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Being an online fitness instructor is a straightforward and profitable career that can be done from home provided you have the right skills.
What You Need To Get Started
In order to become an online fitness instructor, there are a few things you need to do beforehand.
The first thing you need to be able to do is actually be able to instruct people. You will need qualifications to prove that you are capable of helping others with their fitness needs. You will need to pick an area of expertise. There are hundreds of different training programs and training courses available that focus on different areas, find one that you think you can do and pursue it. Ideally, find a course that has NCCA (National Commission for Certifying Agencies) accreditation. These programs hold a much higher weight to them due to the higher standards they have.
Once you are confident in the area you have chosen, you need to study. The exams associated with these courses are often rigorous and challenging so make sure to devote plenty of time to study for them. Some programs will offer a variety of study material to help you out in this regard, but you still must do the studying yourself.
Once you believe that you are suitably prepared sign up for your exam and apply what you’ve learned. The exam itself often takes place quite a while after registration so will have some leftover time for additional cramming. With a bit of luck and plenty of dedication, you will pass your exam and become certified in your field.
Once you possess qualifications proving your ability you then go on to sign up for REPs (Register of Exercise Professionals). This is a board that you can only join if you meet the requirements. Being a member is a huge advantage due to the prestige associated with it and the high bar of entry. Membership proves your worth to the industry and in some cases is a necessity. Once you are a member you must demonstrate proof of your qualifications in order to qualify to be listed on the register. In order to remain a member, you have to gain a certain number of CPD (Continual Professional Development) points over time. Each member must earn 4 points each year and 24 points every 2 years. Points can be earned in a variety of ways including:
- First aid at work (8 points)
- Self-taught programs (4 points)
- Fitness industry workshops (6 points)
- Endorsed training programs (16 points)
- REPs online assessments (4 points)
- Completing REPs journal questions (1 point each)
Lastly, you need to join a platform to find customers. Joining a fitness app as a coach is a simple way to advertise yourself and get business. We will be using the number 1 app from the top 10 fitness apps as an example of how to start your new career.
Joining An Online App:
The first step is to download the app you wish to sign up for, in this case, we are signing up for GymCube. This stage is simple as the app is free to download and you can also sign up through the website.
After we have the GymCube app installed we will now create our account. Simply enter in your details and create a password for your GymCube account. Make sure you register the account as a coach. You will need to agree to the terms of service in order to sign up.
Once the password has been created and you’ve registered as a coach you will be asked to fill in your personal details including your REPs membership number. This is what GymCube uses to ensure that you are a licensed coach. Make sure that you go into your REPs membership area and check on the button that says, ‘opt-in to GymCube’. If you haven’t opted in, you won’t be verified by REPs.
Now you need to include your bank details. This is how GymCube is able to pay you. Make sure you have your current information on hand when filling in this part of the signup process.
GymCube will now verify that you are on REPs and what you listed qualifications on REPs are, this will be used to see if you qualify to be a GymCube coach and what categories they can put you in. The more categories you are in the more likely to be called up and hired by a client. This will then translate to you being hired more often and earning more. Because of this, it’s a good idea to get as many REPs qualifications as possible.
If you are not currently a member of REPs, you will be prompted to join REPs now. Simply tick all of the boxes and you will be sent to REPs to create an account, you will need to provide your bank details once more and provide evidence of your qualifications.
Now that you have signed up you will need to set up your account to make yourself appealing to clients. Upload an image of yourself and set it as your profile image, make sure you look smart and friendly so that people are more likely to choose you as their coach. Adjust your session rates to make them suitable for your clients. Find a suitable balancing point between making it cheap enough to appeal to clients but not too cheap so that you actually make money. Include your specialities so they know what you can help them with. Upload videos and other tools for your clients.
Now that everything has been set up you are ready to go. Make sure you keep your profile up to date as you go. With any luck, you’ll have clients looking to hire you soon after. As you get clients and get positive reviews your reputation will improve and you will get more and more business as time goes on.