Getting paid what appears an impressive hourly rate.
Training professional athletes.
Travelling the world with the aforementioned people.
If you’re good at what you do your session rate will be divided over multiples of hours prepping sessions, plans and supporting your clients. For most of you, because of this fact you’ll actually take home something along the lines of minimum wage (This happens if you do your job properly). Those that choose not to take that extra time soon filter down their demographic due to poor service. They want to earn £30 p/h so refuse to do anything beyond the session time paid for.
Income, if you do your job well is divided by hours working.
You’ll work unsociable hours, your day will be split most likely into 2, possibly 3 blocks starting very early and finishing generally very late.
As its an ‘image’ based industry a lot of what you earn will be spent on your ‘image’. Your own food and the ‘image’ that you try and portray of extreme discipline and your ‘hardcore’ lifestyle.
If you’re lucky enough to train celebrities it’ll generally be for free unless you’ve got the ‘clout’ should we say to command a fee.
I’ve turned down 3 ‘A’ listers and multiple minor celebs for the fact they thought they were doing me the favour and wanted my time for nothing. That time, if I did my job well would be divided multiple times over for prep, travel etc.
The last celeb I trained they wanted me to travel to the studio. I said I would only do it if they paid me for the time travelling and provided me with a car and driver to take me there (I couldn’t work efficiently otherwise). They agreed and after a couple of weeks moved the actor to a house in Mayfair as it was cheaper for them.
Alongside this fact, in most cases they can’t mention you and when they do most interviewers will cut your name from the text as ‘you’ bring no value to the piece.
They don’t do you a favour and if your entire reputation is based around you training ‘someone’ at ‘some point’ you’re looking at a very short career.
I know four of the people responsible for some of Hollywoods biggest transformations and I bet most of you wouldn’t know who they were.
If you want to train athletes you’ll largely need to be in the clubs they reside at and generally work your way through the ranks in that club. Alternatively you will need to be a part of the federations their sport is built around. VERY few professional athletes earn enough to actually pay for personal training. That may surprise you but you’re probably thinking immediately of the few hundred premier league footballers that earn more than enough.
I’ve been lucky enough to have trained some amazing athletes and very talented actors and actresses over my years as a coach. They probably however account for less than 5% of the people I actually train.
I train people, people who want to manage their physiques and diets better. They want to be able to have a social life, to have a drink with friends. Enjoy good food and stay fit and healthy. Each one of them wants to, and by default ends up looking and feeling better than they did to start with. The ‘looking’ part generally based on societies present ideal. One that will, as always change yearly to something new.
I could sell the ‘glamour’ of personal training but I’d prefer to sell the reality.
It’s a tough industry with a very easy entry point. Most people that start in the industry will leave the industry (that’s fact not speculation). It’s long hours, it’s hard.
It is however hugely gratifying and rewarding. It’s an industry that takes a long time to establish yourself in but it’s achievable and far easier than ever before.
That success doesn’t rely on you having a six pack.
It relies on you having drive, compassion, a willingness and openness to learn. The balls to admit when you’re wrong and a work ethic no different to any other industry or profession in which you want to make it.
All the tools and resources are on a plate for you. You just have to learn to use them correctly. You also have to be willing to learn, put in hours outside of when you’re in one-on-one training to work ‘on’ your business. You need to do that proficiently.