Your Social Life

Forging friendships with teachers and fellow students will not only make your time in school more productive and enjoyable, but can also make the transition from student to fitness instructor or personal trainer easier. Your teachers have knowledge and experience that may benefit you in school and after graduation. Most are more than willing to spend time with their students answering questions about current coursework or future career goals. You and your peers in the classroom can help each...

The Importance Of Training

As greater numbers of people seek employment in the fitness industry, the requirements set by employers get more stringent. Ten years ago you may have been able to walk into a health club in the morning, get a few hours of training from another instructor, and be teaching a class that afternoon. Today, it's more likely that you would need to walk in with a resume, request an interview, be quizzed about your education and experience, teach a sample class for a hiring manager, and then be...

Internships

Internships are a great way to get job experience before you enter the real workforce in your capacity as a fitness instructor. It is easiest to participate in an internship program if you are enrolled in school (certification seminars and certifying bodies generally don't afford this type of experience). However, it is possible to create your own internship, especially if you are willing to work for a specified period of time to gain experience while foregoing a paycheck. Internships may be...

Healthcare Facilities

This is one of the fastest growing employers for the fitness industry, due in large part to the medical community's acknowledgement of the importance of exercise to the health and well-being of the population. Many physicians now prescribe exercise to their patients for overall improvement of health, as well as for disease and injury prevention. In addition, those recovering from injuries and surgeries require rehabilitation, which can often be administered by fitness professionals. For...

Corporate Fitness Wellness Programs

The Wellness Councils of America (WELCOA)'s America's Healthiest Companies 2000 included Union Pacific Railroad, Anheuser-Busch, The City of Austin, Texas, and Thomas Memorial Hospital in West Virginia. They represent just a handful of the thousands of corporations, government agencies, hospitals, and educational institutions that provide fitness programs to their employees. As word gets out about the benefits of such programs, the number and types of businesses who provide them increases....

Or Personal Trainer

In this chapter, you will learn about fitness instructors, including what they do, where they work, and what makes them successful. Jobs with large chain clubs, smaller clubs and studios, health care facilities, and corporate fitness wellness programs are examined, along with sample job advertisements from many of these employers.You will also hear advice from a number of those already working in the field. Finally, the specific strengths and skills necessary to succeed as a fitness instructor...

Other Related Financial Aid Books

Annual Register of Grant Support (Chicago, IL Marquis, annual). A's and B's of Academic Scholarships (Alexandria, VA Octameron, annual). Chronicle Student Aid Annual (Moravia, NY Chronicle Guidance, annual). College Blue Book. Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants and Loans (New York Macmillan, annual). College Financial Aid Annual (Englewood Cliffs, NJ Prentice Hall, annual). Directory of Financial Aids for Minorities (San Carlos, CA Reference Service Press, biennial). Directory of Financial Aids...

Resources for Entrepreneurs

Starting and running your own business doesn't mean you have to go it alone. There are a number of great resources in which you can find the knowledge and guidance you need to be a success. If you are planning to earn a degree or certificate before beginning your fitness career, consider enrolling in courses or choosing programs that offer instruction in areas that will benefit your new business. Many degree and non-degree programs offer instruction in record-keeping, marketing, and...

Info

What are keywords or buzzwords that can be used to describe your skill What is another of your marketable skills Provide at least three examples of how you have used this skill in the workplace 1. 2. 3. What unusual or unique skill s do you possess that help you stand out from other applicants applying for the same types of positions as you How have you already proven this skill is useful in the workplace What computer skills do you possess What computer software packages are you proficient in...

Mind Body Options

As the population seeks to find release from the stresses of everyday life, many have looked to forms of exercise that involve a spiritual or centering component. Three of the most common practiced today are yoga, tai chi, and Pilates. Yoga is believed to be the most widely practiced of spiritual disciplines. As Georg Feuerstein explains, underlying this ancient practice is the understanding that the human being is more than the physical body and that, through a course of discipline, it is...

Independently Owned Clubs Studios and Management Companies

There are thousands of fitness facilities and businesses that are not owned by large corporations. In this category are included large clubs that bring in millions of dollars a year, 40' x 40' storefront yoga studios, weight-training centers with boxing rings, and spas that cater to women only. There are also companies that have no facilities other than office space they have contracts with various clients, hire instructors and trainers, and then send them out to the clients. All of these...