Since the beginning of civilization, people have tried to improve their physical condition through training. Just look back to the ancient Greeks. From a young age, the Trojans would use training techniques to develop their soldiers into elite warriors. The Greeks also trained for and participated in the first Olympic games. Training methods have advanced in many ways due to research and technology, but fundamentally, they really have not changed all that much.
What has changed is the professionalism associated with training. Gone are the days when you learned how to work out from your friend who had been doing it longer. Or when the trainer at the gym was the guy who had won some competitions, and could help you bulk up, too. Personal training has evolved into a respectable, lucrative profession, and is now one of the fastest-growing careers.
As recently as the early nineties, personal training was considered a luxury. Fifteen years later, personal training is an industry generating over $4 billion a year in revenue, and that number continues to rise exponentially. As people become increasingly aware of the need for regular exercise, there is a growing demand for qualified, well-trained personal trainers.
With the rising demand for personal trainers comes an increased need for trainers who are qualified to work with special populations.
While personal trainers were once found only in health clubs and gyms working with healthy adults, you can now find them in a variety of settings working with diverse populations. Personal trainers are creating niches working with children, pregnant women, post-rehabilitation patients, people with chronic disease, and the elderly. And these are only some of the markets available to personal trainers. However, many people continue to view personal trainers as people who work in fitness centers. This book will provide you with a thorough understanding of what it takes to become a successful personal trainer, as well as the numerous opportunities that are available to you.
Many people who become personal trainers are unable to achieve the success they strive for. One major reason for this failure to thrive is that they lack the knowledge and skills that would set them apart from the average trainer. Another is that they neglect to look at personal training as a legitimate business. Running a successful business requires an understanding of sales, marketing, advertising, and much more. In order to create and maintain a profitable career, you'll need the proper tools. This book will explain what those tools are, why they are important, and how to acquire them. Whether you're just beginning your career or have been a personal trainer for years, this information will show you how to take advantage of the rapidly growing market and move ahead in this exciting career.