When I think about personal training, I think about fitness gurus helping celebs like Britney Spears and Madonna stay healthy, toned, and strong. And there are plenty of trainers who work with the adult population, even those famous few.
But there’s a whole other population demanding the services of personal trainers — kids!
That’s right, kids are jumping on the fitness train, too. According to the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association, 824,000 children between the ages of 6 and 17 use personal trainers. That means children account for about 13 percent of personal trainers’ clients.
If you’re considering a career as a personal trainer, why not plan to work with this fresh-faced, fast-growing segment of the industry?
The fitness concerns unique to young people make the job of a personal trainer particularly important. Kids’ exercise programs need to be unquestionably safe and effective, especially for children who have not yet reached puberty. Parents hire personal trainers who specifically know how to work with kids whose bodies are still developing. In fact, many parents are more than willing to pay a personal trainer to ensure that their children are developing active lifestyles that will reap health benefits for the rest of their lives.
It’s no surprise that the fitness interest for the younger set has been largely motivated by the American obesity epidemic. Kids are out of shape and overweight, susceptible to future health problems such as diabetes and heart disease. Personal training along with healthy eating advice from nutritionists present an innovative solution to a growing problem.
But weight isn’t the only factor parents take into consideration when choosing personal training for their kids. They’re looking for an exercise program that will build kids’ confidence and give them a sense of accomplishment. Getting fit can also improve kids’ balance and coordination, which makes a difference in sports. And the set appointment with a personal trainer can do the same for kids as it does for adults–keep them consistent, accountable, and motivated to stick with their fitness regime.
Fitness isn’t just for the famous, and it isn’t just for grownups. The health habits of kids are just as important as, maybe even more important than, the ingrained habits of adults, since the fitness attitudes developed at an early age often carry over into adulthood. If we’re going to fight obesity and lethargy, we need to start with personal training for children.
Isn’t it time you used your talents to benefit kids?