Being a fitness professional such as a zumba instructor or personal trainer is not like any other job. Unlike most jobs where you spend your whole day at the desk staring at the computer and dealing with piles of paperwork, working as a fitness professional involves hours of coaching people and helping them be the fittest version of themselves. This means that you would need to break a lot of sweat. And just like any other profession, it’s not for everyone.
But the good news is anyone can be a fitness professional. With that being said, Hakar Mahmoud, a fitness instructor, and influencer from Sweden share the things that you should consider before turning pro.
Always Be Open to Learn
Exercise, sports science, and nutrition are always changing. With new discoveries and research being released on the best fitness and nutrition routines to lose weight and/or gain muscle, Hakar suggests to keep an open mind and never stop learning if you wish to become a fitness professional. You will encounter new knowledge every so often, and you would need to prepare yourself to learn a new exercise or a fact about nutrition then apply it to work.
Because being fit involves several aspects of the human body and lifestyle, Hakar also pointed out that you would need to prepare to learn various things about human physiology, nutrition, and exercise. Being equipped with all the relevant knowledge helps fitness instructors help their clients to achieve their best self.
Learn How to Motivate People
When it comes to fitness, there are two types of people. The first one is the person who enjoys working out, and the second one is the person who does not. Because of this, Hakar says that a fitness professional should know how to motivate people who are about to give up on their last rep or on following the diet that you prescribed.
Knowing how to motivate people involves many soft skills, such as empathy, communication, and passion. Motivation is about getting into other people’s lives and inspiring them to become the best version of themselves.
Nonetheless, Hakar acknowledges that learning how to be a great motivator in the world of fitness is not easy. Tou would need to find a balance in motivating your clients and delivering your message to them. You can do this by making yourself fit and presentable in a professional way and developing your own brand by using the skills that you learned to create a training system that is effective and replicable.
Prepare to Develop and Market Yourself
Becoming a fitness professional is not like the usual 9-5 office job where you have a boss you would need to follow to get things done. Hakar emphasizes the point that in the world of fitness, you will be your own product. You would need to develop and create yourself so that clients would buy into you and your message.
Hakar points out that aside from being physically fit, fitness professionals need to study to pass certification courses, get CPR training and liability insurance. For Hakar, however, the most challenging part of becoming a fitness professional is constantly learning, marketing, updating, and developing yourself to become a fitness professional that will provide real value to clients and help them achieve their best version. It’s a never-ending process.
For many people, becoming a fitness professional may seem to be a fun job. After all, who doesn’t want to get paid to help people work out? While Hakar agrees that this work may be more dynamic and exciting than a tedious desk job, he also acknowledges that it is a difficult and sometimes a thankless job. Despite this, Hakar still believes that if you love what you are doing, you will enjoy doing it no matter how hard it is, and it applies to fitness professionals as well.
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