Market is full of fitness education institutes, both in India & International. Some are excellent and have been the pioneers of fitness education around the world. Then there are some amazing institutes, which are quite new, but are giving a different perspective to the field of fitness education. In addition to these, are many outright junk institutes, which are best avoided, and are there only to earn a quick buck, with no intention to provide a learning value to the student.
Now, please understand that, ultimately, profit making is a big part of the strategy for fitness institute, and they must do that to grow, and sustain in the long run. Couple of decades back, one could hardly find a handful of courses in the field of fitness and nutrition. But with rising demand in this field, new and more advance courses have been introduced to better equip and upgrade the professional, who is interested in enhancing his learning.
However, there are three very major aspect which needs to be understood:
- The days of a Personal Trainer is over. The days are long gone, when a trainer knew nothing more than a handful of exercises, and little tit-bits of nutrition. As the people are advancing into a more informed and technology driven world, every profession is touching the pinnacle of expertise, and so is fitness. People today don’t want a trainer, but a coach, who knows his/her field thoroughly. A coach is supposed to be a personal trainer, nutritionist, strength coach, rehab coach, and much more, all combined in one.
- More is not always better here. Better is Better. There are literally hundreds of certifications and courses, and there is no end to how many courses you can do. But the question which arises is, that will these courses really transform into better earning for the coach? Will it help multiply his income sources?
- A very important but neglected thought is that, each course costs you a lot of money. Good fitness courses don’t come cheap. Cheap courses surely are cheap. If you want to do a major certification from a reputed institute, it can be anywhere in the range of 25k-100k. This type of money is not easy for a basic trainer to pay, that too for multiple courses.
Keeping the three aspects in mind, I have divided the career progression of a coach into 5 parts. All these parts are vital for your career progression and will help you in multiplying your income. These parts have many subdivisions, which again we will discuss about in length.
These 5 parts are:
- 8 BASIC SPECIALIZATIONS FOR A COACH
- YOU DON’T NEED A CERTIFICATION IN THESE
- GOOD KNOWLEDGE IS A MUST IN THESE SUBJECTS
- EQUIPMENT YOU MUST LEARN TO USE
- OPTIONS AS A FITNESS PROFESSIONAL TO MULTIPLY YOUR INCOME
We will now discuss them in detail…
8 BASIC SPECIALIZATIONS FOR A COACH
There is no limit to the amount of major & minor certifications, or continuing education courses, you can do. The more you do, more vast the knowledge. But, these courses cost money, and they don’t come cheap.
I have done tons of major and minor courses in different subjects, and found that there are certain basic and advance specializations, which are excellent for equipping a fitness professional for his future.
Here are the 8 basic & advance specializations for a fitness professional, which according to me, will give a solid base to his/her career:
- Basic Personal Trainer Course
- Strength & Conditioning/Performance Enhancement
- Corrective Exercise Specialization
- Nutrition/Sports Nutrition
- Youth/Children Fitness Specialist
- Senior/Older Adults Fitness Specialist
- Medical Exercise/Exercise Therapy/Special Population Specialisation
- Sports Supplement Specialization
YOU DON’T NEED A CERTIFICATION IN THESE
As I told you there is no dearth to the amount of major & minor certifications, & continuing certification courses you can do. But, I have realized over the years, that you need some strong names to make your resume impressive. But there is a difference in education & certification. Education is a lifelong process, but you don’t need a certification in everything you study.
There are any subjects & specializations, which are great to study through books, but spending money for a certification may not be a wise decision:
- Multiple Nutrition Certifications
- Bodybuilding Certifications
- Group Fitness Certification
- Transformation Specialist
- Health Coach Certifications
- Behaviour Change Certification
- Weight Loss/Weight Management Certification
- Women’s Fitness Certification
- Functional Training Certification
- Sports Specific Certifications (Golf, MMA, kickboxing etc.)
- Master Personal Trainer Certification
- Biomechanics/Core/Speed & Agility
- Kinesiology/ Biomechanics/ Flexibility