First, I am so thankful that I got a chance to know Adam before I approached him to have this informational talk. He admitted that what he had to say to me would totally different if I were just walking in off the street.
So what did he say?
#1. It is his opinion that I have the personality and skills to be a good trainer.
#2. No matter what I decide, I should get a national certification before I start to talk to anyone. I’ve ordered the NASM Fundementals program. I figure this should tell me if I’ve got the ability to learn and study to get through the whole training class. And NASM seems to be one of the most accepted programs. (also, unfortunately, one of the most expensive. I wonder if this shitty economy will mean they have a sale around November or December?)
#3. Adam doesn’t want me working for him. Turns out 24 Hour has changed their approach to trainers. They used to be required to put in hours on the floor, working whether they had clients or not. That’s when they sell their service, do their paperwork, meet and learn the clientele. Now? You only get paid for the hours that you are actively training someone. Yet you are still required to write several thousand dollars in contracts each month. (on your own time?)
My gym is nearly fully staffed with trainers, all young and starting out. It’s almost the only gym in the area except for the Y. And these young folks all head to the gym closest to home. All earning part-time income. He expects a churn-rate of trainers of about 50% or higher for the foreseeable future. This past month 4 trainers earned full-time income (and the benefits that go with it).
#4. If I still chose to use 24 Hour as my “cutting my teeth” experience, he suggest a gym in another county that has few trainers but lots of disposable income. It would mean a 30-45 minute commute each way with a bridge toll. But it would be easy to write contracts and easier to build a client base to get to full-time.
#5. He’d rather see me work for another company. Which means putting myself out there to strangers a lot more than feels comfortable to me most of the time.
So here’s where I’m at. I will work through this foundations course to see if I have the discipline to study and learn something new and challenging. I will examine how much of my thoughts on training were realistically attached to working in a familiar environment and how much is willing to risk change. (ooo… change is such a dirty word). And I will let this simmer quietly while I work through this.
I may even grab a friend or two and ask they would like to be my guinea pigs working out together.