After a weekend of celebrating my engagement and thinking about future plans, I thought now would be a good time to update everyone as to what I’m doing with regards to becoming a personal trainer.
If you don’t already know, this summer I’ll be moving back to Bloomington, IN from Japan in order to follow my dream of becoming a personal trainer (and follow Valerie as she start Law School at Indiana University). In order to prepare for that, I have several things on my to-do list for the next 6 months.
- Read as much as humanly possible about starting up a personal training business, and then read some more. I’ve already spent years on the training side of things, but am unfortunately a noob when it comes to small business and fitness as an industry. Time to book-up! These are 3 books I just downloaded for Kindle for the PC [perfect for those of us who like the availability of digital books (i.e. international) without wanting to pay for the actual Kindle]:
- How to Open & Operate a Financially Successful Personal Training Business, by John N. Peragine. Got 4.5 stars on Amazon, and comes with forms I can use for taxes, liability insurance, and getting started.
- The Everything Guide to being a Personal Trainer, by Stephen A. Rodriguez. Another perspective on how to do things right, the first time.
- How to Start a Home-Based Personal Trainer Business, by Laura Augenti. This is the most recently released of all 3 of these books (January 2011) and looks like it might be the best about Small Home Business. One rave review from someone who doesn’t even want to be a personal trainer about the business genius of the book, and I was sold.
- Sign up for the NASM online PT course next month, and prepare to take the test in August. If I could take the test online, I’d already be signed up, but since I have to go to an official testing site in the states, I’m having to delay this until the 6 months before I start. As is the case with most PT certs (NASM, ACE, etc.), you have 6 months after signing up for the course to take the test. I chose NASM as it is one of the most widely accepted at commercial gyms, and provides an option for liability insurance.
- Create a boot-camp style class and teach it at the local Community Center – in Japanese! This is scheduled for May, and I couldn’t be more excited about it. It might be a little difficult to sell in Japan, where my friends and neighbors have never even heard of a personal trainer before, but the best way to learn is through experience. Even if only one person shows up, I’ll be stoked. (Though hopefully not so much that my limited Japanese scares them away!)
- Create materials for future clientele. Surveys, check-lists, charts, tracking, sample workout plans, etc. Since I can’t train clients yet, I’ll have to settle for preparing everything I can beforehand.
- Contact gyms in the Bloomington area. I’ll be contacting every possible gym, health club, spa, etc. in the Bloomington area to ask about whether or not they employ personal trainers, what requirements they have for certification, and if there is any available employment starting from this August. It will be critical for me to build contacts in the local community if I want to have a chance in hell at succeeding.
- Continue to build the resources on this website. I will continue to build up the resources on this site so that by the time I get back to the states, any potential client could come here, try some workouts, and see what I’m all about.
The next 6 months are going to be busy and exciting! I’m nervous about moving back and trying to find a new job, but everyday am more and more CERTAIN that this is what I want to do with my life. Can’t wait to see how things will shake out. Keep your fingers crossed for me!
What goals do you want to accomplish this year? What steps are you taking to try to make that happen, TODAY?
-Stay healthy everybody.