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Top 5 Tips for Getting a Start in the Fitness Industry : 17 Nov 2011

Following is a few points I recently put together for the Victorian Fitness Academy.

1. Start building a solid network of industry contacts.

The more industry people you have contact with, the greater the number of opportunities that will become available.

If starting your own business (eg. as a Personal Trainer), it's great to learn from people that have achieved what you want to achieve.

When you encounter obstacles in your career/business, your contacts will become a valuable tool for helping you overcome these set-backs.

2. Focus on the areas that are of interest to you.

"If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life."

Make the most of your interests and experiences, it's much easier than breaking into a completely new area.

Many of the most successful fitness businesses think 'outside the box' in ways and areas that no one had previously considered.

3. Do every task with enthusiasm, even if only for a short time.

The health and fitness industry is small and word travels fast. Get a reputation for being great!

Even if you dislike a job, do it well while you have to and change as soon as possible.

There are many roles in the industry that may not pay as well as you'd like but provide invaluable learning opportunities. ALL successful fitness industry people I have met have done their time in a lousy job.

4. Show your enthusiasm for ongoing education.

Certificate 4 should be viewed as simply the first step in your fitness accreditation.

Become a voracious reader. Include topics such as business, personal development, industry magazines and relevant blogs. Recommendations from others are a great place to start.

Beyond the additional skills ongoing education can provide, it simply looks great on your CV.

Don't forget, it's all tax deductible.

5. Become familiar with sales.

An ability to sell can make the difference between a good business and a great business.

Many of the larger employers will provide industry leading training. This is a great opportunity to develop skills you can use in any field.

The most successful Personal Trainers I've met were not necessarily the most qualified, but they were all great at sales

Would you add anything to this list? Please use the link below to comment.

Don't forget, if you know of anyone looking for staff please let me know. If we are able to provide a service I'll send you a $20 iTunes voucher to say 'thanks'. 

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