Getting a Job in Fitness: How to Turn your Passion into a Career

So you’ve decided to turn your passion for fitness into a career.

We’re all for it. The fitness industry is an exciting sector to be in, with a range of opportunities to find work you really love.

If you don’t know where to start, we’ve got you covered. From studying the right fitness courses to building up your experience in the workplace—here’s what you need to do.

Start your research

Do you want to be a fitness instructor or a personal trainer?

This is one of the first questions you want to ask yourself. Before you decide which qualifications you need, it’s important to think about the capacity in which you want to work in the industry.

This way, you’ll know if you need to do a fitness certificate, or a personal training course online. It’s all about mapping out how you can achieve your career goals in a way that’s most convenient for you.

Fitness certificates usually prepare you for two main roles: fitness instructors (or gym instructors) and personal trainers. While they are both similar, there are a couple of differences to point out.

If you become a fitness instructor after your fitness training course, you will be:

  • Showing people how to use gym equipment correctly
  • Leading and motivating groups in exercise activities, strength training and stretching
  • Writing and choreographing your own fitness programmes
  • Monitoring progress and giving advice about health and fitness.

On the other hand, personal trainers are more focused on helping individual clients with their training, nutrition, wellbeing and personal goals. They need higher-level qualifications, and will often be self-employed or run their own business.

Put simply, fitness instructors are usually at the start of their career, so the scope of their abilities is smaller. This is why many people look into online fitness courses to become personal trainers, as they’re likely to already be working.

Get the right qualifications

A Certificate III in Fitness SIS30315 will help prepare you for work as a fitness instructor. This is a nationally recognised qualification, and like several fitness certificates on offer, is one of the first courses you’ll need to start your career.

A Certificate IV in Fitness SIS40215 will lay the groundwork for you to become a fully-fledged personal trainer. With a fitness trainer course like this under your belt, you’ll be more employable and have more career options.

Once you decide which qualifications you need, you’ll have to figure out which method of study suits you best. Some providers offer online fitness courses, which can be a great option if you work full-time, live somewhere remote or have a lot of family commitments.

On the other hand, if you’re more comfortable learning in a classroom environment, then face-to-face study might be the way to go.

Our fitness courses are a great place to start. With personalised support and expert trainers, you’ll learn what it takes to get your career underway—no matter what path you go down.  

Build up your experience

Like in any industry, the more experience you have, the more opportunities you’ll get. Along the way, you’ll develop a clearer sense of what you want to achieve.

So how do you get started?

This depends on what qualifications you have. With a Certificate III in Fitness SIS30315 or Certificate IV in Fitness SIS40215, your first step might be to approach fitness centres or gyms and apply for a job.

However, the breadth of opportunity is substantial. With a fitness course like those mentioned, you can find work in hospitals, schools, universities, sports organisations, sports teams, elderly homes and more.  

As a personal trainer, you can even think about starting your own business. In this case, working at a gym or fitness centre at the start of your career can be smart move.

Not only will you learn how the industry works, you’ll also build up a network of potential clients. You’ll also be able to speak with other personal trainers about their journey after their fitness training course.  

As your career progresses and you gain more experience, chances are you’ll find yourself enjoying working in specific areas. It could be with the elderly, on sports teams or with weight-loss clients—it’s up to you.

Either way, finding a niche is how you can really start fuelling your passion—working with clients and colleagues who share similar interests and goals as you do.

Invest in your niche

Working in fitness is exciting. It’s a constantly evolving industry, with new research and training methods popping up all the time.

Staying on top of trends will not only keep your passion burning, it will expand your fitness toolkit to help clients achieve their goals. Online fitness courses are a great way to keep abreast of what’s new in the industry, at a time that suits you best.

If you’re thinking of making the move to self-employment, it’s also worth looking into Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses. From basic accounting to management, there are plenty of short courses available that will help you run and grow a small business.

Turning your passion for fitness into a career doesn’t happen overnight. But it’s easier than you might think.

If you’re keen to know more about what you can study at the Academy of Sport, get in touch on 1300 66 58 43 to chat about your goals and options.