Turn getting fit into a business by marketing yourself as a fitness coach or personal trainer. No formal qualifications are required (though there are some great affordable fitness courses you can take), and you can coach online, as well as in person.
You can teach group classes in a village hall, which can be hired for a nominal fee, or make use of the great outdoors and train your clients in the park and on the street.
Communication skills are a must for this low cost business idea, and would-be customers will have greater confidence in your abilities as a coach if you are in good physical shape yourself.
Training in the gym may be good, but did you know that personal trainers who offer in-home training earn more? You can double or triple your earning potential just by training your clients in the comfort and privacy of their own homes. At the same time, in-home training means your clientele is willing to pay a little more money than they would pay a gym. And since you won’t have to share a percentage of your earnings with a gym your earnings will increase substantially. You can set your own prices, and keep your clients satisfied by providing personal training plans and routines that will help them achieve their goals.
Jillian Michaels, personal trainer
Michaels rose to fame as a personal trainer for contestants looking to shed pounds on The Biggest Loser. Since the reality show’s 2004 debut, she’s parlayed her fame as a notoriously tough coach into a massive fitness enterprise. She’s released a series of workout DVDs, such as Bodyshred and Body Revolution, authored a handful of bestselling books about weight loss and in 2014 launched a women’s and children’s activewear brand called Impact. Her dietary supplements are on shelves at major supermarkets, and the Jillian Michaels app helps users create customized workouts (with Michaels’ coaching) for a monthly fee.
“That it really is just common sense. Count calories. Don’t eat more calories than you burn in a day. Avoid chemicals and heavily processed foods. Don’t eat fake fats, flavors, colors, preservatives, hormones, antibiotics, etc. The rest of it really is nonsense.” -Jillian Michaels
Resources: republicofstock.org, afpafitness.com & classpass.com