This is the third post in the Jobs trilogy. Posts one and two covered six places between them where personal trainers can go in search of employment. So far, we’ve talked about apartment complexes, community centers, online training, outdoor boot camps, corporate/industrial, and resorts/cruise ships. Links are provided at the end in case you missed those posts.

The thing about this trilogy is that the featured places aren’t just random guesses. NFPT-certified trainers listed them as their own active places of employment when they responded to our survey. But just in case you didn’t see anything in the above list that piqued your interest, here are three additional places that just might be flying under your radar.

Athletic Performance Centers

Why they’re so great: If you are intense in your fitness mindset and want to surround yourself with clients who are most likely to be just as serious and eager to increase their performance as you are, you may have found your ideal setting. Each facility will be different, of course, but common session types include strength and core, endurance, power, and speed. You’ll also aid in educating clients on injury prevention.

45595255_sLove a particular sport? Some centers offer sports-specific programs for athletes training for the upcoming season. The list can include running, basketball, soccer, hockey, volleyball, swimming, golf, and beyond.

Client’s Home

Why they’re so great: You can choose specific, convenient areas in which to train, plus offer an added layer of convenience and comfort to your clients. You’ll set yourself apart market-wise, plus, if you’re interested, you can target special populations who may be unable to easily travel.

Bonus? Perhaps your client would be willing to host a small fitness party and invite a few friends. Friends who just might become clients of yours.

Your Own Home Gym

Why it’s so great: If this doesn’t epitomize working from home, nothing does! You’ll have the equipment you want and need to design your fitness programs. Many big-box gyms won’t stand for a trainer outside their own employ coming in to use the equipment to train someone, because they want clients to sign up with the trainers who work there! But by having your own space at home, you’ll still have access to the machines you need available for your clients. Plus, you save the overhead of renting a commercial space.

Keep in mind that many factors can come into play with this scenario. You’ll need to do your due-diligence and check into insurance and your local laws and regulations on home businesses before you get started.

If you missed them, be sure to check out posts one and two. Also, while the following places weren’t featured in the Jobs trilogy, they are definitely worth a mention: high schools, physical rehabilitation centers, chiropractor’s offices, and, of course, gyms!

Happy Training!

Tanisha Rule

Tanisha Rule has a BA in English and is a former Mad Dogg-certified Spinning instructor. She taught indoor cycle and boot camp and has now combined her passions as a full-time writer for the health and fitness industries, check out her site at If she isn’t writing or reading, she can be found happily training for an endurance event, likely after having said, “This is my last one for a while,” because there is no finish line; there is only progress.