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08-07-2009, 10:35 AM
I am currently studying with ACE for certification and I am also a Nursing Student. But Financial issues are causing me to maybe take a leave from Nursing school. I spoke with my advisor and she encouraged me to do whats best anyway I mentioned I was getting my trainers cert. and she said her sister is a personal trainer and makes as much as she does as a Nurse. She had her sister give me a call and she gave me some really creative ideas, of course it will take time to build up a lot of clients but I am really seconed gussing becoming a Nurse the lifting is haard on my body the stress of 12 hr. shifts. I know that I would start at 21.00 an hour where I live she told me she was a Nurse for 5 years then got certified through ACE and went on to recieve advanced certifications and she said it's the best choice ever. She now has the ability to help people get healthy before they need Nurse or Doctor. She advised me to go on this forum and ask other trainers what they make and for more advice on more creative ideas. I feel a little uncomfortable asking a person how much money do you make, but I want to know because If I can build clients and make this happen I will focus on building my training business and then get my Nursing Degree next year, Im sure being a RN will help if I hold boot camps and being able to advise clients on health issues. Could anyone please break it down how much money I can make and some creative ideas on training clients thats popular! Thanks everyone!
08-07-2009, 12:20 PM
STAY IN YOUR RN PROGRAM! Training can be great, but it is FAR from stable. I knew trainers who made 6 figures...I knew trainers who made next to nothing. And I did their payroll, so I can tell you as a fact and not on just what they told me. Problem is that a lot of trainers will tell you what they would make if they took their good months and multiplied by 12, leaving out the fact that some months they don't make $hit. I would say the average trainer at my old club made 20 to 40K with two making 80-100K and a few making 10-20K. This was a club with 32 trainers so obviously if you find the right situation you can make some jack. Being a chick doesn't hurt! The thing you need to ask yourself is "do I like sales?" If you like sales and marketing, you can do great...If not...not so great most of the time.
If you get your RN, you will ALWAYS be able to count on 40-80K no matter where you go or what the economy looks like at the time. ANYBODY can be a PT, not everybody can be an RN.
08-07-2009, 03:21 PM
I am an RN.. as well as an ace certified personal trainer.. I'm ALSO a national level fitness competitor. Being an RN in a hospital doesn't work for me. I LOVE my patients.. however I don't deal well working 12-16hr shifts. Yeah, the money is great and stable, but it completely burns me out very quickly and is completely detrimental to every fitness goal I have. I miss my patients but would rather make half as much doing what I ABSOLUTELY LOVE without a shadow of a doubt than something that brings me down making twice as much. (although I am able to make it as a pt just as well as a nurse at this point) BUT again, not as stable.. sometimes up and sometimes down as stated in the previous post. Also.. agreed you must be a good salesman/woman! Best of luck to you in whatever you decide! I DO NOT one bit regret going to nursing school though because it will always be there. I am STILL an RN even if I'm not employed as one at this time! And it's always there if I need it =)