Career opportunities in Fitness Instructor

Written By: / Career Guidance and Education / Wednesday, 17 March 2021 17:37

A strong mind resides in a healthy body. This saying had never been more significant. The fast pace of modern lifestyle has led to an unimaginable amount of physical and psychological stress on human body and mind. Consequently, demand for trained fitness instructors has increased manifold.
Modern work environment has led to a sedentary life style with little scope for physical exercise. This has resulted in a large section of the society, especially in urban areas, falling prey to deadly maladies such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, hypertension, and so on.
No magic pill is available that will help you and me escape this unpleasant situation. The only way out is to keep ourselves fit by adopting a suitable fitness regime. 
Fitness has emerged both as a lucrative business opportunity and a sustainable career option.  It is not just the celebrities and the rich who want to stay fit but the fitness bug has stung a large chunk of professional urbanites.
And what’s exciting is that modern day health clubs are not merely sweat shops where fitness enthusiasts pumped iron or bench pressed away their worries. Those were the days when ‘bodybuilding’ was in vogue. Now-a-days the concept of fitness has seen a revolutionary change.
Physical fitness is not just about staying healthy, it is also about looking good and leading an active life. The task of achieving a healthy body seems simple enough, yet it is not so. One has to follow a regular and a strict fitness regime to achieve this objective. At the same time, it is imperative to seek expert advice of a fitness instructor in this regard.
The role of a fitness instructor is a multifaceted one. The first and foremost responsibility is to guide trainees to get into shape. Other than gym routines, fitness trainers also have to provide guidance regarding posture, dietary intake, food supplements, latest fitness techniques, and so on. Furthermore, they have to cater to the special needs and requirements of their clients.
Jobs openings are aplenty these days once you have completed your training in this field. Nevertheless, a good qualification is not the end of the road. Rather, you must continue to update and upgrade yourself all the time to keep abreast with the latest developments in the fitness industry. It is strongly advisable to constantly keep in touch with the latest research in this area, state-of-the-art training equipment, nutrition related studies, and so on.
Start off as a junior instructor or a trainee at a fitness club. Gradually pick up skills and contacts that will help you move to better avenues in the job market. A good option is to set up your own business. However, this requires meticulous planning, financial support and excellent management skills.
It helps to start early in the realm of physical fitness. Try to inculcate the habit of sticking to a well-defined exercise program from the school days. Teenage is the right time to hit the gymnasium to get one’s body into perfect shape. Once you have zeroed on this particular career path, focus on the areas that would help you achieve your long term objectives in this regard.
This is an ideal job for people who always want to be literally on their toes. This profile demands a career long rigorous dedication both from the body as well as from the psyche.
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Demand and Supply
There is great demand for this profile in the job market and this upward trend is expected to continue in the near future. Both government as well as privately owned establishments are doing their best to meet the growing demand.
Positives
•  The best aspect of this profession is that you will always stay fit.  After all, it is your job to keep one and all in perfect shape.
•  You always get to meet and communicate with people from different walks of life and who knows how they may help you enhance your career or your fitness business.
•  You are a role model for people who are under your tutelage.
Negatives
•  This is a service industry and you cannot afford to loose your temper when dealing with uncooperative or difficult people.
•  After a period of time, you might get complacent about your work and not take good care of your patrons as you did initially.
•  This job demands you to be on your toes all the time. Slackness means loss of clientele, erosion of hard earned reputation and business.
Different Roles, Different Names
The role of a fitness instructor can be classified as:
• Aerobics instructor – a fitness instructor specialising in aerobic exercises and routines
• Clinical exercise specialist – a trainer who works with patients and assists them to overcome and recover from injuries and physical ailments 
• Group fitness or gym instructor – a person who specialises in imparting the nuances of fitness routines to a group of people
•  Personal trainer – a fitness trainer who is exclusively associated with a particular client and looks after their fitness schedule, diet and training.
Job Prospects
There is no dearth of employment opportunities for qualified fitness instructors. In fact, the fitness industry is undergoing a phase of boom owing to the massive upsurge of lifestyle related diseases in urban centres. Another factor that is boosting this industry is the increased level of awareness amongst common man with regards to physical fitness and wellness.
There are lots of opportunities for fitness trainers these days. If you want a smug government job then you can head for various government run institutions and sports bodies. There are ample positions for trainers in schools, colleges and universities. Fitness instructors who have earned a postgraduate degree or any other higher qualification can also apply for teaching jobs in different colleges and educational bodies.
In the private sector, the range of employment openings range from five star hotels to innumerable health resorts, spas, sports and fitness clubs. Alternatively, you can start your own gymnasium or a health club or work exclusively as a personal fitness trainer for some celebrity. The opportunities are simply unending.

About the Author

Vijay Garg

Vijay Garg

Vijay Garg is a regular contributor of Imphal Times, mostly related with Education. Vijay is a resident of Street Kour Chand MHR Malout-152107 Distt Sri Muktsar sahib Punjab. Vijay Garg, Ex.PES-1 is a retired Principal from Government Girls Sen Sec school Mandi Harji Ram Malout -152106 Punjab. He is also the author of Quantitative Aptitude, NTSE , NMMS, Mathematics of XII, ICSE numerical physics and chemistry many more books.

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