Some people just show up to work.
Others look forward to it.
What’s different about those with a “clock in, clock out” mindset and those who feel invested in their job? They work in an environment where they feel valued, respected, and challenged to realize their full potential.
No matter which career path you choose, it’s important to invest your time in something that provides financial and personal benefits. That’s exactly why working at a gym is a viable option for a diverse range of people. Whether you’re an experienced leader interested in a GM position or you’re eager to help others achieve their health goals as a Personal Trainer, YouFit Gyms is a place where you can shine.
So, what factors make working at a gym worth it from an employee’s perspective? Here are the top five reasons to explore a career path in this industry
By Stephen Sheehan
1. You earn what you put into it.
Depending on your role, you can enjoy unlimited earning potential. Have a passion for fitness? Pay your bills by putting your skills and motivational tactics to use as a Personal Trainer. Not only will you help clients build better physiques, but you can build your sales skills—and reap the financial rewards.
Other staff members also have the opportunity to increase their earnings by putting in the time and effort to achieve business goals. Our Membership Sales Specialists have to earn the trust of potential new members in order to grow our community. Meanwhile, a Fitness Manager must motivate and develop a strong personal training staff that excels at securing and retaining clients.
Ultimately, all of these roles are important to keeping things running smoothly and efficiently. And just like with working out, the benefits you’ll reap from working at a gym all depend on what you put into it.
2. Form bonds with members of your community.
I’m a people person. And if you work at a gym, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to interact with members of your community. It’s the ability to connect with others that makes it worth it to do a floor hour. After all, learning about a person’s story helps develop trust and camaraderie—both of which spread nothing but good vibes around the gym.
Positive energy is infectious in the best way possible. Being immersed in an environment where you feel comfortable and connected supports your well-being and mental health. Once you begin working at a gym, you’ll start putting names to faces and potentially make a lifelong friend or workout partner!
3. Serve as a source of motivation.
As a personal trainer, one of the biggest reasons working at a gym is worth it is getting to see clients and members achieve their goals. Whether that means watching a mother of three crush one of our exclusive HIIT+ classes or a college student setting a new PR on the squat, it’s rewarding to witness what hard work and dedication can do. And during anyone’s journey, it takes internal and external motivation to stay on course.
Working at a gym gives you the chance to serve as that source of accountability and inspiration. A friendly chat with a Membership Sales Specialist could convince someone to sign up for a monthly membership and start the process of getting healthy. Taking the right approach with a client allows a Personal Trainer to push the correct buttons to bring the best out of anyone who has the desire to make a change.
4. Learn a broad range of skills.
Another reason why working at a gym is so rewarding: the ability to add more skills to your resume.
Don’t have business experience?
You’ll definitely make gains in that area by working at a gym. Besides developing customer service skills, you’ll learn about marketing, sales, and other key aspects that are important at any company. Plus, you’ll sharpen your communication abilities as you work alongside people of different backgrounds in different departments.
5. Prioritize your personal health.
Physical health = mental wealth.
You need both to be functioning at the highest level. And there’s no better place to work on your mind and your body than the gym.
Working in that environment fosters accountability and commitment, which can pay major dividends on multiple levels. A Personal Trainer can earn a client’s trust not only by providing effective programming but by also looking the part. That requires adhering to a well-balanced diet, following a workout regiment, and dedicating time to recovery to stay in optimal shape.
Think about it this way: If your workplace is where people come to work on themselves, how can you not be motivated to do the same?
A gym is a safe haven for everyone to make self-improvements. It’s a place where you can sweat out your rough day at the office and channel any negative thoughts into positive ones. It’s a place where team members have to work synergistically to support a smooth operation. And it’s a place where you can grow your skill set and your compensation by putting in the work.
Ready to guide your own team? We’re hiring GMs at locations nationwide. If you’re ready to flex your leadership skills, visit our careers page to find vacancies in your area.
Are you a fitness professional ready to help change lives? Join the YouFit Gyms team as a Personal Trainer. Visit our careers page to apply.