Tips for Fitness Internships
Fitness internships are essential for the training industry. They include all the basics of fitness training, particularly the invaluable training techniques, which have to be done. These internships are particularly useful for those with career specializations in mind, who would like to research and network for their future careers. They are also good exposure to the realities of this highly competitive business sector, which is very much a commercial operation, as well as a health management operation. You can learn the business, and also check out the job market.
Finding a Fitness Internship
Finding fitness internships online can involve some patience. There are degrees of internships, and many differences. There are also very large differences in the amount of information provided about the internships:
- The major employers, often franchises, tend to have much better information
- Some internships require certification
- Some internship providers require interns at various levels of qualification
- A few fitness intern ads are spectacularly uninformative, and don’t even mention the type of training involved, or much else
- A few internships offer payment or “opportunities for income”, others offer room and board.
Research the specialist fitness sites first, rather than the big job boards because they can be time wasters.
Interviews and Special Requirements
The interviews and special requirements for fitness internships are all based on functional needs. Fitness internships require some basic things:
- Certification where appropriate: These are required by law, and you’ll have to produce your certification to the employer. Please note: Some internships may also require things like CPR and First Aid certificates, or other specialist accreditation, depending on the level of the internship. Read the ad carefully, and ask the employer directly, so you don’t trip over this requirement.
- Good communication skills: These skills are absolutely make or break requirements in this very client-based industry. Prior experience in a customer environment or another type of “people” job is a definite plus. You’ll find “member services” is a common requirement in these internships.
- Types of training issues: Some internships involve graded levels of training, with different types of equipment, different training techniques, and a range of things which may not be familiar. Check out these issues in detail, and research the employer’s business requirements.
- Presentation: The trainer is the public face of the business. Many internships stress the requirement for good, professional presentation. This means make absolutely sure your appearance and personal presentation is excellent at all times. During the interview, missing this point can cost you the internship.
- Fitness consultations: Consultation skills are related to higher level internships and are also critically important to getting those internships. You will need to show your experience in this area very effectively, indicating what sort of training consultation and case management you’ve done. Some people using training facilities are “fitness compromised”, and are at real risk, so you need to prove good standards of professional advice and care.