The life span of a PT…
Why do so many fitness professionals have such short careers? In this post I will answer this question and give advice on how you can stay in the fitness industry!
Ever since I can remember my Dad told me to choose a career that I enjoy because I would have to do it for a long time. Well, I like telling people what to do. I like travelling to new places. I don’t like wearing trousers. And I get bored very easily. Fortunately, I stumbled into the fitness industry 10 years ago. The industry that has sent me around the world, allowed me to tell phenomenal athletes what to do. An industry that doesn’t judge me because I wear shorts far too often and is so fast paced it is difficult even for someone with the shortest of attention spans to get bored.
So why do so many fitness professionals have such short careers? Surely nobody in their right mind would CHOOSE to leave the most exciting industry in the world to embark on a life-long ambition to work in HR. Or Accounts.
Let’s not beat around the bush. People are leaving our beloved industry because, despite the fact they love their job, they aren’t earning enough money. Safe/boring jobs pay regularly each month, cover all your bills and allow you to join everyone else in the world who has a countdown to the weekend that starts about 10.30am every Monday.
Why aren’t they earning enough money? Possibly because they aren’t good enough. Probably because they aren’t managing themselves effectively.
Anyone who keeps up to date with their cheesy philosophical motivational quotes will know about KAIZEN. If you don’t know about it and can’t see the relevance to the fitness industry then I wish you all the best in your new job as an ‘Office Administrator’.
What separates the industry leaders from the drop-outs? In my opinion nothing can be more important than the content.
Therefore, education should be a priority for everyone wanting to be a successful PT. Not only is it a good idea in order to know what you’re talking about, but it’s also an industry requirement to acquire CPD points and prove that you are developing your ability.
Take it from somebody who has been there and done it and spent weeks eating rice and gravy because that’s all I could afford – education is crucial and could mean the difference between wearing shorts or trousers to work every day.
During my time with professional football clubs there was a popular saying that I remember – “If you stand still you will be moving backwards”.
Whatever you do – don’t stand still.