7 Reasons to Become a Personal Trainer

7 Reasons to Become a Personal Trainer

Before you move onto making a big career move, you need to gather information and see if you really want this.

Some people spend years getting the best certification, trying to build a name for themselves and start making a decent income, just to realize that they aren’t truly passionate about it and want to give up.

The same goes for personal training. You may love fitness and work out regularly, but dedicating the rest of your life to start a career as a personal trainer is another thing. You need to give it some thought now and know it in your heart before you start investing your time, effort and focus.

The why in this case is more important than the how. As once you’ve taken the decision and are clear about what you want, nothing will stop you.

So if you’re in doubt, here are some reasons to become a personal trainer:

1. You’re already spending most of your time in the gym.

The most practical thing then would be to just start making money there and building your expertise. It won’t feel like work, you’ll be in an environment that feels comfortable and will be enjoying every minute of it.

2. You want to help others transform their bodies and lives.

It gives you true satisfaction to see other people’s transformations. You read about it, watch it in the gym and admire those who are consistent, while feeling bad about the ones who give up early on.

You want to encourage the latter, to let them know that it takes time but it’s worth it.

If you feel this way, it’s your mission to be a personal trainer and make a difference.

3. You want to keep improving your physique and learn more about fitness and nutrition.

You’re eager to keep doing what you love and taking it to the next level. A career in personal training can be the answer. You’re definitely not the type that would sit in an office from 9 to 5 and do something you don’t like.

You aren’t just active and excited when in the gym, but also when talking with other trainers about techniques and challenges, reading about muscle growth, exploring different natural supplements and experimenting with different diets and training programs.

All that will be your duty if you do get a job in the industry.

4. It’s rewarding.

You’ll consider yourself happy once you’re doing what you love for a living. What’s more, you’ll be changing people’s lives.

You’ll see some individuals that are unhealthy, in a bad shape and with no self-esteem turn into confident, active and good looking people ready to live life to the fullest. And it will be your reward as much as theirs.

5. You’re in excellent shape.

If that’s so, then you know how you got there and must be willing to share that with others who want to look like you.

6. You’ve created fitness programs for family and friends.

That’s a sign you enjoy helping them get in shape, are creative, know what works best for each individual and even have experience in personal training.

These can be your first clients, your portfolio and the ones who will support you and refer people to you.

7. You’re passionate about being fit and living a healthy lifestyle.

Everyone should follow their passion. And if you’ve found yours, you’re lucky. So many people are still without a direction and have no meaning in their days.

The best way to make that passion a permanent part of your life is to turn it into your career. So starting a job as a personal trainer – while having the opportunity to get better at what you do, charge more, train important people, have your own gym or brand one day – is the dream.

Now that you’re not in doubt anymore, what step will you take today to make that a reality?

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How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money

How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money - Interview with R.J. Weiss from TheWaystoWealth.com

This is an interview-style post with R.J. Weiss from The Ways to Wealth.

Hey R.J. What’s your background and what do you do?

I blog about all things personal finance at The Ways to Wealth.

Before I went full-time into blogging, I spent ten years in the financial services industry. Specifically, helping families buy the right type of life insurance.

During my time with a full-time job, I’ve always had different side hustles going on. From freelance writing, Amazon FBA, conversion rate optimization, to website design — there were many projects I pursued outside of work.

How did you start your career in finance?

I got started in finance straight out of college working for my the family insurance business. As I love the financial planning side of things, I choose to specialize in life insurance planning. This led me down the path to obtaining the CFP® Certification.

What made you start blogging?

The Ways to Wealth, which I started in 2016, has been my 5th blog.

The others mostly fizzled out most due to a lack of interest. But, in 2009 I started a personal finance blog called GenYWealth.com (no longer around) that had some success.

The idea GenYwealth.com was to write about what I was learning about studying to take the CFP®. The blog was, by all means, a success. I was able to gain valuable knowledge, pass the CFP® exam, earn some extra money and build up a good community.

I then took this knowledge and started a business blog, which allowed the insurance agency I was working for to generate leads.

I started The Ways to Wealth because my passion is personal finance–from investing to travel hacking, I love the challenge of optimizing my finances.

How was The Ways to Wealth born?

I didn’t have much of a plan for starting The Ways to Wealth when I purchased the domain name.

I was actually thinking it would be a niche site, which was inspired by Pat Flynn’s niche site duel. Then, I came across the income reports of Michelle Schroeder-Gardner and wisely changed direction to a more traditional blog.

This change came about 6-months after starting to blog.  I did a timeline of the site in one of my income reports.

What worked best when trying to grow the site?

I had a decent knowledge of SEO. So at first, I started growing the site with email outreach. One of the first posts I had about best investing books of all time, had about 15 links to it.

This was nice to start with but was quite slow to build up, as it can take a while to earn Google’s trust.

The big turning point came when I started to understand Pinterest. I spent a few frustrating weeks on the platform, then it finally started paying dividends.

I went from about 100 sessions a day to 1,000, which was huge for me at the time.

How did you get to 3 million monthly viewers on Pinterest?

the ways to wealth pinterest 3 million monthly views

I lay out my Pinterest strategy here. But at the core the idea is to:

1) Write high-quality content that Pinners want to click through, read, and share.

2) Pin to my own and high-quality group boards, with a keyword-rich description.

3) Continue to Pin my best pins across my own boards/group boards, ruthlessly eliminating Pins that don’t perform well.

One thing to keep in mind is impressions don’t mean much on Pinterest. What counts are clicks to your website. So, you want to design not for impressions but clicks.

What aspects of the online business are you outsourcing or automating and how?

The first thing I outsourced was Pinterest design. I’ll design about 30-40 pins a month, so this was big time saver for me.

Of course, it took some work to get going. At first, I hired 5 or so people on Fiverr. I found one decent designer but the work quality deteriorated over time.

I then went to Upwork and posted a job for a  graphic designer. I found a great team down in Argentina, who I’m very happy with.

I’m currently experimenting with working with a ghostwriter. A few of my latest posts have been transcribed from my recording, with the ghostwriter making sense of it all.

I can compile about 3 posts in 90 minutes, then take another 90 or so minutes to prepare them. Saving me around 3-4 hours per post this way.

What’s your main income stream and why do you think it works for you?

My main source of income for the blog is affiliate revenue. It works because the partners I do have are high-quality businesses, who deliver value and solve real problems. This makes it easy to naturally link to such a partner.

When did you start making more than $10K/month and what was the turning point?

My first month over $10K was in January of 2018. In December of 2017, income was around $3,000 and in July of 2017 around $500. So, it was definitely a jump.

What happened then in January?

First, personal finance is at its peak interest in January.

Second, I had multiple Pins go viral.

Third, in November I started driving traffic via Facebook to the site. So, in January I could take campaigns I’d been fine-tuning for a few weeks and scale them.

How do you balance work and family life?

I have a routine I stick to Monday through Friday.

When inside of my designated working hours, I work. When outside of these hours, I’m not.

This is a lot easier said than done. But the thing important for me is not to take work everywhere I go. This means I don’t have any apps on my phone that are work-related (email, analytics, etc..)

What are you 3 best finance tips for newbies?

  • Focus on your savings rate. How much you save is the most important decision you’ll make.
  • Small incremental improvements add up over time. My favorite example is increasing your savings rate 1% every quarter, means you’ll be saving 20% of your income in just 5 years.
  • Study happiness. Become a student on how to increase your level of happiness. The natural result is you’ll want less overtime, making the game of personal finance a lot easier to win.

What books, blogs or podcasts help you stay motivated along the way of growing an online business?

I read a fair amount to keep fresh ideas in my head.

My favorite podcast is The Tim Ferriss Show.

Two blogs I enjoy reading are:

Farnam Street
Barking up the Wrong Tree

And as far as books. I try to read one a week. A few books I would recommend to online entrepreneurs would be:

Deep Work by Cal Newport
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

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