How to Achieve Your Health and Fitness Career Goals

Do you have some epic health and fitness career goals? I don’t blame you! Health and fitness is a popular industry as it allows you to merge your work and your hobbies.


It also means that you can increase your focus on your health and wellbeing, not to mention the affects you can have on your clients. You know that saying, “Live what you love”? A career in health and fitness allows you to do exactly that. It’s no wonder people are leaping into these types of careers!


As an enthusiastic, driven, career-minded person you are constantly setting yourself challenges to achieve bigger and better things in your life. I get it. You don’t want to look back on your life and feel like you didn’t make the best out of everything you have been given. Your career goals are at the very top of your priority list, especially when it comes to health and fitness.

Whether you’re setting up your own personal training business or seeking out roles in a nutrition clinic, there are endless opportunities for someone with health and fitness career goals. But before you jump head first into your potential job, you need to consider a few things. Keep reading for some suggestions!


When you’re chasing a career in the health and fitness industry your work will never truly be done. Even when you think you have achieved your health and fitness career goals, there will something new to learn. Techniques change, new studies are released and there will always be another program to help you progress even further. One way to boost your learning in the industry is to complete a Certificate 3 in Fitness. This will give you the skills and knowledge you need, through both theory and practical lessons. Of course, completing a formal certification is just one way to learn, but in an industry like health and fitness it is really important to have a solid foundation (like a Cert 3) to support your ongoing development.


I’ve talked about this a little in my post about the hidden job market, but if you’re clear about the type of career you’re chasing, you can utilise your networks to create greater opportunities. Who do you know that’s pursuing a health and fitness career? Have you spoken to them about your goals? Is there anyone they could introduce you to? How can you grow your network in the health and fitness industry? Don’t underestimate the power of networking and building relationships.


When you’re chasing your career goals it’s important to set small, manageable targets for yourself. If you don’t have a clear picture of what you want to achieve you might not ever get there in the end. There are loads of different strategies available to help you achieve your goals, but I like this very similar formula (it’s what I use myself!):

  1. Get clear about your goal, what you want to achieve and how you want to feel once you’ve achieved it
  2. Turn your goal into a SMART goal – make it specific, measurable, actionable, realistic and time-based
  3. Break your goal down into the specific actions and milestones you need to achieve it
  4. Break your actions into tasks or micro-actions to make them even more manageable
  5. Schedule your tasks and milestones into your calendar – this makes them real!
  6. Follow through on your commitment to yourself to take action towards your health and fitness career goals!

Smash your health and fitness career goals with the tips in this post!

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When you’re working in a health and fitness career, people are going to look to you for advice. And you can’t expect to be well respected in your industry if you don’t practice what you preach. If you think I’m suggesting that ice-cream is off the table, then you’re completely wrong. As a role model, you should consider balance and teach this principle to your clients. Nobody is perfect and beating yourself up for making a mistake is not productive. You’re better to learn from your mistakes and show your clients that you’re a real person. It’ll make you far more relatable. And people pay for relatable.


There are a lot of people in the health and fitness industry who are willing to find quick fixes and work-arounds to get to where they want to be. But you should never be cutting corners with your business, learning journey or career. This will not benefit you in the long run.

Make sure you see the bigger picture and remember that life is a marathon, not a sprint! If you really want to achieve a solid health and fitness career, it may take some time to get there. Especially if you want to do it properly, with the correct qualifications, practical experience, insurances and protections. Do you remember that old shampoo ad? “It won’t happen overnight, but it will happen”. And what about the saying, “Rome wasn’t built in a day”? The same goes for your health and fitness career. Cutting corners will never help you in the long run, so take your time and enjoy every minute.


No matter what your personal goals may be, you should always be patient during your journey. Like I’ve said, you’re unlikely to become hugely successful overnight, nor will you achieve your goals at the drop of the hat. If you’re truly passionate about what you’re doing you will give yourself all the time in the world to get to where you want to be. When you’re patient, you’re often more inclined to think strategically and make better long term choices. Again, you need to cut yourself some slack and be kind to yourself. Even if achieving your health and fitness career goals takes a little longer than you originally planned.

If you really want to achieve your health and fitness career goals you should do everything in your power to make it happen. From learning, taking courses and seeking out advice from those you admire, there will always be a way to improve your knowledge. If there’s anything I can do to help you start or progress your health and fitness career, please get in touch.

Have you been considering a health and fitness career? You’ll definitely want to check out this post for tips on achieving your health and fitness career goals! – Pop Your Career

About the Author


Bec McFarland is an experienced HR practitioner, manager, career coach and the creator of Pop Your Career. She delights in sharing practical, straight to the point career advice, spending time with her family and eating Mexican food.

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