Personal Training: A Growing Job Category, One that is Low Paying and Reliant on Body’s Response to Exercise and Trainee Dependency

The New York Times published an article about personal training.  People have to make a buck, but personal training is not sustainable over time. For example, one cannot raise a family on uncertain income.  It is sad that this is the type of job category is growing instead of other relatively high-paying and stable positions.

The article states that the job is taken because of easy entry but the job is low paying, has no licensing requirements, and the job is seen as a cash-generation opportunity by gyms.  

  • Online training is problematic, with many “trainers” simply selling their own routines at exorbitant prices. Online training is not training as the person exercises truly does all the work.

Also, personal training tends to attract the genetically blessed–people who possess an athletic, muscular physique with generally little reason for making dramatic physique gains. 

  • A  combination of such a person and a trainee for whom change of physique requires more thought, experimentation, observation, and work does not seem to be able to work well.
  • Having someone provide motivation to workout is problematic as it implies that the client would not be driven to exercise without the trainer present. Also, the trainer has an incentive to promote a dependence as a independent exerciser does not pay training fees . 
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One thought on “Personal Training: A Growing Job Category, One that is Low Paying and Reliant on Body’s Response to Exercise and Trainee Dependency

  1. I found this post to be a little flawed. It’s true that the goal of a trainer is to get the client in great shape, and to have them continue training on their own as a part of their lifestyle… but to say it’s not a sustainable business because of that is a bit much. It’s kind of like saying “when all the 80 year olds die, there will be no 80 year olds left”… when of course, all the people aged 79 will take their place in a year.

    The success of a personal trainer is based on their abiulity to market themselves and to get great, lasting results for clients.

    And the reason any job category gets more popular, isn’t because of barrier to entry. It’s because there is a demand for more trainers. The average diet is getting worse, and people are getting sick from lack of exercise.

    Just my two cents, but thought this might spark some friendly debate 🙂

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