International Fitness Institute Blog

Latest news, thoughts, industry insights and course information from the team at International Fitness Institute.


5 Unique Career Paths in the Fitness Industry You Probably Never Thought Of

A career in fitness doesn’t have to be ordinary. It can be extraordinary! Once you have your fitness qualification in hand from International Fitness Institute, there are so many career paths out there for you to choose from. In fact, the fitness industry has to be one of the most varied with seemingly endless job options out there.
 
If being a personal trainer doesn’t seem to be the right fit for you or working in a regular gym just isn’t going to cut it, there are a number of other unique areas you can specialise in.
 
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Top Study Tips for Fitness Course Beginners

Are you ready to start learning everything there is to know about the fitness industry? Once you’ve joined up for one of our fitness courses, your next step is to actually put in the hard work!
 
While studying online in your own time has its advantages, for many, this freedom makes it much harder to find the motivation to sit down and actually put pen to paper. Many people don’t know where to start, especially if they haven’t studied in a long time or if it’s their first time studying online. But we’re here to help!
 
The best part of online study is that it will help you develop self-discipline, which is especially valuable in the fitness industry. So to help you achieve a positive learning experience, we have a few key study tips we think you’ll find very helpful!
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How Having a Mentor Can Help You Become a Success in the Fitness Industry

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In the competitive fitness industry, everyone wants to be the best and stand out from the rest, however just having a fitness qualification isn’t always enough.

When participating in a fitness course and learning all the skills and knowledge you need, how do you really know you have what it takes when you have to start working in a real gym with real clients?

This is where having a mentor can help!
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Innovation & Sustainability- How to Succeed as a Personal Trainer Beyond the First 12 Months

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We have all heard the data surrounding the lifespan of a PT. In fact a Service Skills report (albeit published a couple of years ago) highlighted a damning statistic that 60% of Personal Trainers leave the industry within 18 months of starting out. For me the two key questions to come out of this are:

1. Why is there such a high level of churn in what is reported to be a growth industry?
2. What can be done to better prepare graduate PT’s for a long & successful career in what is an incredibly rewarding vocation?

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Member-based Organisations for Fitness Professionals- To join or not to join!

 

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It’s a question that I am asked on a regular basis – “do I need to become a member of an industry umbrella organisation like Fitness Australia as a fitness professional?” Before I present you with my thoughts, I think it is important to realise that you do have a choice. Whether you are a group exercise instructor, gym instructor or personal trainer it is not compulsory for you to become a member!

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Choosing a Personal Training Course to Help You Kick-start Your Career

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So you’ve made the call to indulge your true passion & study to become a personal trainer. The first thing I would say is congratulations! Leaving a stable job & taking a gamble on a new career takes a fair amount of courage, especially when you consider that most personal trainers operate as contractors running their own business. Most of us have either worked in a job we dislike or know plenty of colleagues who are stuck in a job that provides no intrinsic satisfaction or fulfilment. Good on you for going after the dream!

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Core strength

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Most of us have heard the term ‘core’ or ‘core strength’, but what does it mean and how is it relevant? The core muscles are the deep stabilising muscles of the torso which help determine posture and provide us with stability. Most people think of the ‘core’ as just the abdominal muscles, however this term also encapsulates the diaphragm, pelvic floor and low back muscles. Together these deep muscles act as our ‘inner unit’ to stabilise the vertebrae and pelvis. Think of this as our ‘pillar’ from which the bigger, more common muscles can lever off to do their job more effectively.

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