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 Post subject: Vegan Fitness Jobs/Careers
PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2011 4:11 pm 
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Hi, I just received my first personal training certificate from American Aerobic Association International and want to know a vegan friendly fitness job I can apply to?

I'm interested in a career with the fitness/nutrition industry but don't know any clubs that are veg friendly.

If you work in the fitness industry, where do you work? How did you get your career started?

Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Fitness Jobs/Careers
PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2011 7:53 pm 
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I just recently received my Certification from American Council on Exercise (ACE) and looking for work as well. I wish I could give you some pointers Missy, but I'm still starting out too. I will comment on this thread, so that I too can get some good advice as well.

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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Fitness Jobs/Careers
PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2011 12:34 pm 
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Yo, at my local gym there was a nice guy who worked there as a trainer, who was vegan. I talked to him a few times, and he told me that others there didn't like his points of view, but I think you'll get that no matter what line of work you have. I don't have any experience in it personally, but would a place really turn you down because you are vegan? If you're in good shape and have the qualifications, surely they have to eat it? It would even be discrimination to turn you down. Also, there isn't a reason why they would ask you if you are vegan or not, or do you think they'd get you to push particular (non-vegan) products?

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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Fitness Jobs/Careers
PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2011 7:21 pm 
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1. Finding a veg-friendly club is pretty much going to be impossible (best most can hope for is "veg-tolerant"), so all you can do is show by example and make people second-guess their anti-veg views by giving clients the results they're after and putting the naysayers to bed. If you work for someone else, you're going to have to play by THEIR rules, so it's one of those situations where, if you can't handle the fact that it's likely that others you work with will try to put your lifestyle down in order to make themselves look better (such as, other trainers who skirt by without doing much work and get lackluster results for their clients), then it's going to be difficult unless you get lucky and end up somewhere small with a very understanding staff who isn't out to question veganism at every chance. Some vegan trainers have probably ended up in great situations early on, but there are no shortage of stories of people who were told that their diet was poor, that they couldn't push clients to eat meat-free, etc., so you'll want to ask a LOT of questions prior to taking a position, just to be sure you'll be the right fit for working there.

2. The MOST vegan-friendly way to train will be to do training yourself without working through someone else's operation. This will require more work, but you won't have to deal with any of the b.s. from co-workers who will try to convince others that you can't do a good job being vegan, that you're screwing up clients by pushing them toward a vegan diet, etc. But, not everyone is cut out to be their own boss, and there's a LOT more work to do when you have to handle everything from the setup of your LLC to managing finances to negotiating leases for your space to doing the training of clients. Plus, there's the $$$ factor involved in it, but there are ways to keep things cheap (such as, putting together a "travel kit" of fitness equipment so that you can do in-home training for your clients, thereby eliminating the need for a studio to train in), so it can be done, but it takes a bit more creativity to keep things cheap while being your own boss.

Can't offer much more than that - once I got my ISSA certification, I ended up working in the world of vegan products and never actually ended up training anyone, but definitely looked around at facilities and spoke with a LOT of people during the time I was considering being a trainer. Many of the guys I've lifted with over the past decade have been trainers themselves, so I've had a lot of info from those who have been in the trenches at cruddy gyms as well as those who work in college athlete coaching settings, so I've definitely heard a lot!

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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Fitness Jobs/Careers
PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 4:36 pm 
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If you are so inclined you could make a few videos to show people how to do certain exercises for certain things - such as how to correct postural problems or how to train a certain body part. And have contact details with info on how you can help people. You could choose to say you are vegan or not, depending on whether or not you want exclusively vegan clients.

Also, get a website and put videos on that along with advice about training and diet. Website hosting can be quite inexpensive but if you don't want to shell out for one you could get a free Blogger blog from google and write on that. If you do get a Blogger, I'd advise you to buy your own domain name (about $10 a year) so you can transfer it to a website later on.

You could approach health clubs and gyms in your area and remind them that there are lots of veggies and quite a few vegans who would welcome a vegan trainer who knows how to plan for them. If you had videos or a blog, you could show the health clubs the links.

You could volunteer your free service to help some local team - perhaps a school or youth team. You'd gain practical experience and build up a good reputation.

Good luck to you both.

And Welcome to the forum, MissyV!

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