International fitness certifications & courses which are available in Mumbai / India, for personal training and / or group fitness.
Best Personal Fitness Trainer Courses
Want to make a career in fitness? You should start with a personal trainer course that will help you get a job in a gym and help you gain some valuable experience. There are several different types of personal trainer courses which you can find.
The more basic online courses are good to get an understanding of what is involved, but what you should ideally be going in for are classroom based fitness instructor courses.
The better Personal Fitness Trainer courses (classroom based ones) are usually expensive, but it allows you to meet people, make contacts, and most fitness institutes who conduct such courses also let you do internship.
Its better to go in for professionally recognized courses as you will become more knowledgeable, and you also stand a good chance of getting a job in the fitness industry.
The type of course you choose will depend on what you intend to do with the knowledge. If you intend to become a fitness trainer, then go in for fitness training courses that provide certification (from a recognized body.)
These certifications are designed to test your knowledge of fitness, the various muscles, how things should be done safely, and also how to conduct the exercises (group) effectively.
You can usually choose from a Personal Trainer Certification or a Group Fitness Certification; they also offer more courses but these are the more popular ones.
For many, it also means an opportunity to get employed by the top gyms and fitness clubs in Mumbai.
Institutes Offering Best Gym Trainer / Personal Fitness Trainer Courses
Here are some of the Institutions in India that provide fitness training and certifications. Most of them have their own courses, but some of them do conduct International courses in Fitness and Personal training.
- Golds Gym Fitness Institute
- K11 Academy
- VC Fitness Academy (Run by Celebrity Fitness Trainer Vinod Channa)
- Gayo Fitness Academy
- Fitindia (Conducts Reebok University (RU) programs)
- Reebok Fitness Studio – Linking Road (Conducts Reebok University (RU) programs)
Here are some more institutes in India that offer fitness training.
- 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
Here are some more.
American Council on Exercise – ACE
Provided by American Council on Exercise (ACE), if you have this certification, it means you have the knowledge and skills required to teach a class of fitness enthusiasts. Besides, teaching effective communication skills, teaching techniques and motivational skills, these certifications also help instructors to develop and implement group exercise programs which are safe and effective.
Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA)
Available in most countries, the association has been in business since 1983. AFAA also provides certification through distance learning mode, in addition to doing it from a fitness training center closer to you.
American College of Sports Medicine – ACSM
Progressive Fitness (PF)
SCW Fitness Education
DSWFitness (Desert Southwest Fitness)
Job Opportunities for Gym/Fitness Trainer
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 specialized 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.
Watch: How to become a Certified Personal Trainer