Genesis Health Club Personal Training Manager and Sage Fitness Career Partner, Sam Merza, is a passionate advocate of personal development through exercise. Super-motivated, Sam is deeply inspired to become a leading mentor for the best of Australian personal trainers. Here, he shares his views on the fitness industry, employment options and career satisfaction…
Running your own fitness business can be scary, daunting; like you’ve thrust yourself into some long dark alley with no clue how to get through to the other side. But if fitness is your passion and your passion is calling you, why would you want to do anything else?
After all, do you want to live your dream, or someone else’s?
When I ask my clients about their work, they usually tell me, “It pays the bills, but I don’t love it”. These are high earning, intelligent individuals but they persevere with jobs that they don’t like.
Conversely, when my personal trainers talk about their work, I usually hear, “I love my work, and I am passionate about it. It makes the 4 AM wake-ups bearable”. Sure, we can all have a bad week as a PT, but the next one rarely disappoints. Of course, this picture just tells the basic story, but it makes me grateful for doing what I do – and being able to help so many people while still paying the bills.
It surprises me that the number of Personal Trainers continuing past their first year is frighteningly low (10 to 15%). Even those that do stay in the game aren’t reaching a six-figure earning potential, with most earning around $50,000.
What is going on? Is it the industry that’s tough or are the individuals failing themselves? I believe both are partly to blame. Yes, there are parts of the industry that make it hard for individuals to achieve success. But it’s not impossible. Far too often, I see personal trainers blame the industry for their shortcomings, rather than looking at ways to make a success of their career.
To succeed in this industry, it’s up to you to learn the necessary technical and business skills to succeed. I believe it doesn’t matter what area of health and fitness you choose to pursue. Whatever you choose, you can make a success of your business by proving your value to your clients.
The Sage Fitness course offers you the support and skills to succeed, but only if you are willing to learn. Placement hours offer you the opportunity to learn and grow, but only if you have the attitude and enthusiasm to make the most of them.
Open yourself up to learning everything you can, in both business and fitness, listen to your teachers, and stay motivated. Clubs such as Genesis give you everything you need to flourish, but it takes YOU to make it successful.
Find your goal and work your glutes off to get there. It’s far more rewarding staying in a job that you love than spending the rest of your life in a job that you hate.
What sets the successful apart from the rest is attitude, enthusiasm, support, skills, and a willingness to learn. These are the lights that will guide you down that long dark alley that looked so foreboding when you first jumped in.
Sam Merza, Genesis Health Club Regional PT Manager.
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