Are you thinking of taking a personal trainer course? Have you got aspirations to work in Australia’s fast-growing fitness sector? If so, then knowing what the job’s actually like will help to steer you. As with any position, there are pros and cons - and the fitness world is no different.
Do you have to be fit to become a fitness trainer?:
That’s an interesting question. The truth is, you only have to be fit enough to fulfil your role, which means being able to demonstrate exercise forms and techniques to your clients. If you’re lean and muscly, it’s obviously only going to say good things about you as a professional.
Can I be a personal trainer and a nutritionist?:
Of course, you can, yes! The great thing about modern online fitness courses is that they’re modular, meaning you can continually add to your skills as you progress. If you're qualified as a personal trainer, there’s nothing to stop boosting your personal development with extra nutrition knowledge.
The Pros & Cons of the Job:
As a personal trainer, you’ll need the interpersonal skills to motivate and guide your clients, with the role offering a range of compelling benefits. There are a few disadvantages too - in the name of balance - and we look at those now.
The advantages of the job include:
- The flexibility of when you work, as you’re often able to set your schedule
- The satisfaction that comes with helping people reach their fitness goals
- Lots of opportunities for specialisation through online studying
- It’s a social role that involves truly getting to know people
- Decent pay in the region of $70k per year
The disadvantages of the job are:
- Some clients are only free in the evenings/weekends, which can affect when you work
- If you’re self-employed, you’ll need to work hard to sell your services and grow your base
- Again, if self-employed, income may not be completely stable
- Clients can cancel on you at the last minute
- It’s a demanding job that takes a lot of energy - even on your bad days.
There’s no such thing as a perfect job with no drawbacks, so when you take your fitness instructor course, just be aware of both the good and the bad of the role. You don’t want to find that you hate parts of the position after you’ve gone through all the hard work of qualifying for it.
Boost Your Career With OCA Health and Fitness Courses
This is just one of many careers available to those with the necessary skills and knowledge to take advantage. The great news is that CPD-approved fitness and nutrition courses like our Certificate in Fitness. This Micro-credential Course also provides you with 40% credit (RPL) toward the Nationally Recognised SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness with our partner Onfit Training College RTO 32107. Please note you must complete this course prior to October 2022 to capitalise on this offer!
Every one of the courses in the OCA library is video-based, meaning that you get a next-level learning experience in terms of mental stimulation. You can find out more at www.onlinecoursesaustralia.edu.au where you’ll also see that our industry-led, modular training comes with dedicated tutor support and flexible payment options.
However, if you’d prefer to speak to us about your specific learning requirements, just call us on 1300 611 404, and we’ll be more than happy to give you what you need!