Three simple words that altered my career path.
In late-November 2011, I had a memorable phone call with Jonathan Goodman – founder of the Personal Trainer Development Center – where I asked him about almost everything under the sun.
Near the end of our conversation, I asked if I should work at a gym as a personal trainer immediately after I earned my credentials, or if I should wait and search for an internship first.
[quote]Jon: “If you worked at a commercial gym right now, how much would you make?”
Me: “Hmm, I don’t know. Maybe twenty to thirty thousand a year?”
Jon: “Okay. Now, how much would you make if you worked at a commercial gym, but had an awesome internship, learned a lot, and made great connections?”
Me: “Maybe forty to fifty thousand?”
Jon: “Get an internship. [...] You can always work at a commercial gym.”[/quote]Three days later, I became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and began searching for fitness internships. Some wondered why I didn’t just work at 24 Hour Fitness or LA Fitness like everybody else; others thought I was wasting time.
But I ignored those doubts because I realized that a great internship would help my journey, so I kept at it.
Well, last Friday, I interviewed at Results Fitness, a gym located in Santa Clarita, California. In 2010, Men’s Health ranked it the second-best gym in America.
On Saturday, I attended the Perform Better One-Day Learn-By-Doing Seminar in Los Angeles and chatted with Results Fitness’ founder.
Earlier today, I heard from their General Manager.
Tomorrow, I will start a twelve-week internship at their facility and get a hell of an education in fitness and customer service. Its an unmatched opportunity, and I’m looking forward to devoting my energy to uphold their mission statement and add value. Although I don’t know how this will fair, I’m sure it will be an incredible experience.
All it took was three words.