It seems a bit unfair but most of us discover true passion later in our lives. We go through our teenage years not knowing what career path to take. We spend our twenties working in professions which pay our bills. Years passing by and we are in our thirties or forties and then discover something which makes us truly happy.
The natural question at that stage is – is it too late for me to change my career? Does it make sense to start something completely new?
There are a lot of reasons for which you should follow your dreams at any given point of your life. Living fulfilled, happy life changes everything around you – for better.
What is the average age of a personal trainer?
Latest research revealed that the average age of a Personal Trainer in the UK is thirty-eight. Trainer and coaches in their thirties and forties are the vast majority of fitness professionals in this country.
Some of them are of course professionals who started their career in their early twenties but there is a strong group of PTs who just started and have found their success relatively fast.
These middle-age personal trainers will be active in their fifties and sixties – PTing really can be a life-long career if you know what you are doing.
Becoming a personal trainer at 40 (and over)
There are several benefits of actually starting your career in your forties, fifties or sixties. The main one is life experience which comes with age and can’t be taught on university or course. It gives you a serious advantage over younger personal trainer wannabes. It allows you to avoid mistakes which are associated with youth.
Being slightly older makes you more organised and focused. Usually you know your strengths and weaknesses better and you can manage them to your advantage.
Most likely you have failed in something once or twice and you’ve learned your lessons. This knowledge becomes crucial when running your own PT business.
Most of the time you are taken more seriously by your clients as mature look adds you some authority.
At your age you most likely know what you want and are more willing to stick to it until the moment you succeed.
Very often you have a lot of fitness experience – you spent years working out on the gym helping friends to achieve their fitness goals. This will pay off when training your own clients.
A lot of your clients will be in their 30s, 40s or older. Think about it – who can afford private PT sessions? Clients with well-established careers and solid income stream, of course. Most of the time they will be in their middle-ages and prefer to have someone their age (or older) training them. People who just started their adventure with fitness prefer to train with someone they can relate to.
Experience gained from your previous jobs pays of as well. Any knowledge gained in marketing, sales or customer service areas would give you some serious advantage over younger PTs.
Becoming a Personal Trainer in your fifties and sixties
We discussed some benefits of starting PT career in your thirties and forties but what about older generation?
Should you consider PT career when you are fifty or older?
The answer is – yes. You shouldn’t be discouraged despite the fact the nature of your work will be a bit different.
Most of the time you will have to tap into different market and gain qualifications which allow you to work with broader range of clientele.
You may not attract younger clients straight away, especially without necessary experience (although it is perfectly possible even at your age). Most of the time, you will start with clients who are around your age. You will prepare training and nutritional plans which are suitable for them. Very often their fitness goals will be different to these of younger person.
You are more likely to build a rapport with older clients as you will understand their age-related limitations and anxieties. You will be able to offer experience younger PTs won’t have.
Naturally you don’t have to confine yourself to this demographic only. It is perfectly normal for older personal trainers to train younger clients. Age is not one of the personal trainer qualities. These qualities are knowledge, motivational skills and enthusiasm.
Is there a demand for older personal trainers?
Clients over 60 are the most frequent gym goers. Gym offers them opportunity to improve their fitness and health but also is a place where they can socialise with their peers. They are a group of clients who are willingly seeking personal trainer services. Most of them are in favour of having a personal trainer closer to their age. Gym owners have identified the trend and are more willing to employ mature personal trainer than ever before.
Are there any disadvantages to starting your PT career late?
If you are over 30 there is a good chance that you have certain commitments which make things a bit more complicated. It is very likely you have started your own family or have other responsibility which will make you think twice before pursuing fitness opportunities.
If becoming a personal trainer is something you really want your age shouldn’t stop you. Fitness industry is growing constantly – 3.4% between 2012 and 2017. Over 14 million UK citizens were involved in fitness one way or another. Number of gyms and health clubs increases every year. According to Leisure DB fitness industry is continuing to grow. It has more clubs, more members and a greater market value than ever before.
No matter what you age is there is a room for you on the market. You can start your career as a personal trainer at any stage of your life and enjoy the success.