Mar 212012

You might be under the impression that becoming a Certified CrossFit Trainer is easy. In reality, earning a CrossFit Trainer salaryis part of a professional career in the fitness industry. There are many schools of fitness that one can choose to have as a career and as a professional you will have to decide if CrossFit is right for you.

There are a several kinds of fitness trainer programs within the health and fitness sector. For every trainer program you’ll find specialty areas that may assist you in furthering your career.  Many new trainers will only focus on the fundamental levels of certification and neglect the more specialized areas like CrossFit.

Without furthering your credentials and seeking other qualifications, you may find yourself struggling to keep up with other trainers in the market place.  Many successful trainers will go past the fundamental requirements of the fitness industry and expand their expertise to include areas like CrossFit.

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If you are planning to make being a CrossFit trainer your career path, you’ll need more than just the fundamental trainer program. A CrossFit Certification program can really stretch your abilities as a trainer and add greater value to the services you offer.
You can begin your fitness career with a basic fitness instructor course, which upon completion will qualify you to train clients.  After that you may pursue the next level of gym instructor, or level 2 courses to gain more knowledge of health and fitness.  When you feel as though you have a working knowledge on the body and overall health you can decide to specialize with a CrossFit Trainer Certification.

How To Become a CrossFit Trainer

CrossFit is a program that combines strength training and conditioning for a functional workout that benefits the entire body. People from a variety of backgrounds including elite athletes, military personnel and martial artists participate in CrossFit.  The benefits of CrossFit include improved endurance, muscular strength and cardiovascular fitness. There are two levels of certification in the CrossFit program to help you specialize as a certified instructor.

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Step 1

Look for a CrossFit gym near you and take a few classes.  This will allow you to become familiar with the training style and the techniques used in an average CrossFit workout.

Step 2

Go to the CrossFit website to see a qualification workshop in your town. Complete the registration form for the Level 1 Certification course. Reserve your space by filling out the online application and submitting your payment.  No prior fitness certifications are necessary to become a CrossFit instructor so if you are just starting out you can jump right in.

Step 3
Attend the two-day workshop. Take part in work out demonstrations and take notes to prepare for the final test. Take and pass the 50 question multiple-choice exam
Step 4

Your official certification documents will arrive in the mail. You may now begin teaching CrossFit classes and start using CrossFit methods and workouts with one-on-one clients

Step 5
Consider taking the CrossFit Trainer Prep course to learn advanced training techniques. Find out more about the CrossFit methodology, designing programs, and learn ways to improve your overall coaching skills.

Step 6
Think about obtaining the CrossFit Stage 2 Certification after taking the Coach Prep course. Learn the new and advanced CrossFit techniques. Take part in a one-day assessment of your skills to earn your Level 2 Certification.

CrossFit Salary
An average CrossFit Trainer Salary is typically based on charging $15to $20 an one hour per person in a group class. You could earn $150-$300 per hour if you were to get 10 to 20 people to attend and pay $15 for a class. The industry is definitely headed in this direction.  Talk about time management! If could manage to coach four classes a day with 20 people per class, that comes out to $1200! The idea is always to work smarter, not harder, by properly managing your time.  Keep in mind these estimates do not include renting and maintaining a facility or business overhead.

Jul 272011

In order to become AFAA Group Exercise Certified you will need to take a full-day workshop. The workshop includes a review of AFAA exercise standards, the practical application of group exercise, and a question and answer period to assist you with passing the exam.

The workshop has some prerequisites, such as a bit of self-study before the program, some group exercise teaching experience, and being CPR/AED certified before your AFAA Group Exercise certification can be issued.

The one-day workshop costs $299 and includes the study guide, certification review, certification exams (both written and practical), and an AFA Certified Instructor certificate and I.D. card upon the successful completion of both exams.  You can register for an AFAA Group Exercise Certification workshop by visiting the AFAA website.

Jul 272011

You will need to study the ACE Group Fitness Instructor Manual and Study guide in order to pass the ACE Group Fitness Instructor Certification Exam.  You can purchase the Basic Group Fitness Instructor Home Study Program for $139.95 + $18 S&H from the ACE website or Amazon.

There are two options for taking the ACE Group Fitness Instructor Certification Exam.  The exam is administered in the traditional pencil and paper method or it can be completed online, which most people find to be more convenient.  The exam will cost $259.


Jul 272011

Group fitness instructors work with several clients at a time.  Instructors develop and lead classes in areas like cardiovascular, abs, strength, aerobics, spinning, and dance.  To be a group fitness instructor you need to be able to pay attention to the details of teaching proper form and alignment for each exercise while being comfortable in front of large groups.

The first step in becoming a group fitness instructor is to get your CPR/AED certification.  CPR is short for CardioPulminary Resuscitation and AED stands for Automatic External Defibrillator.

You can find a CPR/AED certification class in your area by visiting the American Red Cross website to search for instructors in your area.  The 5 hour course can be completed in a single afternoon and usually costs around $60-$70.

Once you are a certified life saver you will want to get your Group Fitness Instructor Certification.  Two major organizations offer group fitness instructor certifications as well as personal trainer certifications: ACE (American Council on Exercise) and AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America).

Different gyms and health clubs require different certifications for their instructors so be certain to ask your gym of choice which certification they prefer.  ACE certification is more widely recognized but generally harder to complete.  Certification in both ACE and AFAA increases your value and marketability as a fitness instructor.

Jul 272011

The fitness industry is booming and the need for qualified Group Fitness Instructors is on the rise.  According to ACE Fitness, the “average annual salary rates for full-time professionals with Personal Training or Group Fitness Instructor certifications have increased since 2005.”

It is important to remember that a number of factors can dictate your potential Group Fitness Instructor income.  For example, population density and average family income can create a significant difference in salary from one market to the next.  Instead of us providing you with a lot of data that may or may not be relevant to your area, you can utilize the pay scale salary calculator below for up to date information about your area.


Jun 142011

personal trainer incomeMost personal trainers struggle to make the type of personal trainer salary they really desire for one simple reason.  The reason being is that heir business is 100% dependent on their showing up to train clients.

There are basically two ways to earn an income – active and passive.  An active income is money that is earned by working.  Any job where you earn an hourly wage or are paid per project (i.e., training a client).  If you stop working or lose your job, you also lose your income.

Active income is basically trading your time for a wage.  In this system your salary or income is dictated by the number of hours you work.  Since there are only 24 hours in a day, you’re income is automatically capped by how many clients you can fit into a day, week, month, or year.

Passive income is money that continues to flow into your bank account long after a job or task is complete.  With passive income, you complete a task once and continue to make money forever on an ongoing basis.

For example – New York Times bestselling author Robert Kiyosaki who wrote the Rich Dad Series of Books, only had to write his books once.  He completed his task once and now continues to make a passive income stream without any further work or effort.  His books will continue to sell and make money while he sleeps since people will continue to keep buying his books.

Below are some common examples of passive income streams:

-       Royalty Income (Books, DVD’s, CD’s)

-       Rental Income

-       Interest Income

-       Dividend Income (Stocks)

-       Affiliate Marketing Income

-       Network Marketing Income

-       Business Income

Most personal trainers struggle to make the type of salary they truly desire because their income is 100% active.  Some trainers can charge up to $100 or more per session if they are at the top of their field and in high demand, but they will never become wealthy.

Recognizing the difference between Active Income Streams and Passive Income Streams is what separates a good personal trainer from a wealthy one.  After all, personal training is a business and you are in business to make money.  So why not find a way to multiply yourself so that you can make money while you are working, sleeping, eating, or traveling the world.

Continue reading here to learn how to use passive income to improve your personal trainer salary.

Jun 092011

Starting your own business working as a personal trainer can be very exciting.  There are many factors that can affect your personal trainer salary.  As a private personal trainer, you set your own hours and rates, which offers you more choice and flexibility in choosing the clients.  You also keep your entire hourly rate without having to split it with other trainers or a gym, like you would if you worked at a large health club.  This can give you a real sense of freedom and control.  You choose both your clients and how to market and run your business.  If you have been training at a health club and already have a large list of clients, you might be more successful on your own.

working as a personal trainerIf you are just starting out as a personal trainer however, this could be a very challenging process.  As a new trainer you will need to build a large enough client list to sustain both yourself and your business expenses.  This is a reason why the large clubs take such a big share of the hourly rate.  Somebody has to pay for the lights, heat, rent, weights, and treadmills.  And if you run your own business, this person is you!

Building a personal training business can be a long and slow process if you are new to the game.  Word of mouth is often your best form of advertising but, if you have just started a business and do not have any clients, there aren’t a lot of mouths ready to spread the word.

You may have to spend a substantial amount of money up front if you want to rent a space and transform it into a gym.  Even if you decide to train clients in your home, you will still need to supply adequate equipment and maybe even a changing room…not to mention purchasing liability insurance to cover you in the event of an accident or injury.

If you decide to go mobile and train clients in their homes then you will need to transport your own equipment or be limited by whatever equipment they have.  Purchasing a good set of adjustable dumbbells that can fit in the trunk of your car is a good solution.  We’ve reviewed the best adjustable dumbbells on the market so you can decide which are right for you.

Going mobile also creates the challenge of lost time, or time spent traveling between appointments.  If you travel from house to house, you will need to give yourself enough time so that you are not late.  You could be setting yourself up for embarrassment if you do not take traffic or weather into consideration, or if your appointment times are booked too closely together. If you cannot be relied upon to hold an appointment, you risk the possibility of losing clients.

As you can see, working as a personal trainer has both positive and negative aspects for your personal trainer salary.  You will need to decide which approach is right for you.  For more information on the benefits and drawbacks of working for a large health club, see our article – Working for a Large Club.

Jun 092011

Working for a big gym can be a great way to begin your career as a personal trainer.  Since you are new to the business, being associated with a respected and well known gym can help to ease you into the market.  Most gyms will offer their new members a free training session or consultation with a trainer as a perk when they sign up for a membership.  This gives you the opportunity to make contact with potential clients that are actively looking to begin a fitness program.  If you can build a good rapport with these new members and get them excited about working out, you then have a good chance of building your client list.

big gymYou will most likely be surrounded by seasoned veterans who have been training clients for years.  These trainers can become excellent role models for you as you develop your own training style.

Most gyms will give you a free membership as part of your employment, a nice bonus when you consider the cost of a gym membership over the course of a year.

Working for large gyms also has a few drawbacks. They require you to split the hourly rate, leaving you, in some cases,  with less than 50% after taxes! Ouch!  You may also be required to work floor shifts, during which time you must walk around the gym and be available for any members that may need advice or assistance…not to mention re-racking an occasional dumbbell or two.  Sometimes these mandatory floor shifts only pay minimum wage or slightly higher.  This can severely lower your average hourly rate and limit the amount of time you can devote to actual clients.

Some trainers choose to start their own business rather than working for a big gym. For more info on the benefits and drawbacks of owning your own personal training business, you can check out our article here – Starting Your Own Personal Trainer Business.

Jun 092011

You can wear many hats as a personal trainer to earn a personal trainer salary. You can train clients individually or in group fitness classes, such as spinning or aerobics. You can also specialize in prenatal fitness or working with the elderly. The key is to find an approach that you enjoy and in which you can distinguish yourself as an expert.  For example, you could focus on weight loss, bodybuilding, youth fitness classes, or even corporate wellness.  You may decide to work for a large fitness chain, a mom and pop gym, or to go start your own business training clients in a private studio or their homes.  Some trainers even work with professional athletes and sports teams!  Becoming a Crossfit instructor is also a great alternative to traditional training.  You can read more about the advantages of Crossfit here.

As you can see, the possibilities are almost endless to earning a personal trainer salary.  You have the power to market your skills and services toward your own interests and connect with others that share and enjoy your approach.  After you decide which area of fitness would be most interesting and rewarding for you, you should begin researching a specialized certification that can give you an edge over your competitors.