There has been a revolution in gyms around the world! Gone are the days when women were expected to have a skinny ‘bikini body’, these days it’s all about being fit, strong, confident and curvy!
With the rising popularity of world famous female athletes including Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, and Ronda Rousey spreading messages of body positivity and un-ashamedly owning their strong physiques, women everywhere are jumping at the chance to gain fitness, strength and flexibility in the gym while loving their body shape, embracing their curves and turning their passion into careers!
Social media can also be thanked for creating an inspirational platform for everyday women that are passionate about fitness to reach out to other like-minded females. And it’s no surprise more women are turning to each other for body inspo and fitness motivation!
There has been a huge growth of women dominating the fitness industry thanks to YouTube channels and Instagram pages dedicated to the education and motivation of women in gyms. As a result, there are more women than ever lifting weights and gaining strength rather than just doing the dreaded cardio in order to keep a slender figure. And while there is of course nothing wrong at all with having this body type, it’s encouraging to see that women are more comfortable then ever creating the body types that they
want, whatever shape that may be. (It’s no coincidence that there are more than 6 million #StrongNotSkinny posts on Instagram!)
With all of this in mind, it’s hardly surprising that more woman than ever are deciding to evolve their fitness passions and turn them into careers by studying to become personal trainers.
Benefits of hiring a female PT:
A lot of women dread going to the gym, especially to use the weights area, if they are new to the whole experience and don’t really know what to use and how to use it.
Having a trainer there to guide you not only makes sure you are using the equipment safely, they’ll also show you how to make the most of your time at the gym.
Hiring a female PT can help you feel more comfortable if you are un-happy in your current appearance. There might be some exercises that you may feel more comfortable talking about with a member of the same gender (like a glute bridge for example) and since you’ll feel more comfortable performing the exercises, you’ll get more out of your workout!
Although we should mention, it’s not just women who hire female PTs - many men prefer working with a woman as well! They may feel less intimidated working out with a female PT than their male counterparts. Essentially, it’s all about finding the right balance between you and your trainer.
Most personal trainers choose to go freelance and enjoy the many benefits that go along with being your own boss (like choosing your own working days and hours).
You can also earn more money by becoming a freelance PT rather than working for a gym or health club directly.
Thinking of taking your own PT business freelance? Here’s a helpful guide on what to charge your clients.
Things to think about when you’re hiring a PT:
- What are your weaknesses when it comes to exercising?
- What are your fitness goals?
- What type of training will your PT need to offer?
- Who will get you motivated to succeed?
Depending on your fitness goals, you may need to send your trainer progress pictures (for example for a fitness competition) so they can keep an eye on your physique as it changes. This can involve showing a lot of skin, and many women will feel uncomfortable sharing that with a male trainer!
It’s been a tough struggle in the past, but women are finally freeing themselves from the stereotypes that often came with the idea of ladies in gyms, thankfully there are plenty of passionate and fierce women who have dedicated their careers to challenging this stigma!
It’s inspiring to see how much female empowerment has changed in the last decade alone in the fitness industry. What was once a very male dominated area is now becoming increasingly evened out.
There are now more women than ever inspiring other women to reach for their goals and dreams and we have an increasing wealth of knowledge to tap into from books, magazines, social media platforms, YouTube videos and blogs.
How do I get started?
Many personal trainers love their job because of the satisfaction they get back from helping other people to look and feel great about themselves, it’s life changing for them and will leave you feeling happy at the end of each day!
First off, decide how you want to learn. You may like to take a course in a training academy with other students, or, if you are pushed for time and would prefer to study around your other commitments, an online e-learning course
might be the better option for you.
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