Become a Personal Trainer in Alabama - AL
While Mississippi is still the fattest state in the union, Alabama’s baby boomers are closing in to the number one position. A whopping 39 percent of the state’s baby boomers are obese and more than 31 percent of all state residents are obese.
The grim results of chronic obesity exact a heavy toll on Alabama’s health care resources. The Birmingham News reports 340,000 Alabama children are overweight. In 2008, the state announced it would charge its employees a $25 per month health insurance surcharge if their body mass index (BMI) indicated they are obese. But Webmd.com adds that the state is offering employees discounts to join the YMCA. And a study this year at the University of Alabama at Birmingham suggests that only 80 minutes a week of aerobic exercise or resistance training can hold back weight gain and reduce future fat gain up to a year later.
Clearly, there is a desire to lose this weight and get in shape. Personal trainers can help lead Alabama to a healthier future.
How to become a Personal Trainer in Alabama
There are no statutes or requirements for licensure for personal trainers in Alabama. There is no official license and no official designation (like MD or PhD). Therefore, in the simplest of terms, becoming a personal trainer in Alabama involves getting the training you need from an online school or campus based program offering personal training certification in Alabama.
Realistically, of course, that’s not going to get you much business.
Whether you’re interested in being a private personal trainer—helping people exercise in their homes—or working at a gym or health club, having a set of impressive credentials will help interest clients. Being in great shape yourself is going to help as well, of course. But you can earn certifications in personal training, aerobics instruction, sports nutrition, yoga, pilates, weight training and many other specialties. You can focus on exercise for senior citizens or school children. You can focus on athletes or the handicapped. Find an area or areas that interest you and seek certification that will not only make your resume look good, but give you the skills and knowledge to assist your clients in the best way possible.
There are many agencies that can grant Alabama personal trainer certification by helping you learn the ropes and giving you an exam (and, of course, the certificate). There are also several organizations that offer continuing education as new equipment and techniques becomes available. Ideally, the organization would be accredited. If you know what health club you would like to work for, simply ask them what sort of certifications they’re looking for in a personal trainer and seek to earn those.
While there are no state requirements, the best path to becoming a personal trainer involves learning as much about the topics that interest you (e.g, water aerobics, basketball skills, etc.), racking up a few certificates demonstrating your prowess, building your own body and skill set to demonstrate that you can walk the talk, and seeking opportunities to work with clients either as an entrepreneur or through a larger organization that hires personal trainers.