It’s not easy to have it all. As a mum, it sometimes feels like you have to choose between spending time with your family, having a job, and taking care of yourself – pick one, two if you’re lucky, maybe three on a VERY good day.
But what if you could roll ‘having a job’ and ‘taking care of yourself’ into one? Ding ding ding! You might just be able to get all three with something approaching regularity.
Time to make working out your actual work, and become a personal trainer.
Here’s why a fitness career could be the perfect fit for a hectic lifestyle.
1. You can get qualified online
It can feel like a catch-22: you want to be a personal trainer so you can control your own schedule, but all the personal training programmes nearby have strict hours at inconvenient times – or maybe there isn’t a good programme near you at all. What’s a busy mum to do?
The internet, as always, has provided a solution.
These days there are super-flexible personal training courses that are completely online – you can study at home when the kids are in bed, practice the physical side at your local gym when you get a free half hour, and work through the course at your own pace.
Kids sick? Tired and stressed? Take a few days off without falling behind. You can even take your exams from home!
2. You can set your own schedule
Once you’re qualified, it’s up to you when you accept clients. Clients with jobs might want to work out early in the morning or in the evening, while stay-at-home mums might prefer to work out in the afternoon while the kids are at school.
You don’t need to be available at all these times – if you know you only want to train clients in the early morning, then you’ll find clients who want the same thing. Many trainers have their first clients between 5am and 8am, and are back home in time to get the kids to school.
3. You can work out too
It can be hard to find time alone to use the bathroom when you’re a mum, never mind finding time to work out. As a personal trainer, you’re already devoting time to someone else’s fitness – why not work out alongside your clients? It’ll be great motivation for them, plus it’s much harder for them to actively hate you for making them do burpees when you’re jumping like a crazed frog alongside them.
4. You’ve already got the skills
A great personal trainer is someone who has the will to keep going even when things get tough, and the ability to persuade someone else to do the same. Sound familiar? You’re already there, mums.
Some more examples:
PTs are professional motivators. Good role models. Strong leaders. Super organised. Endlessly enthusiastic.
Mums are professional (though sadly unpaid) motivators. Good role models (when the kids are about). Strong leaders (bribery with sweets definitely counts, right?). Endlessly enthusiastic (after coffee). Super organised (I won’t even joke about this one. Too close to home.)
5. You can ease back into work
If you’re a stay-at-home mum, it can be hard to transition back into work, even if you’re itching to be out of the house doing ‘adult’ things again. You might not be able to work part-time in your pre-kid career, or you might just fancy something new. Being a personal trainer can bridge the gap and allow you take things slowly, one client at a time.
6. Feel good about helping others
Working while being a mum can be guilt-inducing, especially if your job isn’t giving you any satisfaction. Being a personal trainer means you’re actively improving other people’s lives, which means the time you’re spending away from the little ones is valuable – even if your clients aren’t quite as cute as your kids.
7. Your own happiness!
The best reason for becoming a personal trainer is simply because you want to! If you want a job that’s flexible, that gets you moving, and that makes a difference, then go out and grab it. You’ll be happier for it, and as everyone knows, happy mum = happy family.
You owe it to them to be a role model, and that means following your dreams, not just telling them to.
What do you think? Would being a personal trainer fit in with your busy life?