I’ve been a Personal Trainer for a while now and
I’ve seen it become an increasingly popular career choice. For some, it’s an
obvious route straight out of college, requiring no formal qualifications to get on the
course or an expensive degree. For others, personal
training is anecessary career move as they realise the desk job of their
dreams has lost its shine and isn’t what they want to do until the day they pick up their pension.
It’s not surprising that becoming a Personal Trainer has become a popular vocation. A
varied day with flexible hours, lots of face-to-face
interaction coupled with knowing you really are making a difference to peoples’
lives. Of course there are clients who just want to look good on the beach, but
often it comes down to conquering health problems or low self-esteem,which is
Therefore, having been given the chance to spend a
day with The Training Room, I got to see the latest wave of prospective
candidates hoping to shake up your gym. The Training Room provides courses to
allow gym-lovers to qualify as PTs. Their fast-track scheme takes six weeks,
Monday to Friday, from start to finish. Compare that to a three-year uni degree
with tuition fees, and it’s a lightning fast route to a new profession.
The course covers the lynchpins of personal
training as well as skills in spinning, circuit training and boxing. My time in
the classroom looked at the planning and periodisation of workouts, tailoring a
client’s time in the gym to help them achieve the big muscles or skinny waist
they’re paying you for.
People from all walks of life were on the course,
all keen for a career on the gym floor rather than in a boardroom. Girls and
guys in their twenties and thirties listened intently to knowledgeable
instructors David Moore and Gary Davis. Keen to learn and full of enthusiasm,
the Camden classroom was a world away from my GCSE Maths lessons.
One of the best things about The Training Room is
their placement scheme. In today’s graduate market we read about people
struggling to turn their costly BA or Masters degree into more than working as
a barista at Cafe Nero. The Training Room’s placement scheme proactively
supports pupils to secure a job as a Personal Trainer using its links with
national gym chains. To think that you could qualify and be working within two
months, start to finish, is pretty impressive in such a tough job market.
As the lesson moved on to the gym floor for a
practical session in free weights, it was clear to see that the industry would
soon have some new talent on its hands. The pupils were obviously doing what
they loved, and how many people can say that about their job?
Whether it’s personal training, fire-fighting or
fashion, it pays to do a job you are passionate about. It seems those at The
Training Room have already passed that test with flying colours and are going
to be quids in.