Meditation and Personal Training

Meditation and Personal Training

Meditation Certification Expands the Services Provided by Fitness Professionals

Meditation, a buzz word and hot trend right now among many circles. Spas, fitness studios and wellness clinics are beginning to add meditation classes to their class schedules. Meditation is a mental exercise that when practiced routinely trains the brain to think, process and react differently. Just like physical exercise, this mental exercise has many benefits backed by science including its ability to reduce stress and anxiety, improve cognitive function, improve focus, strengthen the immune system and improve cardiovascular health.

Meditation comes in many forms and styles, similar to workouts and most well-known for “clearing the mind” or “letting go of your thoughts” these are not the only techniques meditation has to offer. Meditation can come in the form of walking, listening to music and even observing your thoughts rather than letting them go.

As a fitness professional you coach your clients to live a healthier lifestyle, incorporating exercise into their daily routine to strengthen their body and improve their health, many times clients are facing a mental game that may be limiting or discouraging them from reaching their optimal goals. Meditation and mindfulness practices can help combat this often negative mental dialogue.

Fitness professionals are continuously searching for ways to enhance their skills, help their clients and obtain continuing education credits. This newly available Level 1 Meditation Certification course is a great addition to your current career path. Below are three ways you can expand your revenue as a fitness professional by becoming certified to teach meditation.

Personal Training – Add On
Becoming certified in meditation adds value to personal training sessions in many ways, often clients come to the session stressed out from work, family obligations and to-do lists. Fitness professionals can begin their training sessions with a five to ten-minute meditation to center and focus their clients.  A short meditation is great for calming the body and focusing their mind for the workout ahead. One of the benefits of meditation is that it improves focus and concentration, when visualization techniques are used prior to a workout a client will visualize their form and technique of a workout, enhancing the effectiveness of the workout. By having them visualize parts of their routine, coupled with breathing techniques to reduce the tension and stress in their muscles, a client will be able to focus on their workout from a better state of mind and a body that is ready to receive. Adding a short meditation to the beginning of your workout means adding revenue to your pocket. Increase your hourly rate by $10 or $15 to reflect the “new service offering”. While this may not seem like a huge amount, multiply this by ten sessions a week and you have increased revenue by $100 to $150 per week for less than two hours of work.

Group Classes
Group meditation classes are an excellent way to increase revenue. If you are at a gym where they are looking to expand their current class offerings, becoming certified to teach group meditation classes brings value to the gym and money to your pocket. Another option is to rent a room and bring together your current clients for a mental fitness group class priced between $15 and $20 per person which gives you the flexibility to earn up to $400 or more per class. If you choose to host events with a fitness aspect and mental fitness aspect, the amount that can be made per event is even higher; upwards of $1,500 to $3,000 per event.

Private Meditation Coaching
Private coaching is in demand for business professionals and entrepreneurs who are working to find some type of balance between their professional and home life. Many want to create space for finding stillness, reducing stress and creating time for inner peace. Private coaching per session begins at $65 per hour and can extend as high as $150 per hour depending on the type of session, length of time, etc. Many of your current clients may be the perfect candidate for mindset coaching without you having to spend a lot of time searching for new clients.

Becoming certified to teach meditation is a great way to expand your training offerings. The Journey into Tranquility course is a Level 1 Meditation Certification online course that is offered by AAPTE for continuing education credits. If you want to expand your knowledge and earn CEC’s without becoming certified to teach classes, we only require the online portion of the course be fulfilled. For those wanting to teach, there are additional requirements to become certified. This course teaches a 3-step process for teaching meditation that is also beneficial for your own life by implementing the steps taught in this course to reduce stress and improve productivity within your own career.