Want to turn your passion for
fitness into a lucrative career? Each year, more than 5 million
Americans use personal trainers to take their workouts to the next
level—and this plain-English guide shows you how to get in on the
action. Whether you want a part-time job at the gym or a full-time
personal training business, you’ll find the practical, proven advice
you need in this indispensable resource.
Becoming a Personal Trainer For Dummies is for you if you
want to become a certified personal trainer and start your own
business—or if you’re a certified trainer looking to improve upon your
existing practice. You get a thorough overview of what it takes to get
certified and run a successful business, complete with expert tips that
- Find your training niche
- Study for and pass certification exams
- Attract, keep, and motivate clients
- Interview, hire, and manage employees
- Update your training skills
- Expand your services
This user-friendly guide offers unique coverage of personal trainer
certification programs, including tips on selecting the right program
and meeting the requirements. You’ll see how to develop your training
identity as well as practice invaluable skills that will make you a
great personal trainer. You also receive savvy guidance in:
- Choosing the best fitness equipment
- Creating a business plan, a record-keeping system, and a
- Performing fitness assessments
- Developing individualized exercise programs
- Advancing your clients to the next fitness level
- Managing legal issues and tax planning
- Offering additional services such as massage and nutrition
- Training clients with special needs
Complete with ten great starter exercises and a valuable list of
professional organizations and resources, Becoming a Personal
Trainer For Dummies gives you the tools you need to get the most
out of this fun, fabulous career!
About The Authors:
Melyssa St. Michael is a certified personal trainer and certified nutrition
consultant. She was named one of the top 40 entrepreneurs under age 40
by Baltimore Magazine in 2001. Setting out to “raise the bar”
in the personal-training industry, Melyssa founded her first
personaltraining company in February 1995. She rapidly expanded her
business into a thriving entity with over 2,000 clients, a
3,000-square-foot state-of-the-art personal-training/nutrition
facility, and a staff of ten full-time trainers. Currently, Melyssa
consults within the fitness industry and is a renowned fitness expert
appearing on national news channels, including CNN, CBS, NBC, and ABC.
She has been interviewed by such publications as the Los Angeles
Times, U.S. News & World Report, SHAPE, Muscle & Fitness,
and the Sunday Times (London).
Linda Formichelli is a freelance health and
fitness writer who lives in Massachusetts with her writer husband and
two cats. She is the co-author of The Renegade Writer: A Totally
Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing Success. She’s a karate
enthusiast (okay, she’s a karate freak) who enjoys sipping port and
reading weighty tomes (okay, it’s lemonade and Archie comics). Linda
has an M.A. from U.C. Berkeley in a subject completely unrelated to
??This non-nonsense book covers every conceivable aspect of the personal-training industry?straightforward, informative and easy to read?? (Muscle & Fitness, March 2005)
Part I: Shaping Up to Be a Personal Trainer.
Chapter 1: Personal Training 101: Do You Have What It Takes?
Chapter 2: Getting Certified.
Chapter 3: Practicing Your Art.
Chapter 4: Planning Your Start.
Part II: Being a Successful Personal Trainer.
Chapter 5: Creating Your Business Plan.
Chapter 6: Setting Up Shop.
Chapter 7: Developing Sound Business Practices.
Chapter 8: Flexing Your Marketing Muscles.
Chapter 9: Retaining Your Clientele.
Part III: Putting the Personal into Personal Training.
Chapter 10: Getting to Know You: Performing Initial Consultations.
Chapter 11: The First Session: Performing the Fitness Assessment.
Chapter 12: Before We Meet Again: Planning the Program.
Chapter 13: The Second Session: Taking Your Client through the First Workout.
Chapter 14: Teaching Your Beginning Client Beginning Exercises.
Chapter 15: Taking Your Client to the Next Level.
Part IV: Growing Your Personal Training Business.
Chapter 16: Preparing for Growth: Automating and Documenting Your Workflow.
Chapter 17: Hiring Additional Staff.
Chapter 18: Building Your Business Culture.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 19: Ten Great Ways to Expand Your Services.
Chapter 20: Ten Essential Pieces of Equipment.
Chapter 21: Ten Ways to Be the Best Personal Trainer You Can Be.