Stop Hiring Personal Trainers and Start Building Them—Developing an Internship Program at a Fitness Facility

by Robert C. Linkul, MS, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, RCPT*D, FNSCA
Personal Training Quarterly July 2015
Vol 3, Issue 3

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Finding a well-educated and open-minded employee is, in most cases, simply luck of the draw. Instead of hoping for the perfect new hire to come walking through the door, a business owner could try a different technique in which they shed their business owner mindset and transition into a mentorship role. Using an internship program, the mentor can ideally build themselves the near-perfect employee.

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This article originally appeared in Personal Training Quarterly (PTQ)—a quarterly publication for NSCA Members designed specifically for the personal trainer. Discover easy-to-read, research-based articles that take your training knowledge further with Nutrition, Programming, and Personal Business Development columns in each quarterly, electronic issue. Read more articles from PTQ »

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1. Chittenden, K. Developing leadership in fitness professionals. Personal Training Quarterly 1(1): 6-7, 2014. 
2. Cosgrove, R, and Cosgrove, A. 55 Fitness Business Strategies for Success: Avoid Making the Same Mistakes We Made Opening a Fitness Facility. Alwyncosgrove.com. 2009. 
3. Leve, J. The importance of setting up systems for a small fitness business. Personal Training Quarterly 2(2): 12-17, 2015.

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Robert Linkul is the National Strength and Conditioning Associations (NSCA) 2012 Personal Trainer of the Year and is a volunteer with the NSCA as thei ...

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