The fitness industry is one of the most dynamic and exciting industries to work with. In the past 10 years, it has experience unprecedented growth in the Philippines. More fitness facilities are opening-up offering a mind-boggling variety of workouts and exercise programs and more people are oriented towards a fit and healthy lifestyle. As the industry continues to grow, there is a need for more fitness professionals who are equipped with the right knowledge and know-how. Just like other professions, being a fitness instructor requires more than just physical strength and a good physique. Exercise programming is a science and demands both theoretical and practical knowledge. In the Philippines, the closest one can get to an exercise degree is sports science. However, most people who want to be fitness instructors realize they want to be one when have already graduated from college and are working in another profession. If you are one of those fitness enthusiasts who want to turn your passion to a profession, here’s a guide that will help you understand what you need to be a fitness professional.
Take an Instructors Course. While learning through experience has its benefits, learning the science behind what you do in the gym is necessary. Taking a comprehensive training course is an essential first step. In choosing a course, pick one that offers both classroom and practical learning. It should offer modules on human anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and kinesiology, exercise programming, assessments, coaching, ethics, and professionalism. The Fitness Instructors Course (FIC) of the Gold’s Gym Fitness Institute Philippines, for example, runs for 15 weeks and includes on-the-job training at selected Gold’s Gym branches. Modules are taught by professionals backed by years of industry experience and credentials. Classes are held once a week on weekends, which is convenient for those who are working.
Get Certified. Getting a certification from a reputable institution such as the American Council on Exercise (ACE) is an affirmation of you being equipped with fundamental knowledge necessary to being a fitness professional. ACE offers certifications in Personal Training, Group Exercise, Health Coaching, among others. Fortunately, one need not go abroad to take the examination as the Gold’s Gym Fitness Institute Philippines hosts certification examinations for ACE.
Continue Your Education. The science of fitness is always changing. As technology and research is constantly improving, new information is always emerging. In addition, in today’s world, being fitness professional means more than knowing how to assess clients and design programs. It requires knowledge and skill in motivational coaching, nutrition, and business, among others. Regularly attending workshops and seminars will keep you up to date with the latest fitness studies and trends while enhancing your current skills and knowledge. If you hold a certification, you would also need to obtain continuing education credits (CECs) from approved institutions such as the Gold’s Gym Fitness Philippines. You can also learn a new program such as suspension training or functional fitness. In choosing a workshop or seminar, make sure that the resource persons are true experts in their fields and have impeccable credentials. The Gold’s Gym Fitness Institute Philippines offer workshops with international presenters such as Jeremy Strom and Lawrence Biscontini.
While all the above will give you the necessary skills and knowledge to be a fitness professional and stay as one, it is just as important that you actually put into practice what you have learned. Get as much experience as you can. Observe other instructors. If you can, get mentored by a more experience and credentialed professional. Workout and try new things you learned on yourself. Theory and experience work hand-in-hand together. Now is a good time to be a fitness professional. The industry is evolving and opportunities are unlimited and exciting. More importantly, being a fitness professional gives you the chance to change the lives of others positively.
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The Gold’s Gym Fitness Institute Philippines is the educational arm of Gold’s Gym Philippines. Established in 2008, it has since turned-out fitness professionals with successful careers both here and abroad. For more information about the Fitness Instructors Course, workshops, seminars, and certifications, send an email to Earl Jimenez at firstname.lastname@example.org.