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3 ways to turn your passion for health and fitness into a career

3 ways to turn your passion for health and fitness into a career


Do you like to spend all of your free time catching up on all of the latest diets and fitness news? And are you the person who all of your friends and family come to when they need advice about how to lose weight, gain muscle, or eat a healthier diet? If so, then you may find it deeply satisfying to turn your passion for health and fitness into a career. Not sure what you could do to earn money while working in this particular field? Here are some options to consider:

How to transform your passion for health and fitness into a career

#1. Start a Health & Fitness Blog

3 ways to turn your passion for health and fitness into a career // The PumpUp Blog


Writing a blog is a great way to enter health and fitness part-time as it will likely take you a few months or more to create a big following. However, once you do gain a lot of subscribers, you can monetize your blog with affiliate marketing and advertising, providing you with additional income simply by sharing your expertise and passion. You can even sell it outright if you’d like! (Blog Tyrant got $20,000 for one of his blogs after just eight months!)

There are many sites that allow you to start a blog for free, which means you can begin writing today, and WordPress is probably the best-known one. Plus, if you have basic computer skills you can even design it yourself quite easily, saving you from having to pay someone else to do this for you.

#2: Become a Personal Trainer or Group Fitness Instructor

3 ways to turn your passion for health and fitness into a career // The PumpUp Blog Zumba Group Fitness Gif


If you prefer a more hands-on approach, a career option to consider is personal trainer or group fitness instructor. This allows you to work more one-on-one with clients to help them meet their weight or muscle-related goals by showing them precisely which exercises they can do to enhance their particular body shape within their current fitness level.

Two of the most popular accredited agencies that offer this type of certification are ACE and NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine). It usually takes a couple months or more to get through the coursework and earn your certification, but once you do you can earn a decent living. reports that the average annual wage of a personal trainer is more than $55,000.

#3: Become a Health Coach

3 ways to turn your passion for health and fitness into a career // The PumpUp Blog


Another career option that enables you to make money while doing what you love is health coach. A health coach is someone who assists others in achieving their health and fitness goals by helping them effectively deal with a variety of aspects that affect their overall health and wellness, ranging from food to exercise to their thoughts and beliefs. Where would you work as a health coach? According to the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, one of the top nutrition schools that connects students with teachers such as Dr. Oz, Deepak Chopra, and Dr. Andrew Weil, as a health coach you can find employment in “doctor’s offices, wellness centers, and gyms.”

Choose this option and you’ll have a slightly higher monetary commitment up front for the course, but your ability to earn a high hourly wage can quickly help you recoup your costs and then some. Some health coaches earn as much as $200 an hour (or more), so this can be very lucrative field if it appeals to you.

Yes, there are many options when it comes to making money in the areas of health and fitness if this is your passion. Now all you have to do is pick the one that interests you most and do it!

3 ways to transform your passion for health and fitness into a career // The PumpUp Blog

About the Author

Sara Upton is an online freelance writer who loves covering anything related to fitness and healthy living. She's a proud owner of two dogs (Bill and Chewie), and you can follow her thoughts on Twitter @saraupton33.

Cover photo courtesy of PumpUp member @marismaria

Aicha's journey from deprivation to strength

Aicha's journey from deprivation to strength

When Aicha returned from her study-abroad term in the United States, she made up her mind: she no longer wanted to remain at such a low weight if it meant that her health was being compromised. "In September 2014, I started using PumpUp and in one way or another, it's been so supportive," she shared. "I never had a lot of confidence in myself, but I kept going because other people were motivating me. Posting pictures became a habit."

The pros and cons of online personal training

The pros and cons of online personal training

The concept of Online Personal Training is quickly gaining popularity on a global scale.  Online training is very much the same as training in person: you receive a program customized specifically for you and work towards your goals with professional guidance.  There's one important difference: your trainer is not standing next to you.


Although online personal training can be an invaluable and time-efficient way to train for some, others may miss having face to face communication.  There are pros and cons to be weighed if you're considering online personal training. Here's how you can find out what works best for you:


The pros and cons of personal training infographic from the PumpUp Blog

The pros of online personal training

1. Easy Access to Expert Advice:  Many fitness professionals offer online training. This allows millions of consumers to access expert advice from anywhere in the world, rather than being limited to a handful of personal trainers within their home gym.  There are clients in the US who receive health and fitness support from fitness trainers in the UK.  There are clients in Australia who are following fitness direction from sought-after trainers in Canada.

2. Less Expensive:  Personal 1:1 training can become quite expensive, especially if you are seeking a session 2-3 times per week.  As personal trainers become reputable, they quite often become booked and inevitably, their cost per session will increase.  Quite often, you may receive online training at a fraction of the cost.

3. Ongoing Support:  Many online trainers provide comprehensive fitness and nutrition plans that are built into their initial upfront cost.  Online personal trainers often provide ongoing access, including weekly updates through email or text.  Although personal trainers within the gym will write you a comprehensive fitness plan, you will have to opportunity to ask questions during your scheduled time with them.  They may provide additional services, such as meal plans and extra support, however, this may come with an extra cost.

4.  Freedom of Location and Time:  When you receive your personal program, you can use it anytime, anywhere.  This is amazing for those who often travel or work unconventional hours. Freedom from gym hours for these types of individuals is key.

The cons of online personal training

1. Motivation: Lack of follow-through is detrimental, regardless of how amazing your training program is. Some people need the external motivation to meet with somebody. This gives them the extra motivation to get to the gym and finish their workout. Online training is beneficial for those who have found their intrinsic motivation and are prepared to follow through with a plan.

2. No one to spot you:  With online personal training, you will not have a trainer beside you to spot you or ensure proper technique.  This could lead to possible injury and it may also drastically reduce the efficiency of your workout.  This however, is easily compensated through the use of online videos or live dramatization with your online trainer.


Final Judgement:
Online training works. You can find stunning transformation photos from people all over the internet who followed through with programs without ever sitting face to face with their personal trainer! Overall, online personal training is recommended for those who have internalized motivation and are seasoned within the gym.


About the author
Krysta is a certified personal trainer and holistic nutritional coach. Learn more about her here.