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Be a Fitness Expert

As a Personal Trainer at Discover Strength

At Discover Strength, we know you want to be an expert in exercise and fitness. In order to do that you need a work environment that elevates the personal trainer and views them as an allied health professional. The problem is, there are very few places you can work where you are elevated to the level of respect just like a nurse, dentist, or physical therapist which makes you frustrated. We believe that personal trainers are just as impactful as other health care professionals. We understand you want to make a difference in people’s lives while also being viewed as an expert practitioner, which is why we have spent 15 years helping personal trainers become respected professionals.

Here is how we do it:
1. Start the hiring process.
2. Be on-boarded through Discover Strength University where you will learn to connect your exercise science background with our proven approach to delivering world-class workouts.
3. Continue to master your craft with 10-year Growth Plan.

So, submit your resume today! So you can start your journey to mastering your craft.

We are hiring for the following positions:

Personal Trainer

What is the compensation?

One of the six passions of the founder of Discover Strength is to create a company where personal trainers can be financially successful. Discover Strength is unique in that the trainers work a “normal” 40 hour work week (see below) and are able to maximize their income. The personal trainer position is not a sales position. The personal trainer’s role is to focus on delivering world-class workouts and exceptional client experiences.

On average, a Discover Strength personal trainer will make $45,000 in the first year; $58,000 in the second and third year; $67,000 in the fourth and fifth year and $80,000 after year five. Each personal trainer has the opportunity to make more based on taking on additional responsibilities, training more clients, etc., but these are averages that we expect a trainer to make when working a forty hour work week here at Discover Strength. In addition to the compensation, Discover Strength offers a competitive benefit package that includes paid time off, health insurance, 401k, and extensive internal and external education/development opportunities.

What does the personal trainer’s hours and schedule look like?

Discover Strength’s trainers work a “normal” 40 hour work week. Here are the key elements:

8 hour work days. Trainers work a balance of these three “shifts”:

  • 5:30am to 1:30pm
  • 12:00pm to 8:00pm
  • A split shift of 5:30am-9:30am and 4:00pm to 8:00pm (generally 1-2 times per week for newer trainers)
  • After a trainer has been with Discover Strength for 3 years, they have the autonomy to create their own schedule.
  • 5 working days per week; this might include a rotation of weekends but the trainer always has two days off per week.
  • Trainers are not limited to 40 hours per week.  If they want to see more clients and increase earning potential, they are always welcome to work longer shifts or additional shifts.
  • Why? Discover Strength avoids the industry norm of trainers seeing a smattering of clients from early AM into the late PM which contributes to very little work-life balance and burn-out for the trainer.

Does the personal trainer acquire and sell their own clients??

No. Personal trainers at Discover Strength are not responsible for acquiring or “selling” their own clients.

They actually do not have their own clients at all. When a new client starts, they become a client of Discover Strength, not of one specific personal trainer.  This allows the client to have scheduling freedom and it allows the personal trainer to not have to bend over backwards to make their schedule align with a particular client.  This is the ultimate win-win for both trainer and client.

What qualifications are required?

  • Must possess 4-year degree in Exercise Science or related field.
  • Alignment and commitment to the Discover Strength Core Values of Learning, Servant Leadership, Creating our Own Future, and Science Based.
  • A passion for strength training and the desire to help build the best customer service company in the world.

How does Discover Strength make a personal trainer career sustainable?

Discover Strength wants the strength training professional’s career to be sustainable and lucrative but realize for so many, this is hard to come by.  A few elements that contribute to a sustainable personal training career at Discover Strength:

  • A 40-hour work week.
  • Constant learning and professional development.
  • Internal “Core Growth Plan” that provides the framework for how a trainer moves toward mastery and continually increases compensation.
  • Working with colleagues who are like-minded, team-first, and are aligned around the same goal.  We constantly inspire excellence from one another.

What type of training methodology does Discover Strength utilize?

Strength training is the only modality of exercise that is administered in Discover Strength studios. Discover Strength employs an evidence-based approach to strength training, which examines the preponderance of peer-reviewed literature and applies these findings to client’s workouts. Extensive on-boarding and continual education process ensures that all trainers understand and adhere to this evidence-based approach.  Discover Strength does not do fads or hype.

College Internship Program

Evidence-Based Resistance Training: From Theory to Practice

What to expect: at Discover Strength we know that you want to be job-ready after college. In order to do that, you need an internship program that connects your academic education to hands-on experience. The problem is most internship programs subscribe to a watch and learn model which makes you feel unprepared. We believe your internship ought to challenge conventional wisdom and stay true to the research.  We understand that the fitness industry is filled with trainers who don’t have the requisite knowledge around exercise or physiology, which is why we only hire 4-year college graduates with kinesiology or exercise science degrees. 

Here is how to apply:

  1. Fill out the contact form below.
  2.  Join the 1st interview to learn more about the program
  3. Join the internship.

So, submit in the contact form today! And in the meantime, check out one of our 6 Twin Cities locations. So you can stop feeling nervous when college ends and instead feel prepared for the future.

Internship Faculty: The internship is led by the Discover Strength Education Team. A team of Discover Strength practitioners with undergraduate and graduate degrees in kinesiology and exercise physiology, certifications from the ACSM, NSCA, NASM, and ACE, and a variety of professional experiences, form the internship faculty.

Applications will be accepted through December 31st but applicants are encouraged to apply early, as space will fill up quickly (max of 20 students)

Start the Process

Want to join the Discover Strength Team? Complete the form below and someone from our hiring team will contact you with more information. You will be asked to provide a resume and cover letter prior to any interviews being scheduled.

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