Right now, I don't have any plans to pick my cert back up - I put in between 50 and 60 hours/week with my current business, and as much as training would be fun, I just don't have the time to do justice to 2 separate things that would both dominate my life. It just happened that within 2 months of getting my certification (and being jerked around by a small training facility that I had been led to believe was going to hire me...) I happened to get involved in my wife's business and have been here ever since. I've always dreamed of opening my own gym, but since it would be strength-sport focused I probably wouldn't have too many people looking for training but that just want to use quality equipment that they can't find anywhere else Smile
I wish you the best of luck in your endeavors. I know it is really time consuming, it's basically like having a class, but harder since you need to keep yourself in gear and moderate your time, which can just go over your head without you knowing it. If you opened your own gym, I bet you'd have a lot of Power Lifters coming there. A 270 lb Power Lifter Vegan...OOooo boy
This is very true, but for example, a huge majority of top powerlifters tend to train in a very specialized manner that does actually include quite a few special exercises that I could have never known about until I actually began studying it more. Despite the appearance that a deadlift is just a deadlift, some of the best at it will rarely ever actually train that specific lift outside of competitio; rather, they rely on specialized assistance work to improve it, making huge gains to their competition lift total while avoiding doing regular deadlifts for weeks or months on end. Something of this sort (which is definitely a bit of an exception) travels against conventional training wisdom but works for many people, and that would require in-depth study to find how to use this to a client's advantage. Since most people training in a commercial setting will never wind up having someone who comes to them looking to add 80 lbs. to their deadlift it isn't important for everyone, but for me, if I were to start training I'd want to be versed in all activities and ready for anything. And, like you said, depending on where you train people will also impact your abilities to suit their needs based on equipment, space constraints, and silly rules (such as no olympic lifts, no deadlifting, no chalk etc.) But, that's just the way I'd go about it if I were to get into training - I couldn't be happy just helping people to lose a few lbs. to look better when going to the beach!
Now we are talking professional field, and that is really tough. I don't think that people realize how much different the professional (or amateur, but I call it professional whenver it is competition since it is different from the casual lifter) circuit is from just the normal. I personally wouldn't train a professional because I don't have the knowledge on how to do so. You on the other hand would be better suited since you do these yourself. That by itself would make sense in regards to the manual not teaching you, since a lot of this type of stuff goes hand in hand with personal experience, and a field that you and your client can relate to each other which brings you and your client closer. The business aspect can be just as hard, or even harder than the training IMO, especially if you are not good with talking to other people (such as me, I need to overcome that
, but I am doing better). Good luck if you ever venture into this field! Opening your own business would be the best choice if goind the direction you want, since you have more freedom of what to do. The only problem I see with it is actually getting people at first, since it is a professional thing, but you prolly do well with that and prolly already know Power lifters.