Becoming a Personal Trainer For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 8, 2011 - Sports & Recreation - 384 pages
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Love helping other people improve their physical fitness? Become a certified trainer, start your own business, and grow your client base with this user-friendly and practical guide

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 Becoming a Personal Trainer For Dummies.

If you want to become a certified personal trainer and start your own business—or if you’re a certified trainer looking to grow your existing practice—you’re in the right place. This practical guide has a thorough overview of what it takes to get certified and run a successful business, complete with expert tips that help you:

  • 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

A user-friendly guide with unique coverage of personal trainer certification programs, Becoming a Personal Trainer For Dummies includes tips on selecting the right program and meeting the requirements. You’ll learn to develop your training identity as well as practice invaluable skills that will make you a great personal trainer. Inside you’ll discover how to:

  • Choose the right fitness equipment, for you and your clients
  • Create a business plan, a record-keeping system, and a marketing campaign
  • Perform fitness assessments
  • Develop individualized exercise programs
  • Advance your clients to the next fitness level
  • Manage legal issues and tax planning
  • Train clients with special needs

Complete with ten ideas to expand your services (such as adding workshops or selling equipment or apparel) and a list of professional organizations and resources, Becoming a Personal Trainer For Dummies gives you the tools you need to be the best personal trainer you can be. Grab your own copy to get the most out of this fun, fabulous career.

 

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Contents

Introduction 1
3
Getting Certified
21
Practicing Your Art
33
Planning Your Start
43
Being a Successful Personal Trainer
61
Being a Successful Personal Trainer
63
Setting Up Shop
75
Developing Sound Business Practices
93
The Second Session Taking Your Client through
213
Exercising Your Client
225
Teaching Your Beginning Client Beginning Exercises
231
Taking Your Client to the Next Level
247
Intensifying Your Clients Aerobic Workout
257
Growing Your Personal Training Business
261
Hiring Additional Staff
275
Building Your Business Culture
291

Flexing Your Marketing Muscles
115
Retaining Your Clientele
137
Putting the Personal into Personal Training
155
The First Session Performing the Fitness Assessment
175
Measuring body composition
183
Testing Your Clients Fitness
187
Before We Meet Again Planning the Program
195
The Part of Tens
305
The Part of Tens
306
Ten Essential Pieces of Equipment
313
Ten Ways to Be the Best Personal Trainer You Can Be
319
Resources
325
Index
331

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About the author (2011)

Melyssa St. Michael is a renowned fitness expert who appears on national news channels and has been interviewed for major publications.

Linda Formichelli writes for Men’s Fitness, Muscle Media, and other magazines.

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