3 Ways to Make a Career out of Fitness

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If you are all about personal fitness, you might have a greater opportunity than you think. Sure, you have the opportunity to be extraordinarily fit and healthy. But you already knew that!

You also have the opportunity to be the kind of influence that will positively change the lives of your children. To be sure, that is the most important thing. But it is still not your only opportunity.

You have the opportunity to turn something you love into a way to supplement your income. Depending on how far you want to take it, you could turn it into your primary source of income. During this time of pandemic, a lot of people are looking for ways to turn their passion into a paycheck.

Just bear in mind that for some of these suggestions, you will need to consult your state’s regulations and make sure you comply with the licensing requirements. Beyond licensing, you will also want to enroll in the right classes and acquire the right certifications.

Beyond the pandemic, you can make more than a paycheck. You can make a permanent career move. If your idea of a good day starts with a sweaty routine a 4 in the morning, here are a few suggestions for taking your passion to the next level:


How much of a massage enthusiast are you? Do you like to give massages even more than receiving them? Do you already have a massage table? If so, you already have what it takes to turn your passion into a business.

Massage and fitness go hand in hand. Focusing only on building and toning muscle can cause unnecessary pain and even muscle damage. There is a time to break muscles down and a time to let them rest. Massage can be an integral part of the muscle-building cycle. It can also keep pain at bay and reduce your dependency on pharmaceuticals. The market for massage includes the fitness and body-building market.


During the pandemic, people are not just worried about getting the virus. People are generally more worried about everything. There is a great sense of unrest in all sectors of society. People need to find ways to regain a sense of control. One of the best ways to do that is with fitness-focused, self-defense training.

If you have a military or law enforcement background, you probably already have the necessary skills to become a personal trainer and self-defense specialist. There are a lot of people doing fitness. You can set yourself apart by specializing in self-defense.

By combining fitness and self-defense, you do not have to focus exclusively on fight techniques. You can also do strength training along with speed and endurance. Personal defense is not always about the ability to win a fight. It is mostly about gaining confidence. If you can teach confidence as well as help people meet their fitness goals, you will never be short of clients.

Virtual Coach

Not everyone is ready to get back into a gym or have in-person coaching sessions. These days, everyone is jumping on the virtual coaching bandwagon. Major fitness equipment manufacturers have added a virtual coaching aspect in the form of a streaming service. Even Apple has launched a virtual coaching service.

You don’t have to be Apple to develop a coaching service. Anyone can start a YouTube channel for free. You can monetize that channel and build a business. You can also start a private streaming channel using readily available tools such as Open Broadcast Software (OBS). You can go as small or as big as you like with little by way of startup cost.

The Bottom Line

Sharing your passion for fitness and making a little cash in the process has never been easier. There has also never been a better time to do it!

People come to fitness for different reasons. Some do it because their health has declined and they need to turn things around. Some do it because it gives them a sense of control. Still others do it just to have something to do.

If you are ready to take massage to the next level, help others regain a sense of control through self-defense, or join the virtual coaching craze, opportunity is most certainly calling.

About Theresa Duncan

Originally from Detroit, MI, Theresa has been offering health and fitness advice for the last 30 years while working as an engineer. She decided to turn her passion into a profession, and finds nothing more satisfying than helping others reach their health and fitness goals.

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