work with.
    • Clients can skip out on sessions, wasting your time.
    • Finding long-term clients can be tough.
  • Low Starting Salary
    • Until you gather more experience and certifications, you may not be able to warrant a high salary among well-paying individuals.

Of course, your individual experiences can vary depending on the area in which you work and the type of training you do. If you lead pool-based courses for senior citizens, you’ll have a few more things to add to this list than if you work with NFL players on a daily basis.

Pros, Benefits, and Advantages

 For many, being a certified personal trainer offers many, many more benefits than disadvantages. And since it’s the kind of career that you can make into anything you want, your experiences will be slightly different than the next guy. But hey, that can be an advantage too.

  •  Work Environment
    • If you’re athletically inclined, there’s nothing better than going to work each more in the gym or the track.
    • Many of your clients may prefer to work on their fitness in their own homes, and in that case, you get to travel and be in a new place each day.
  • Easy Clientele
    • Though some of your clients can get nasty, the mere fact that they’re working out and getting their endorphins moving can also put them in a good mood. And pleasant people are pleasant to work with.
  • Ancillary Benefits
    • Though you aren’t the one directly working out (unless your client wants a challenge on the track or the stationary bike), you are still reaping the benefits of being active and eating well.

Understanding the day-to-day operations of a personal trainer in the specific field you plan to join can help you make your decision. Talk to current trainers about what NCCA certifications you may need to get started.