I live in Taichung, and as the post suggest, I am considering becoming a personal trainer.
I listed up a quick “about me” in my first post.
Basically, I have been in the competition circuit for 10 years. I am friends with top pro’s in several sports, and have trained with many of the biggest, strongest, best built people on the planet. I myself set my first record in bench press when I was just 18, and in 2011 was the US National Champion in Powerlifting, and was on Team USA. I was supposed to go to Latvia to represent the USA in November of 2011, but an injury prevented that.
I have given tips and advice to countless people, but I have only trained a few dozen. Everyone I have trained though has been very successful.
Before i came to Taiwan, I was training a guy named Dave. His dad was exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam, so Dave was born with a lot of issues. Fast Forwad to last year, Dave had died on the table twice, had 6 inches of spine removed, several pounds of muscle cut out of his back, has a prosthetic hip, has several discs in his back fused together, weighed 400 pounds, etc. No trainer wanted to touch him. When I met him, he could hardly do a body squat. Could only bench press 135 pounds, and did not deadlift.
After 6 months of training, he lost 135 pounds of fat, could bench press 275 pounds, Squat 365 pounds, and Deadlift 500 pounds.
Last month I was at the gym here in Taichung. After doing some Squat, a guy walks up to me and asks me how to get strong like me. Long story short, I started training him. In just 3 weeks, his bench press went from 285 to 330, his deadlift went from 396 to 462, and his squat went from 352 to 418. He has gained close to an inch on his arms, 2 inches on his shoulders, an inch on his chest, and he is actually leaner and more vascular.
He says to me “Dude, you need to start charging people. People here would pay. You need to be a trainer”.
Here is my stance.
I have devoted my life to this, and within the next year I will be the all time World Record holder. I have trained champion powerlifters, bodybuilders, fitness models, etc. So I am plenty qualified.
However, It does not seem that there is much demand for that type of knowledge here.
Am I legally allowed to start training people? Is there a market for it? If so, what is the going rate? I can only assume by the lack of decent gyms and the absence of supplement stores, that this won’t be an “easy” thing to get into.
Any thoughts, suggestions, or help is appreciated.