One thing that troubles a lot of would-be personal trainers we encounter is a fear that they might be too old to become a personal trainer. We tell them that no one is too old to become a personal trainer, and that age can often work to a PT’s advantage. Here we explain why you’re not too old to begin a personal training career. Before we dispel your age concerns, we wish to stress that the most important requirement for a personal trainer is passion for the job and a genuine desire to help people. If you have these qualities and your heart is in becoming a personal trainer, your age is immaterial.
- There appears to be an increase in the number of middle-aged and senior individuals seeking work as personal trainers.
- Older personal trainers may provide unique insight or a beneficial environment for some exercisers.
- In part, an interest in helping their friends and peers remain healthy into later life may be driving the increase.
“The percentage of people over age 55 attending a personal training conference sponsored by IDEA Health & Fitness Association, a worldwide organization of fitness professionals, more than doubled from 2004 to 2011 — up to nearly 11 percent from 5 percent.”