Finding a respectable and well paying career can be difficult for someone who has been convicted of a crime and has a criminal record. Many professional paths are closed to them due to restrictions on certification they can obtain, where they can travel, etc. A common question among people interested in becoming personal trainers is whether or not you can become one if you have a criminal record.
Can Felons Become Personal Trainers?
There are no regulatory restrictions in place that restrict those with criminal record from becoming personal trainers. All of the training and education that a person would need to do can be done locally and there will be gyms willing to look past your history.
However, there are a number of crimes that will have potential employers seriously considering whether hiring someone with a record is worth the risk. Some of these include:
- Embezzling a past employer
- Stealing from a past employer
- Sexual assault
- Violent crimes
If you do have a criminal record and want to pursue a career it would be a good idea to look into the possibility of having your record sealed. This would allow you to apply for jobs without having the stigma of a criminal record. If your record is still open it’s important not to lie to employers. If you are honest and up-front about your past it will be far better than them finding out about it after hiring you.
Try and find smaller individually owned gyms to apply to. Larger chains like Planet Fitness, LA Fitness, and 24 Hour Fitness will be hesitant to hire you while smaller clubs will be more likely to take a chance.