Barbara Masters

To Your Health and Fitness


Becoming a Personal Trainer

Posted by [email protected] on March 24, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Why Fitness???


After working in healthcare for about 8 years, you might wonder where the change of heart came from for me to go into Health and Fitness instead. It was a long and slow process that I made to make the change. Yes, I worked in Hospitals and Doctor’s Offices for almost 8 years. However I spent much of my time in the same setting growing up. HealthCare was the obvious choice for me to go with when I wanted to get a real job.

After making the move from California to Maryland then Virginia, I found that Healthcare wasn’t the same for me. I still had California standards, yet I was in an area that did not hold healthcare to that same standard. This made me look at what we were doing for each patient a little bit different. I often heard and saw patients having testing done, that they really did not need.

After I hurt my knee one day at work, I put on a good amount of weight. Mostly from not being able to walk well, and Doctor’s orders to stay off of it. That is when I first started to thinking about going into the Fitness World, which was in 2010. However, I did not want to lose the job security from my Healthcare job. I looked a little into what a Personal Trainer makes a year, and the required schooling. Yet, a few weeks later I just kind of brushed it aside. I didn’t want to act upon it with the economy as it was.

I soon heard about Beachbody. They are the makers of such workouts as Insanity, P90X, and TurboFire. I had just ordered TurboFire, and loved it. They offered a way to join their team and become a coach with them. I jumped on that. I really enjoyed running a Fit Club every week, where I would lead a workout to the public for free. I however couldn’t put very much time into my coaching with a job at the Hospital. I was pulling in 50-60 hour weeks at that time, and was not making enough from Beachbody yet to leave that job. I then decided to let go of my ties with Beachbody, almost a year later.

I again found myself looking at the Personal Training schools and all I would need to make that happen. I was still afraid to say anything to anybody about my idea of making the change. Change is scary and hard. I needed to make this happen on my own time and without anybody’s negativity over such a change. I spent a lot of hours looking at different schools, reading comparisons, talking to Advisors at those schools, and reading reviews from past students. I had it down to two school to pick from. I recently had a friend get her CPT and asked her a lot of questions. With her help I knew what school I wanted to go with.

At this time I finally started to talk with my Husband about how I wanted to make a career change. I took a HUGE pay cut to start working at a gym. However I found myself so much happier that the money did not matter. I enrolled in school, at the National Association of Sports Medicine (NASM) at the end of 2013.

I am so glad with my decision to make the change. I have found so much amazing support from my colleges. My GM and Director of Personal Training are both more than happy to help me with my homework when I get stuck. We have already talked about me moving from my current position to Training once I get my CPT. I just wish I hadn’t waited so long.

I will happily start doing training programs online, please free to message me if you want to get started before I add it to the site. I will be adding that to the site in the foreseeable future. I have also started looking already in getting Turbo Jams and PiYo Certified. Both are amazing programs that I want to be a part with. You never know I may also re-join with BeachBody in the coming months as well. Lots of changes come this way.


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