FANCY flexing your muscles to get a job?
Then think about joining the growing fitness industry.
In 2018 a record 190,000 of us were working in gyms and fitness clubs across the UK, with a further 62,000 employed as fitness instructors.
And there are a further 28,000 job opportunities this month as many thousands of people join gyms.
As well as being a fitness trainer or gym instructor, there are jobs as gym managers, receptionists, therapists, catering staff and even gym equipment engineers.
There are three main routes into the sector. Take an apprenticeship, train on a recognised diploma course or go in at an entry-level job such as reception then work your way up taking the relevant qualifications.
Salaries for gym managers average at £29,000 while fitness instructors pocket around £21,000. Most staff employed by big gym chains also get membership and beauty discounts, plus pensions and healthcare.
Industry studies show seven in ten new starters enter the sector because they have enjoyed fitness training, while 44 per cent aim to help other people improve their lives.
Fitness was once seen as a young person’s industry but an increasing number of starters in the sector are aged 40 plus, to cater for the boom in mid-life fitness fanatics.
A Train Fitness spokesman said: “Working in the gym environment allows you to bring your passion for fitness to life — helping others improve their fitness, wellbeing and confidence while enjoying the satisfaction that comes with it.”
‘My true calling’
ALAN BENJAMIN began his career in fitness at the age of 40 and is now a top personal trainer at ultimatephysique.co.uk.
Alan, 56 from Northampton, said: “I always wanted a career in fitness, but I started off as a car mechanic.
“My mum worked in the Avon factory, so I then took a job on the production line there. When I was made redundant aged 39, it was a massive turning point.
“I studied to become a fitness instructor. With a wife and two kids to support, it was tough but I felt I had found my true calling.
“On qualifying, I landed a job at Virgin Active. After a year I set up on my own.
“As clients achieved their body goals, word-of-mouth advertising spread and it took off.
“To be a good fitness trainer, you need to be outgoing, motivating, fun and friendly. I get a kick out of helping people achieve their personal goals.
“It is never too late to change your career – you have to follow your heart.”
Stand up and be counted
COULD some straight-talking at work see you climb the career ladder in 2019?
Paula Gardner, founder of thebitchnetwork.com, says: “It isn’t about being nasty or mean, it’s about bringing out that inner bitch that stands up for herself.
“Showing a little of this side of you at work will command more respect and increase your assertiveness.”
These are her top tips:
- Drop the “if you don’t mind”, “I just wondered” and anything else which makes you sound submissive from your speech and emails. Use strong language: “I believe”, “I am concerned that” – others will take you more seriously.
- Set boundaries. If people are pulling you from task to task, tell them, “I need to finish this off properly and then I’ll be with you.” It shows that you care about what you are doing but also that you want to help them.
- Ask for what you want. Don’t just assume people know you want a promotion.
- Be the lioness. If someone is being treated unfairly, stand up for them. This wins respect and shows you have integrity.
- Look after yourself. Eat healthy food and walk to work.
New on the block
BLOCKCHAIN developer and Brexit planner are two of the top emerging jobs for 2019.
The specialist IT role can command a salary of £66,000 while Brexit Planners helping big firms get ready for our EU exit trouser around £50k, the report from jobsite Adzuna reveals.
Also newly popular are vegan chefs with an average £30k pay-packet, zero-waste consultants on £31,355 and driverless car sales specialists taking home £42,300.
Adzuna co-founder Andrew Hunter said: “Issues and trends such as sustainability and veganism have also had a profound impact on the job market.
“It’s pleasing to see how brand new job roles have been created to serve demand in these areas.”
TESCO is on a recruitment drive for online shopping delivery drivers.
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