Fitness Trainer Side Hustle

GoldenCinderblock's picture
Rank: Human | 18,615

I'm thinking of becoming a fitness trainer or coach of some sort on the side. Does anyone have experience in the field or do this on the side? How have your experiences been? And which certifications would you go for? My degree is in finance and I'm not going back to school so I know a few are off limits to me. My colleague Gymbro used to be a trainer and recommended NASM. I'm also interested in the Onnit cert and the Primal Blueprint cert. My wife does have a kinesiology degree and we could eventually become like a health coaching team of some sort.

I'm in pretty good shape now and know a lot about health and whatnot and I would get into even better shape and be like properly about that fitness life. I think it'd be fun and Gymbro told me you can make very good money once you're established. I think I'd like to go more the "be your own boss" route as opposed to working at a gym, which I realize is more difficult.

Gymbro said you just get in shape, start putting videos on social media, and you can advertise classes on Craigslist. You see a dozen people on the beach swinging some kettlebells around for half an hour and that's $30 or whatever per person multiplied by all those people... and all you did was work out on a Sunday morning. Sounds sweet. Startup cost isn't that bad and worst case scenario: I have some good knowledge for life and maybe I'll figure out how to better address my own back issues as well.

Would love to get your guys' feedback/opinios.

Comments (2)

Best Response
Jul 5, 2017

My best friend was a crossfit trainer and is RKC certified. He left crossfit because he didn't like how they paid virtually zero attention to form. He ended up being 6'2", 260 lbs and ripped using only kettle bells (35-106 lbs), grip trainers and calisthenics (think large guy doing 1 armed push ups/pull ups, Shit like that). His start weight was about 230 and he was very fit. I brought up the idea of him doing videos on YouTube. However, he did not want to draw attention to himself and also decided to change careers.

Essentially, I think you need to find a niche and have it mastered, but be able to help across the spectrum of fitness goals. Be sure to get certified in whatever you want to train. Treat clients with respect and be positively motivating. Stress the basics and make sure they track their exercises to motivate future business. I have watched some YouTube fitness videos and they are mainly guys showing what they can do. I think that could be a great introduce yourself as a trainer and then showing a sample work out to show exactly what it is that you do. Watching some gymnast do push ups while planked on dip bars is cool, but not answering how to get there is pointless. Give them a taste then try to get them hooked.

    • 5
Jul 5, 2017
Comment