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Career focus: Fitness trainer

A fitness trainer trains people in different aspects of physical fitness.

india Updated: Dec 02, 2006 12:01 IST

Being fit has never been so fashionable, or necessary as it is today. With time, the priority and importance given to health has changed. The perception towards personal trainers, too has changed.

Once, the indulgence of sports personnel and models, personal training is now sought after by almost everyone who wants to maintain fitness and good health. Today people from all walks of life – from celebrities to senior citizens – are using personal trainers to help them learn how to exercise, lose weight, maintain all-round fitness and adopt a healthier lifestyle.

The increasing demand for professionals like aerobics instructors, yoga instructors and fitness trainers is soon catching up as one of the fastest growing careers in the health and fitness industry.

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Indira Gandhi Institute of

Physical Education and Sports Sciences, New Delhi

Lakshmibai National College of Physical Education, Gwalior

Lakshmibai National College of Physical Education, Trivandrum

SAI, Netaji Subhas National

Institute of Sports, Patiala

SAI, NS Eastern Centre, Kolkata

SAI, NS Eastern Centre,




A fitness trainer trains people in different aspects of physical fitness. He or she instructs in various exercise routines like weights, aerobics, and flexibility training, besides monitoring the progress through different scientific methods.

A professional and experienced trainer should be able to design specific programmes for people with different needs — their age, lifestyle and health parameters.

Career opportunities:
Fitness in India is a whopping Rs 2,000 crore industry and most fitness centres are swanky studios offering an array of fitness regimes such as aerobics, kickboxing, yoga, dancercise and other workouts with sophisticated machines.

Moreover, be it at home or at the fitness centre having a qualified trainer has become the ‘in-thing’. With gyms and health clubs mushrooming all over the country, the demand for qualified instructors is going up sharply. And this spells good prospects for those aiming to pursue fitness as their career.

With the high premium placed on physical fitness, it pays to be fit and help others remain fit too! While the pay may be a little low to start with, as you gain experience and develop a personal style and rapport your take-home dramatically improves.

Of course, the most lucrative jobs going are those of a personal trainer to the rich and famous, and those with high-end fitness centres, spas and resorts. Once you’ve acquired a reputation, you could also be conducting one of the numerous fitness programmes or health shows on popular TV channels. Besides boosting your popularity, it will also augment your clientele.

First Published: Dec 02, 2006 12:01 IST