FIT THE BILL

Sport- en­thu­si­asts and fit­ness- freaks can now turn their ob­ses­sion into a lu­cra­tive pro­fes­sion

India Today - - FITNESS - By Humra Afroz

With the fast- paced life and in­creased sus­cep­ti­bil­ity to ail­ments, there’s also an in­creased con­cern about health and well­ness, with in­di­vid­u­als now spend­ing ap­prox­i­mately Rs 2,600 on an av­er­age, on per­sonal health and fit­ness an­nu­ally. Sub­se­quently, as more and more gyms and fit­ness cen­ters are mush­room­ing through­out the coun­try, there’s also a boom in em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in the sec­tor. One such pro­fes­sion that has re­cently emerged as a lu­cra­tive op­tion is that of a fit­ness man­ager.

Typ­i­cally work­ing at sports and health clubs and phys­i­cal ther­apy cen­ters, a fit­ness man­ager is a troubleshooter of sorts, of­ten bear­ing the onus of hic­cup- free man­age­ment on their shoul­ders. From cus­tomer care to staff and equip­ment man­age­ment, they have a gamut of du­ties to per­form and prob­lems to deal with, keep­ing them on their toes, lit­er­ally as well as metaphor­i­cally.

Pri­mar­ily su­per­vis­ing fit­ness classes, a fit­ness man­ager cre­ates fit­ness plans for the clients as well as helps them achieve their fit­ness goals. They are also in­volved in mem­ber­ship sales— at­tract­ing new cus­tomers while retaining old guests, and other ev­ery­day fi­nan­cial op­er­a­tions like han­dling ex­penses and gen­er­at­ing rev­enues. Man­ag­ing ex­ist­ing in­struc­tors, and hir­ing and coach­ing new staff mem­bers are also some of the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties that the job en­tails. Some or­gan­i­sa­tions re­quire cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for fit­ness in­struc­tors and per­sonal train­ers. The fit­ness man­ager, in that case, needs to eval­u­ate em­ploy­ees and en­sure that they have all the train­ing and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion that is re­quired.

For those who are in­ter­ested in sports, want to turn your fit­ness- ob­ses­sion into a pro­fes­sion or just en­joy help­ing oth­ers, this could be the ideal job. Says Deepin­der Kaur, fit­ness man­ager, Crunch Gym and Spa, Delhi, “Hav­ing been in the field for years now, I can eas­ily say that it can be an ex­tremely ful­fill­ing ca­reer. At­trac­tive re­mu­ner­a­tion, tremen­dous po­ten­tial for growth and, most im­por­tantly, the field I’ve al­ways been in­ter­ested in— what more can one ask for.”

While no for­mal qual­i­fi­ca­tion is needed for fit­ness man­age­ment, most em­ploy­ers pre­fer can­di­dates with bach­e­lor or mas­ter de­grees in fields such as ex­er­cise sci­ence or phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion. In­sti­tu­tions like Gold’s Gym Univer­sity, Mum­bai and Sym­bio­sis In­sti­tute of Health Sci­ence, Pune, also of­fer diploma cour­ses in fit­ness man­age­ment. Other grad­u­ates and post grad­u­ates are also el­i­gi­ble as long as they are phys­i­cally fit and pos­sess en­tre­pre­neur­ial skills. Knowl­edge as well as ex­pe­ri­ence in the field, and good com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills are some other im­por­tant pre­req­ui­sites.

From cus­tomer care to equip­ment man­age­ment, fit­ness man­agers have a range of

du­ties to per­form

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