So, you’re thinking about starting a career in the fitness industry? Great choice! The fitness industry is diverse and there are loads of different roles to suit your preferences, lifestyle and personality type. Perhaps we are a little biased (we love fitness!), but if you share our passion, then you have already taken the first step towards an exciting and potentially lucrative career.
The Fitness Associates provides a job platform for fitness jobs in the UK, as well as useful career advice to guide through deciding which area of the fitness industry is for you, then helping you securing your perfect fitness role. We pride ourselves on bringing you a wide range of opportunities with the most dynamic and recognised employers, offering you the career satisfaction you truly desire.
How can I get started in the fitness industry?
Well, the first step is thinking about what you are looking for in a job. Because the fitness industry is so varied, you need to get clear about what it is that you want to do. Here are some questions to help you get started:
- What is it about the fitness industry that appeals to you?
- Are there any specific fitness roles that pique your interest?
- Do you already have experience in sports or fitness that will help guide your decision?
- Are you interested in working directly with clients, or in more of an administrative or operational capacity?
- What type of clients would you like to work with?
- What type of results would you like to help your clients achieve?
- Do you have any family or life commitments that will impact the hours you are available to work?
- What are your financial goals? Is there a certain income you need to secure to support your lifestyle or family?
- Are you looking for work as an employee of an organisation, a contractor or freelancer or are you interested in starting your own business?
- How much time and commitment are you willing and able to dedicate to study and obtaining the relevant qualifications?
Once you have the answers to these questions, we would suggest you start poking around our website to find out more information about the fitness role types that are available – we have linked to a few of our job profiles below. Some of the career opportunities that you could consider include:
- Personal training or fitness instruction
- Teaching yoga or pilates
- Physiotherapy or massage therapy
- Sports coaching
- Fitness administration
- Fitness management
- Swimming instruction
- Fitness sales and marketing
- Teaching physical education
I am already working in the fitness industry, but I need a change.
Excellent! One of the things we love most about the fitness industry is that there are lots of opportunities to pivot and change. Here are some questions to consider when thinking about your next career move:
- Do you know what type of role you would like to change to?
- What are the transferrable skills you have? These are the skills you demonstrate in your current role, that will be helpful in your new career path.
- Are there any additional qualifications or certifications you need to obtain?
- What are the challenges for you, in changing direction?
- Who do you know that has already made a similar change, who might be able to offer you some advice?
- How can you tailor your CV and covering letter to support you in your search for your next role?
What can I expect, working in the fitness industry?
As we have said, the fitness industry is incredibly varied, so the expectations will be different depending on the type of fitness role you choose. There are, however, some common themes across the industry. Here’s a little taste:
- Variety – no two clients are the same, which makes for an interesting day!
- Non-traditional working hours – most fitness jobs operate outside the standard 9-5.
- Physical and mental challenges – a huge part of fitness is mindset, so don’t forget the mental challenges that exist for you and your clients.
- Organisation – this isn’t a career path without paperwork; you need to be organised.
- Motivation – in most fitness roles, you are your clients’ key motivator, which means you must focus on the positive and work out what drives your clients.
- Difficult clients – there are difficult clients in every career, but in fitness you are working with people and their goals; this is personal and can feed emotion.
- Flexibility – in many roles, you get to choose your own hours and work around your other commitments.
- Diversity – we will say it again! There are lots of different role types and it is totally possible to pivot and change throughout your working career.
- Specialisation – within most areas of fitness, there is the opportunity to specialise. This allows you to become an expert in your field.
Interested in finding out more about the fitness roles available in your area? Click here to check out our job search platform!