Those who enjoy working with people, have solid communications skills and are passionate about fitness can marry the three by embarking on a rewarding career in personal training, a career path that has shown steady growth. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of fitness trainers and instructors is projected to grow 13% from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations.
Personal Training Equals Safe and Effective Exercise
What does a personal trainer do exactly? “A personal trainer is responsible for the assessment, development and implementation of purposeful, intentional, sustainable and goal-directed exercise,” says Vincent Carvelli, B.S., R.T.S., C.P.T., President-Director of Education at the Academy of Applied Personal Training Education (AAPTE), a nationally recognized organization. “Their responsibility is to have a comprehensive understanding of an individual’s musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiovascular and metabolic health.”
To obtain that understanding, AAPTE offers a wide-ranging Personal Trainer-Exercise and Fitness Specialist program in conjunction with Hofstra’s Continuing Education, combining theoretical science and hands-on practical skills. In six weeks, students learn anatomy, pre-exercise screening, health assessments, spotting, nutrition and exercise program planning and progression methods, medical terminology and conditions, and resistance training exercise biomechanics. These are taught by subject matter experts.
The program is aimed at preparing participants for the AAPTE Certified Personal Trainer – Exercise Fitness Specialist (CPT-EFS) exam, the industry standard. The AAPTE Certification gives personal trainers a highly competitive edge, with graduates of the program in high demand at fitness centers such as Equinox, BLINK, LA Fitness and New York Sports Clubs.
Multiple Career Opportunities
There are also ample opportunities for personal trainers to obtain employment in recreation centers, cruise ships, resorts, schools, physical therapy facilities, country clubs, hospitals and corporate fitness centers.
Still, one of the more appealing aspects of this field is being your own boss. As a self-employed personal trainer, you can set your own schedule and work within your desired geographical area. You can also set your own rates. Newsday cites that sessions typically last between 45-60 minutes and can range from $40 to $100 per session.
According to Salary.com: “the average Personal Trainer salary in New York is $65,074 as of October 30, 2019, but the range typically falls between $46,968 and $79,948. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on the city and many other important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession.”
Aside from the income potential, “this career path is truly fulfilling. Helping people to safely and effectively improve their health and performance is very rewarding,” says Carvelli. “Each client has very individual needs, abilities and goals, so there’s never an occasion to be bored.”
Looking to turn your passion for fitness into a career? Join us at an upcoming Personal Trainer Information Session to meet the Personal Trainer Program Directors and learn about this unique program that incorporates theoretical learning combined with hands-on training.