July 27, 2011 6:43 pm at 6:43 pm #598254
anyone know/ have an opinion on personal training for women–what the demand is out there in the jewish world, how successful it can be as a part time job?July 27, 2011 6:56 pm at 6:56 pm #791089
thanks anyway…July 27, 2011 7:00 pm at 7:00 pm #791090charliehallParticipant
In general, to be successful in a personal service business, you have to be able to charge a lot which means you need quite wealthy clients and need to work very hard, with long hours. I don’t know about personal training specifically but I can’t imagine it would be any different.
Good luck!July 27, 2011 7:40 pm at 7:40 pm #791091
Very successful, and lots of fun. If you are the athletic type, you can write your own ticket. But nothing part time will net you tons of $$$. Like any service, factoring in travel between clients, a conservative estimate of hours you can expect to clock (and make a decent ammt of money) is somewhere between 50-60 per week.July 27, 2011 7:51 pm at 7:51 pm #791092
I would only want this as a part time job. hopefully my other jobs will be nutrition and getting married etc. I want to do it bec. i love it, not neccesarily for $$. But do you know if theres a need out there? would ppl hire a personal trainer? (Women/girls)July 27, 2011 7:54 pm at 7:54 pm #791093Baruch Hashem1Participant
i know this is a little off topic…but i am considering becoming a dietitian/nutritionist. can any registered dietitians (or someone with similar jobs) let me know about it. i also want to know about a good program where i get a degree. How long is the schooling…im looking for the shortest option. thanksJuly 27, 2011 8:48 pm at 8:48 pm #791095zahavasdadParticipant
There is something called Zumba which is very popular now. Perhaps some frum Zumba classes might work
I dont know exactly what is it, but I know its some sort of Aerobics dancingJuly 27, 2011 9:42 pm at 9:42 pm #791096dvorakMember
if you want to do it part time, maybe you could work with small groups- that way you can get more paying customers without the hours. There was a lady in my area who was doing this awhile ago- giving aerobics classes. She did pretty well- between all the girls in shidduchim, and all the married ladies having babies, lots of frum women are looking to lose weight and many need someone to help them along.July 27, 2011 9:52 pm at 9:52 pm #791097
I would think a fair price for a personal trainer to charge is $40 per hour. Figure on a 2 hour session, 3 clients a day, 4 days a week.
Groups are more efficent, but the money is in catering to the rich and beautiful (or those who have the $ and want to convince themselves they are beautiful).
Marketing is crucial. Don’t focus on health. Keep the emphasis on looks and energy. Those are words that get peoples attention.
If its practical, get them to meet you in a park, so they can see what goal they are aiming for. Nothing motivates a person like the competetion!July 27, 2011 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm #791098mommamia22Participant
I hired a personal trainer years ago to come to my home, but it was someoneI knew from the gym. I think I paid about $50 an hour. I don’t see people hiring for two hours at a time. Training is usually about toning and strength training and typically doesn’t exceed one hour. Some may want to do cardio also, but they may opt to split the one hour to half cardio and half toning to keep the price down (or they’ll do the cardio on their own time). I wouldn’t hire a trainer who has no experience, so I’d suggest you start there. Find a few friends who want to work out and give them a super break for a few sessions each ($15-20/hour). Try to market to those interested in training privately who can afford to pay. Advertise in Sephardic publications and other ones that are given out for free in stores (more exposure). Try luach.com. If this is a side interest, you haven’t much to lose.July 27, 2011 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm #791099mommamia22Participant
I want to add that I think there may be a market for trainers amongst women who are too intimidated to go to a gym and who need someone to help them. You might want to try going to your local weight watchers center and asking if there is a board where you can post an advertisement.July 28, 2011 12:47 am at 12:47 am #791100minyan galMember
rfs: If people are going to pay 40-50 dollars an hour, they want a certified fitness trainer. Certified trainers take studies in kinesiology, exercise physiology, psychology and variety of other topics and then they write a certification exam. It certainly isn’t something that you can just decide that you would like to do. Incidentally, you likely must also be certified in at least CPR, if not in ACLS (advanced cardiac life support).July 28, 2011 3:13 am at 3:13 am #791101
If you are really qualified, i would be interested in taking you at least twice a week….and continue recommending you to others.July 28, 2011 2:14 pm at 2:14 pm #791102
Obviously i would get certified–the reason i asked is because im looking into various programs, but want to know, before i spend time and money, if it worth it. bpt–what does “meet in a park” mean?July 28, 2011 5:01 pm at 5:01 pm #791103
I had no idea the personal trainers are as qualified as MG noted (mostly because I never used one)
That said, you can still offer your service as a trainer, and charge 10-20% less than the professionals do, untill you get the necessary training.
As long as you are honest about what you can and cannot offer, there is a market.
What I meant by “meet in park” was instead of training indoors, an outdoor park will give the client a chance to see what she can aspire to, if she sticks to a training regiment.
By the way, another untapped market is outdoor day trips for frum women. If you can provide transportation, you can take a paying group to a park like Harriman or Bear Mountain (if you’re in the NYC area). There are trails of all abilites, and most can be done in under 3 hours.
(If all else fails, you can alway take them to Woodbury Commons. Nothing works you harder than hand-to-hand combat, and WC is the shopping bootcamp 🙂July 28, 2011 5:53 pm at 5:53 pm #791104
haha. does that present a tznius issue? i wouldnt want to offend anyone by intorducing something seen as a a breach in tzniusJuly 28, 2011 5:57 pm at 5:57 pm #791105
” does that present a tznius issue? “
Does what present an issue? The park? The competition? The concept of competing / measuring yourself against the secular world in terms of health and fitness?July 28, 2011 6:05 pm at 6:05 pm #791106
all. jk (even though im sure some people WOULD complain about all of the above) i was referring to the outdoor thing–women exercising out doors, in a park. in public
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