The Fitness & wellness segment in India is booming, with people keen to follow the latest trends in fitness training, and a robust demand for knowledgeable trainers in fitness. No wonder, its seen as a very specialised field today.
Today fitness training in India includes personal training, group training, CrossFit, parkour, aqua exercises and more.
With international fitness chains coming to India, the demand for trained fitness instructors has increased.
Qualified fitness trainers nowadays can work in gyms in luxury hotels, resorts, offices, neighbourhoods, clients’ homes, schools, physio clinics (after rehab is over).
They can work as personal trainers and even start their own studio or gym (setting up a gym can cost Rs. 50 lakh to Rs. 1 crore just for the best equipment.)
The concept of ‘celebrity trainers’ (personal trainers of top models/film stars/business honchos) is also gaining ground.
Pros and cons of a fitness trainer’s work
The job is exciting and its a great feeling to help people get fit. Growing employment avenues as people become increasingly health conscious. You have the opportunity to meet the rich and famous; can earn name and fame as a celeb trainer.
But there’s no stability in the job — lack of a steady income, unless the trainers are hired by schools or government organisations. Work requires you to keep yourself in ship shape and up-to-date with the latest developments in the field
Average starting salary of a new fitness trainer
The pay depends on the experience of the trainer. Beginners without experience can expect between Rs. 10,000-Rs. 12,000 per month in a gym for one shift (8 hours), personal training pays extra – Rs. 750-Rs. 1,000 per hour, group classes between Rs. 400-Rs. 750 per hour class.
Experienced fitness trainers can earn go up to a few lakh rupees as well, though such trainers are few in number.
Institutes Offering Fitness Training Courses
- Sports Authority of India www.sportsauthorityofindia.nic.in
- Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports, Patiala www.nsnis.org
- Reebok http://www.reebok-raining.com
- Lakshmibai National University of Physical Education, Gwalior www.lnipe.gov.in
- Indira Gandhi Institute of Physical Education and Sports Science, University of Delhi www.du.ac.in
Watch: How to become a Certified Personal Trainer