personal trainer jobs

Personal trainer jobs Nashville

The professionals on the Basics and Beyond team are a cut above the rest of the personal trainers that populate gyms in the Nashville area (take a peek at the quality and experience of the current staff). If you’re seeking one of the best personal training jobs in Nashville, keep reading…

Qualities we are looking for:

    • Passionate. Personal training is a people business. If your answer to “Why do you want to be a personal trainer?” is not “I love to help people,” don’t bother to apply.
    • Career-focused. We are not looking for trainers who have other jobs and only want to supplement their income. We want career fitness professionals who are dedicated to the wellness field long-term.
    • Good energy. We only have trainers who come to work excited about their job and the company they work for. If you’re a Thank-God-It’s-Friday-Oh-Crap-It’s-Monday person, please look elsewhere.
    • Empathetic. You must have a good understanding of the mental and physical issues fitness and weight loss clients deal with. You must be able to motivate and inspire them. We do not hire drill sergeants who act like the clowns on reality TV shows. We will not accept a trainer who’s looking at his or her cell phone during a session.
    • Relatively flexible work schedule. Trainers on the Basics and Beyond team make their own appointment schedules, so you can set your own hours. We are, however, looking for trainers who are able to make themselves available for most clients’ schedule requests, including weekend appointments. If you’re going to tell us that you never work weekends and you’re only available Tuesday and Thursday afternoons before you pick up your kid from school, we probably won’t be able to find a place for you on our team. Honestly, we’re looking for a personal trainer who WANTS to work, and who has the time to do so!

We work with clients in Nashville, Antioch, Franklin, Berry Hill, and also offer in-home service. We typically install a trainer at only one of these locations, unless you like the idea of jumping back and forth between facilities.

If this all sounds good to you, Email Dan the following:

  1. Your resume
  2. A sample workout that you’ve designed for a typical client
  3. A LINK (not a giant email attachment) to a brief video of you demonstrating/teaching these four things:
  • A lunge
  • A plank
  • An explanation as to why upright rows are bad for your shoulders
  • A minute or two about you, your basic philosophies and approach, and why you want to be in the fitness field.

Don’t worry about video quality or sound quality; I am interested in who you are and how you teach.
Thank you, and I am looking forward to seeing you in action!

Dan DeFigio, Director and Owner

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Personal training interview

A typical personal trainer job interview begins with some talk about your training/teaching history and your personal training career goals. Then we get into fitness questions, with topics ranging from exercise programming to the how’s and why’s of exercise form and execution.

Interviewers are usually trainers who know more than you. It’s easy to be intimidated, but that’s not the point. They don’t expect you to know what they know. You’re not going to sound like you’ve been teaching exercise for 10 years until you’ve been teaching for 10 years. We’re trying to find out what you know and what you don’t know, and to see how you explain things and answer questions.

You need to be able to give accurate and coherent answers to basic questions, because teaching and explaining is directly related to the personal training job you’re applying for!

But you also need to be transparent with what you don’t know. Don’t try to fake your way through it. Be honest and stay positive by showing a desire to learn.

Here’s an example:

Interviewer: “Can you describe the difference between anterior and posterior pelvic tilt to me, and how they apply to different scenarios of training?”

Bad response: “Anterior pelvic tilt is more anterior, you know? And posterior tilt is, like, less anterior. Because it’s posterior. And with training, for me, I feel it more when I’m doing posterior stuff.”

Good response: “I’ve heard the terms, but to be honest anatomy and biomechanics are not currently my strong suit. But I’m passionate about learning anything that serves the client and makes me better.”

A successful personal training job interview comes down to three factors within your control:

  • Fitness knowledge
  • Coaching skills and people skills
  • Attitude and desire to learn, so we can serve people better

The less confident you are in these areas, the more you need to prepare. I recommend two ways to do it:

  1. Find an experienced trainer, ideally someone who’s worked for the gym where you hope to work, and ask them to help you do a practice interview.
  2. Train friends or family for free to get coaching experience. Ask for their feedback to help you understand the training experience from the client’s perspective.
  3. Bone up on some of the weight training basics that every personal trainer should know.