The fast pace of modern lifestyle has led to an unimaginable amount of physical and psychological stress on human body and mind. So, the demand for trained fitness instructors has increased manifold. Growing health and fitness awareness has given birth to this career option. Modern work environment has got us hooked to computers and latest technologies and has left a little scope for exercise and workout. This has resulted in a large section of the society, especially metropolitans, falling prey to diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, hypertension, and so on.
The concept of fitness has undergone a revolutionary change. Fitness has emerged both as a lucrative business opportunity and a sustainable career option. It is not just the elite class and the rich who want to stay fit but a major chunk of population is bitten by this fitness bug. Physical fitness is not just about staying healthy it is also about looking good and leading an active life.
Fitness industry is turning very competitive, though its not mandatory to have a certificate but its better to get quality training so that you can out do your competitors. Training options are varied. You have to be a 10+2 in any background, you can opt for a regular academic program in Physical Education from an institute such as the Indira Gandhi Institute of Physical Education and Sports Sciences (IGIPESS), New Delhi, Lakshmibai National College of Physical Education to name a few.
If you want to delve deeper into the realm of physical education and allied subjects, you have the choice to seek a doctorate degree in this field. It is strongly advisable to constantly keep in touch with the latest research in this area, state-of-the-art training equipment, nutrition related studies to survive long in this industry.
The fitness industry is undergoing a phase of boom .There is no dearth of employment opportunities for qualified fitness instructors. There are ample positions for trainers in schools, colleges and universities. Fitness instructors who have earned a postgraduate degree or any other higher qualification can also apply for teaching jobs in different colleges and educational bodies. You can start your own gymnasium or a health club or work exclusively as a personal fitness trainer for some celebrity. There is also an option to work with five star hotels to innumerable health resorts, spas, sports and fitness clubs.
The opportunities are simply unending. Based on knowledge of human anatomy, diet, nutrition and other health related matters, trainers assess their client's fitness level and help them achieve their fitness goals. A fitness chart is prepared depending on their age, weight, and physical conditions. Personal trainers work with clients on a one-on-one basis in either a gym or the client's home. While some trainers specialize in specific areas such as aerobics or weights training, others are veritable all-rounders.
Starting salaries can be low, but your earnings grow fast once you have built a reputation. Keep developing your skills and adding to your knowledge by taking up different courses. Other than this, adventure tourism is another non-desk option that you could explore.
1. BFY (Better Fitness for You)
207, Kalbadevi Road, 1st Floor,
Mumbai, Maharashtra - 400002
Contact: 022-22413636/ 22408320
2. Indira Gandhi Institute of Physical Education
B-Block, Vikaspuri, New Delhi-110015
3. Lakshmibai National College of Physical Education
Kerala - 695581
4. TamilNadu Physical Education and Sports University
8th Floor, EVK Sampath Maaligai Bldg College Road
Nungambakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu- 600006
5. GFFI Fitness Academy
35, NWA, Punjabi Bagh Club Road
West Punjabi Bagh, New Delhi-110026
6. Ramjas College
Note: This information is being summarised from the information provided by institutes offering those courses.