The Invaluable Experience of Working for Free

Nick Wyllie
Powerlifting, Swimming, Olympic Weightlifting, CrossFit


Breaking into the fitness industry is often a tough and overwhelming process. Clients and gyms want experience and knowledge, so how is a young, enthusiastic trainer with little or no experience ever able to begin their career? How does this trainer ever learn enough to help others and build their own methodology?


The answer is simple. You must work, and work hard, without getting paid. Volunteer experience is something that is often overlooked or even blatantly avoided, but it is an invaluable experience. Volunteering has helped me develop as a coach, and has directed the paths of countless other professional trainers and coaches in the industry.


There are countless ways to work for free in the fitness and coaching industry, I have accumulated over 600 hours of volunteer experience in the last two years. I would not be the coach I am today if it weren’t for that time-spent learning, practicing, and applying the knowledge I have gained from these experiences.


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A career as a coach or trainer is a never ending opportunity to learn, grow, and re-invent yourself.


You don’t get to pick the problems you solve because everyone who you come across is different: Different genders, ages, fitness levels, disposable time, disposable income, and almost always unsure of their commitment.


Here on Coaches Only we update the content regularly, we go in lots of different directions, and we engage with experts in all walks of life so long as they help coaches and trainers in pursuit of a fulfilling career.


There are no simple answers to how to be a good pro. No one can sell your services for you. There is no silver bullet for success.



That’s why you should sign up, be present, and when the opportunity arises, also take the initiative to contribute to the conversation.


Coaches Only is for independent coaches and trainers who believe in the value of their work and have a love of this industry.


Coaches Only is for professionals who strive to make a career that lasts, has impact, and rewards people who work hard at it.