How to Make Weightlifting a Profession

How to Turn Your Weightlifting Hobby Into a Profession

How to Turn Your Weightlifting Hobby Into a Profession

Bodybuilding, powerlifting, Olympic weightlifting, and general health and fitness interests are all subsets of weightlifting. And, though everyone has a unique attitude and approach, weightlifters in general have one similar trait: they like exercises and time spent in the gym.

In many, if not all, situations, good weightlifting also requires weightlifters to get adequate sleep, eat a good diet, and take numerous vitamins and supplements to stay healthy and enhance their weightlifting achievements.

Does this sound familiar?

So tell me, does it make sense to invest all that work in developing a healthy mind, body, and lifestyle just to spend 40 hours a week in a job you despise? Or perhaps in a job that pays the bills but adds daily or weekly stress to your life? We are all aware that stress can be detrimental to the body and mind, so why would you put yourself through it to benefit someone else? Doesn't it seem counter-productive to your healthy weightlifting lifestyle?

What if a viable alternative existed?

There is, fortunately! If you've been effectively lifting weights for a long, you've almost certainly seen favorable improvements in your strength, energy, body shape, and overall attitude. And people around you, both in and out of the gym, have most likely been observing and commenting as well. Aren't others beginning to wonder how you dropped weight, toned up your waist, added muscle, and found the time and energy to maintain your active lifestyle? That is the solution to the work/lifestyle problem...

Millions of individuals worldwide visit the gym on a daily basis but do not get the same results as you. They may lack understanding of appropriate weightlifting technique, may be unaware of which workouts are most effective for achieving their objectives, or may have yet to establish precise objectives, leaving them unable to discern what works and what is a waste of time.

And for every one of them, there are another five to ten individuals outside the gym who want to live a healthy lifestyle, lose weight, gain strength, or just enhance their physique before stepping out to the beach in their newest bikini or swim trunks. Many of them are scared by the prospect of traveling to a gym and want to exercise at home but are unsure where to begin. Others are worried, but not too motivated - at least not now.

It's easy to see how YOUR education and experience with weightlifting, food, and lifestyle may benefit them, isn't it? Fortunately, you can begin establishing your personal training company on a part-time basis, contributing as much or as little time each week as you like, at any time of day or night. And, unlike many other home-based enterprises, you have considerable influence over the rate at which your firm expands.

Begin by doing some fast internet study to determine which certification is most appropriate for the kind of weightlifting you want to teach. You might begin by pursuing certification as a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), a Certified Fitness Instructor (CFI), or even as a nutrition coach. You may eventually choose to get all three in addition to more specialized qualifications, but for now, select the one that is most closely relevant to the style of weightlifting in which you like engaging. If you like the topic, you're more likely to remain motivated and finish the certification, and you'll also be learning new material to improve your personal weightlifting performance.

Establish and begin posting to your own health and fitness social media profiles while pursuing your first certification. These will serve as your'storefront windows' for weightlifters and would-be weightlifters, so don't scrimp - at the very least, create accounts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. If you are currently a member or are aware of other social networking sites that you would want to utilize, all the better.

From here, ensure compliance with any applicable local laws and bylaws governing home-based businesses, and consult with your insurance professional to determine whether you require liability insurance when dispensing exercise instruction, particularly given the potential hazards for people new to weightlifting, whether they train at a gym or at home.

While weightlifting qualifications are not required to begin training individuals, they do give legitimacy to your beginning efforts, at least until you have some success stories from your early weightlifting clients. However, you may still do a great deal to begin your firm while pursuing those qualifications.

Are you contemplating the establishment of a private training space in your garage, cellar, or spare room? Or are you interested in training individuals electronically, guiding them via video chats and pre-prepared fitness regimens adapted to their specific goals? In either case, spread the word that you're looking for a couple of weightlifting friends or acquaintances who are interested in getting started or improving their results, and that you're willing to train them for free or at a reduced rate in exchange for the opportunity to use them as examples of your training prowess.

And from there, you're well on your way to starting your own home-based company and converting your weightlifting passion into a career. As you acquire further certifications, customers, and a larger social media following in the weightlifting and fitness sector, you'll discover that your expertise, results, reputation, and revenue can all grow in lockstep with the time and effort you spend in your new home-based company.

At some point, you'll be able to decide whether to continue doing weightlifting coaching part-time or full-time - and whether to continue doing it as a home-based company, open your own personal training facility, or partner with a local gym to move your company there. In either case, you'll have the thrill and pleasure of turning your enthusiasm for weightlifting into a vocation, allowing you to work on your own terms and on your own time in a home-based company centered on something you're already genuinely enthusiastic about - weightlifting!

Doug Champigny is a qualified personal trainer and fitness teacher who participated in his first bodybuilding competition at the age of 61 and has now moved on to powerlifting. To get you started quickly, check out his video demonstration of over 30 dumbbell workouts you can perform at home or at the gym. Follow Team Champigny on Instagram for continual fitness guidance.


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