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Hustling in 2023: Being a Personal Trainer

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Have you heard of the term ‘side hustle’? Ask any millennial or Gen Z folk and high chance you’ll be left inspired to have your own. Having a side hustle in today’s age is much like wearing a badge of honor. It’s a showcase of smarts, drive, and ambition to do more than just the regular guy next door. What most people will tell you is that having a side hustle isn’t the easiest thing to achieve. Starting a new business comes with its huge risks and uncertainty. For most, a safe entry point to forming a sustainable side hustle is one that doesn’t require any big financial risk. And boy do we have just the side hustle for you – being a personal trainer.


This of course requires the most basic – your passion point in fitness, health, and form. What comes next? Here’s all the best tips you’ll need to kick start your new hustle:


Get Your Training in Check

Firstly, to be a teacher of any sorts, you’ll need to be great at what you’re imparting. The biggest key component in being a personal trainer is ensuring that your training forms are right. Most of your students will not know if their form is correct, they depend on you to fix it for their maximum efficiency. To grasp it best, attend our 2-day NCSF Certified Personal Training workshop to get hands-on experience and knowledge.


Expand Your Knowledge Beyond the Textbook

Once you’ve attended the physical workshop, you’re halfway there. To be a more knowledgeable personal trainer, do more than the average. Learn, study, and watch videos from other credible sources. How do you know if they are credible? Ensure what you’re reading and watching is science-backed. Question what seems doubtful, and do more research to be absolutely sure of it. 


Experience Different Diet Plans

Apart from physical training, you’ll also be required to advise your future clients on nutrition and diet planning. By now, you would know that exercise plays only a fraction of the full work when it comes to weight loss and toning. Having a proper diet plan is crucial to getting your dream physique. Most of your clients may need your advice in this area, and it is your duty to give them tailored diet plans according to their body type and goals.

The best kind of advice to give comes from personal experience, therefore, it will be helpful if you bring yourself through the journey of several popular diets to know exactly how it feels and what it does to your body. Going through the process will equip you with great insights, and this also makes you more credible when you’re sharing the diet plan with your clients. Some of the more famous diet plans are Intermittent Fasting (IF), Keto, and Paleo. Try these yourself, and you may even be able to come up with interesting recipes which you can pass onto your clients to try out.

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Understand Basic Injury Prevention and Rehab

Your clients will come from all walks of life. While most fit into the traditional fit type, you’ll also be introduced to clients who are injury prone, or trying to rehabilitate back from a sports injury. These clients require extra care, and proper knowledge in handling their concerned areas. Read and research before meeting your clients, and understand their concerns and issues beforehand. It’s always good to suss out your client’s background and reason for coming for personal training before meeting them in person for the very first session. Like all things in life – it’s best to be prepared.


Practice on Friends and Family

Have no clients just yet? That’s alright. You can create your own small training sessions amongst friends and family, and test out your personal training soft skills on them. This gets you into the habit of being firm yet friendly before meeting your actual clients. This works especially well if you’re shy or not used to public speaking. Testing your personal training program on the people you know is also less stressful, and you’ll be able to tweak it during this process before it goes live. Think of this as the beta version of your personal training session.


Get NCSF Certified

The most crucial part is to get properly certified at a place that allows you to work at any gym in Singapore and overseas. NCSF is globally recognised and opens your doors to multiple trending gyms. Visit NCSF Singapore to know more or register for your slot!


Join Our Uplift Program for a Fulfilling Hands-On Experience

After attending your NCSF workshop, come practice and exercise what you’ve learnt at our Uplift program where other Personal Trainers come together to help our special needs buddies with their mobility and strength training. Aside from gaining good hands-on experience, you’ll also be doing something absolutely fruitful and fulfilling.


Finally, learn some marketing skills to better your sales. As a Personal Trainer, you’re essentially a salesperson pitching your service to others. Get acquainted with business tips and advertising tricks to stay on trend. Ready to be a Personal Trainer? Connect with us through email or our Instagram page, and let’s kick start your side hustle!


Personal Trainer Singapore Khit
About Tze Khit
Tze Khit is a distinguished personal trainer with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports & Exercise Science from Edith Cowan University. Passionate about optimizing human potential, he offers expertise in weight loss, toning, and rehabilitating injuries. His holistic methodology integrates human anatomy, physiology, and bespoke training plans, rooted in initial functional movement screening. Certified by the Singapore Sports Council and holding multiple National Council on Strength & Fitness accreditations, he masterfully employs techniques like myofascial release and neuromuscular activation, ensuring clients achieve their fitness aspirations swiftly and safely.


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