Top 5 Reasons People Choose Not to Become Fitness Instructors
Every journey begins with stepping into fear.
I hear all to often from people: “I could never be a fitness instructor!” I always want to know WHY they think that, and here are the common responses:
- I’m not in good enough shape
Bull. Did you know I started my fitness professional journey not in my peak physical condition? Truth! I lost a lot of weight on my own, but I still didn’t know much about the science behind fitness or why to certain workout combinations worked better than others. I knew ZERO about athlete nutrition. I had no visions of being a fitness professional until my gym owner came up to me and asked me if I would be interested in becoming a personal trainer. How I laughed at that idea! Then my husband encouraged me to move forward with this, because if someone had enough faith in me to lead their members, then I should have enough faith in myself to do it. I spent six months studying for my personal trainer exam (written and practical). I passed, and the rest is history. I am now a certification junkie.
- I could never get in front of people
Next to death, talking in front of an audience is the number one fear. I get it. I am an introvert who learned how to be an extrovert while teaching my fitness classes. Attend one of my certifications, and I will help you step into the fear to start learning how to do something really amazing. The more you do it, the easier it gets, and it’s a time you look forward to. Your fitness classes become part of your social network. Soon you will find yourself laughing, joking around, and at times sharing tears with your members, because you became a fitness instructor.
- I wouldn’t be any good at it
Very few people are good at something right away, but your commitment to always learn, practice, and teach will have you MORE THAN great at it. You will become excellent at it! Every professional was once an amateur. Time, commitment, and passion are the three components that will have you soaring in the fitness instructor world.
- I don’t have the time
None of us HAVE the time. We have to MAKE the time. Do you value your health? Do you value your well being? Do you need time for you? Then make the time to make these areas a priority. I found I had more time for the people and things I loved once I committed to being an instructor. As an instructor, I get time for me to be around like minded individuals who are goal driven and ready to workout, I get to workout with them, and I am more focused on taking good care of me so I can be the best for those around me (at home and in my fitness classes). Once you make the time for teaching a few fitness classes a week, you’ll wonder how you ever lived your life before then!
- I don’t have the money
Yep, certifications cost money. So do shoes, eating out, and shopping Amazon (guilty!). It’s about prioritizing. For me, I treat certification trainings as my hobby. My husband loves to hunt, I love to get certified and learn. Each requires time and money, but they also fill our soul and allows us to give more of ourselves to others because we do feel fulfilled. Want to make sure you make your money back or make money? Take my certifications. You get me for the life of your certification, and I help you make this a solid part of your life. Most gyms offer memberships and pay you to teach for them. Being certified puts you in a great position to get hired and make some money from teaching your classes. Get paid while changing your life and others? Yeah, it’s a pretty neat gig.
Whatever your reason is for holding back on becoming a certified fitness instructor, face the fear and take the step. Be willing to be uncomfortable so you can grow into more of who you are meant to be. You’ve got this! You’ve got me!