Becoming a Personal Trainer For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 8, 2011 - Sports & Recreation - 384 pages
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 this indispensable resource.

Becoming a Personal Trainer For Dummies is for you if you want to become a certified personal trainer and start your own business—or if you’re a certified trainer looking to improve upon your existing practice. You get 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

This user-friendly guide offers unique coverage of personal trainer certification programs, including tips on selecting the right program and meeting the requirements. You’ll see how to develop your training identity as well as practice invaluable skills that will make you a great personal trainer. You also receive savvy guidance in:

  • Choosing the best fitness equipment
  • Creating a business plan, a record-keeping system, and a marketing campaign
  • Performing fitness assessments
  • Developing individualized exercise programs
  • Advancing your clients to the next fitness level
  • Managing legal issues and tax planning
  • Offering additional services such as massage and nutrition consultation
  • Training clients with special needs

Complete with ten great starter exercises and a valuable list of professional organizations and resources, Becoming a Personal Trainer For Dummies gives you the tools you need to get the most out of this fun, fabulous career!


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Shaping Up to Be a Personal Trainer
Getting Certified
Practicing Your
Planning Your Start
Being a Successful Personal Trainer
Setting Up Shop
Developing Sound Business Practices
The Second Session Taking Your Client through the First
Warming Up the Client
Going for the Stretch
Exercising Your Client
Taking Your Client to the Next Level
Growing Your Personal Training Business
Creating a System for Others to Follow
Hiring Additional Staff

Flexing Your Marketing Muscles
Retaining Your Clientele
Putting the Personal into Personal Training
The First Session Performing the Fitness Assessment
Before We Meet Again Planning the Program
Building Your Business Culture
Ten Great Ways to Expand Your Services
Ten Essential Pieces of Equipment
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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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