Planet Fitness is a nationwide gym chain that prides itself on being a gym where anyone will feel comfortable working out. Members of all fitness levels can get in shape with the use of brand-name equipment and with the help of smiling, friendly trainers. To be a personal trainer at Planet Fitness, you will need to obtain a personal training certification as well as hold a current CPR certification. Planet Fitness does not offer training or certification to employees.
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Nationally Recognized Personal Trainer Certifications
To work as a personal trainer at Planet Fitness, you can obtain a personal training certification from any nationally recognized fitness organization. These organizations include the National Academy of Sports Medicine, American College of Sports Medicine, American Council on Exercise, National Strength and Conditioning Association, International Sports Science Association and American Fitness Professionals and Associates. Prior to obtaining a certification, you may want to check with Planet Fitness to see if they accept the certification you plan on completing.
Becoming a Personal Trainer
Once you have decided on a personal trainer certification, you will need to sign up for the certification. Upon signing up, you will receive online access to a variety of training tools including practices quizzes and tests. You may also have access to online videos and presentations explaining the ins and outs of personal training. The organization will also send you materials in the mail to study with. Materials include a textbook, study guide and a personal training DVD. You can study the materials at your own pace. Expect to learn about anatomy, physiology, human movement, client assessments, designing exercise programs, nutrition, working with special populations and how to start your own personal training business. From the day you sign up, you will have three months to 180 days to take your personal training exam.
CPR/AED and First Aid Certification
Personal trainers are required to hold a current certification in CPR/AED and first aid. This certification will need to be obtained prior to employment. Some personal training certifications will require that you obtain the certification prior to sitting for your personal trainer exam -- including the National Academy of Sports Medicine. You must hold an adult certification that will need to be renewed every two years. Certification teaches you basic first aid as well as resuscitation and other lifesaving techniques. The American Heart Association is an example of a widely excepted certification.
The health and fitness industry is a growing field. As individuals and employers continue to worry about health conditions, the demand for personal trainers will continue to grow. The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that 261,000 individuals were employed in personal training in 2008. While the exact salary of a personal trainer at Planet Fitness is unknown, the average annual wages at fitness centers across the United States were $30,610 in 2008.