Unlike in most other industries, there are no educational qualifications needed to get a job.
But as the industry shows signs of getting organised, leading gyms have started hiring certified trainers and usully put newcomers through their own training programmes.
But the basic prerequisite is an interest in keeping one’s own body fit.
You cannot advise someone about how to develop a good body unless you have one yourself.
Most clients in upmarket gyms demand personalised service and are ready to pay for it. So, communication skills are also very important.
There is a dearth of skilled professionals. But at the same time the clientele has gotten pickier. Most people want to work out under the guidance of someone who has a wholistic knowledge of fitness.
But good things come at a price. The duty structure on gym equipment inflates its cost. A good quality treadmill can cost Rs 5 lakh, while a car is available for Rs 1 lakh.
Real estate prices are very high. Finding a centrally located place is proving to be a tough task for entrepreneurs, so more centres are coming up in the suburbs.
Unlike in most developed countries, the sector doesn’t have an industry status as of yet.