Career Advice: How you can become a Fitness Influencer

If there is one trend ruling the world during the pandemic, it is our obsession with fitness and fitness influencers. Soon after Coronavirus prompted the world to go into a lockdown, Fitness trainers and influencers across social media have been motivating people to increase their immunity and workout at home, with gyms and outdoors spaces remaining shut. 
Thanks to the power of the Internet — From functional training at home to pilates, Yoga, HIIT and even running coaching, everything has gone virtual. Now that the web has opened up opportunities more than ever, fitness training has become a lucrative career for many young people interested in sports, fitness, nutrition and healthy living. In fact, as a profession, fitness is not only rewarding but also satisfying as it makes you feel good about yourself while staying fit and healthy!  
The fitness training industry is expected to grow by 27% in the next few years. The rising awareness towards a healthy lifestyle is the main reason for a growing demand for Fitness Trainers.  
In fact, the modern work environment forces us into a sedentary lifestyle with little scope for physical exercise. This has resulted in a large section of the society, especially in urban areas, falling prey to ailments such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, hypertension, and so on. The only way out is to keep ourselves fit by adopting a suitable fitness regime.
What does a Fitness Trainer do?
The role of a fitness instructor is a multifaceted one. The first and foremost responsibility is to guide clients to get healthy. Other than gym/exercise routine, fitness trainers also have to provide guidance regarding posture, dietary intake, right nutrition, latest fitness techniques and tools, and so on. 
Furthermore, they have to cater to the special needs and requirements of their clients. Overall, the career path of a fitness instructor is all the time saturated with excitement and verve.
Eligibility Criteria:
Having a certification from a recognised organisation is a prerequisite for entering the field. Many organisations offer a variety of fitness training courses with written and practical examinations. The duration of these certification courses ranges from 2-3 months and can cost anywhere between Rs.10,000-30,000. Most certifications expire in 2-3 years and need to be renewed.
Employers usually require a qualification from a recognized body in the respective country. Fitness trainers also need certificates in first aid to show that they know how to perform CPR as well as public liability insurance. 
An A level qualification in Physical Education or Sports studies is a start to gaining qualifications and is backed by gaining a BSc in sports studies, health and fitness management, sports science or any other related field.
Skill Required:
  • Have the motivation to stay healthy and fit and encourage others to do the same
  • Have the patience and ability to work with different people and be able to explain things to them clearly
  • Be aware of safety practices and maintain a healthy work ethic
  • Possess knowledge of different lifestyles, different types of diet, and the working of the human body
  • Individuals who wish to become fitness trainers should also be energetic and have a lot of stamina
  • They must also be aware of how to use different exercise equipment and tools
  • Knowledge of latest trends and fads in the fitness industry
  • Good communications skills will be a plus point for any fitness trainer
Courses in Fitness Training:
  • Bachelors in Physical Education
  • Masters in Physical Education
  • Bachelors in Sports Medicine/Nutrition
  • Certification in Sports Medicine 
  • Certification in Sports Nutrition
Colleges in India offering Physical Education Courses:
  1. Lakshmibai National College Of Physical Education, Thiruvananthapuram
  2. Indira Gandhi Institute Of Physical Education And Sports Sciences, New Delhi
  3. Amity School Of Physical Education And Sports Sciences, Noida
  4. BPCA’s College Of Physical Education, Mumbai
  5. Lakshmibai National Institute Of Physical Education, Gwalior
  6. Chandrashekhar Agashe College Of Physical Education, Pune
  7. VNS College Of Physical Education And Management Studies, Bhopal
  8. Jyotiba College Of Physical Education, Nagpur
  9. Ishwar Deshmukh College Of Physical Education, Nagpur
  10. University College Of Physical Education, Bangalore University, Bengaluru
Job Opportunities:
  • Fitness trainers or PE teachers in Government Schools/Colleges
  • Sports Authority of India
  • Gymnasiums
  • Hotels & Communities
  • Health/Fitness Clubs
  • Educational institutions
  • Spas
  • Sports Centres
  • Freelance/ Personal fitness trainer
  • Celebrity fitness trainer
Given the careers opening up due to the Internet, many are now taking to Youtube and Instagram as influencers to coach their clients. Fitness Training is one of the 100 Offbeat Careers we believe is going to be a lucrative career in the years ahead! 
So, go ahead and make fitness a lifestyle, with or without the pandemic!

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