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The Fitness Industry, Its Scope and Potential for Professionals, and the Return on Investment of Fitness Education
Nov 02, 2021
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Did you know about the high ROI on the fees paid by aspiring Personal Trainers & Nutritionists, towards vocational education courses related to Fitness Sciences, that are REPS recognised?

REPS recognised courses are provided by Schools/Institutes that are 3rd Party Accredited to have a syllabus as per Global Standards laid down by iCREPS

Enjoy the immense benefit of entering the Fitness Industry, with ELITE credentials of being a Registered Exercise Professional.

If you have made up your mind to have a career in the Fitness Industry, simply read below to know just how dynamic this industry is.
Once you have read up on it; ask yourself WHY you would just want to be a certified Fitness Professional, instead of belonging to the GLOBAL ELITE club of Registered Exercise Professionals.

To know more about courses that are recognised by REPS INDIA, and thus provide you with the Registered Status, visit

The Fitness Industry doesn’t show any signs of slowing down, and why should it? According to the latest report by the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), the total industry revenue was $96.7bn in 2019, up from $94bn in 2018.

In terms of revenue, the industry growth rate was 2.9% globally.

This, we are talking about a time before the COVID-19 pandemic. Although brick and mortar obviously suffered and was hit hard due to the lockdowns, many gyms could not survive; those that survived, are seeing the crowds return back, and are seeing new memberships on the rise; there is also new investments pouring into the industry, maybe due to the increased penetration of the Fitness Industry in the aftermath of Covid-19, as health and fitness are uppermost in people’s minds. Personal Trainers, and Sports Nutritionists have never been more in demand; never been busier, as the world has made a connection between increased immunity and the Health & Fitness Lifestyle.

Now let’s put some facts and figures to validate the claims made above:

According to the data, the fitness industry grew to 210,000 clubs globally, serving 184 million members.
However, these data are restricted to health clubs only, so it doesn’t take into account boutique studios, community recreation facilities, or gyms located in other venues such as hotels, and condominiums.

The Story in India

What’s the story in India when it comes to earning potential?
How does its fitness industry compare to others around the world?

During the lockdowns, apps that provide fitness services like personal training and nutrition consultation saw a remarkable surge in their usage. Also, video streaming platforms such as YouTube also got flooded with tutorials and guides on how to exercise at home, with minimal to no equipment.

Based on a report by mobile data and analytics provider App Annie, 2020 saw nearly 71,000 new fitness and health apps being launched. This was a staggering 13% increase over 2019. Also, based on an article published on the World Economic Forum’s website, there was a 46% increase in the number of downloads of both health and fitness apps across the world in the first half 2020, with India being the highest in the number of downloads — an amazing growth of 156%.

This, the report said, meant that there were close to 58 million new active users of Fitness Apps in the country.
To give you an example of the scale of growth, one Indian Health & Fitness App witnessed a breathtaking increase of 5 million users during the pandemic.
This accounts for nearly a quarter of its user base of 21 million.

Entering the Fitness Industry

To enter the fitness industry, a solid qualification in exercise science for aspiring personal trainers and performance nutrition for nutritionists is a must. When it comes to personal training, an education that not only teaches the theoretical knowledge of biomechanics and exercise science but also teaches practical application will go a long way in making an effective, job-ready professional.

India now also has the Register for Exercise Professionals (REPS India) which provides professional registration, weblisting, and international portability to its members. An education that is recognised by REPS India will not only certify a professional, it will make him/her into a Registered Exercise Professional of international standards.

The scope of the industry is not limited to only exercise and performance nutrition, the wellness industry as a whole is also one of the fastest growing in the world. Yoga Teachers are equally in demand, if not more than personal trainers; and there’s no better time to start as a yoga professional than now.

So, if you were thinking of investing in fitness education in India, don’t wait. The doors are still wide open if you want to become a fitness professional—be it a personal trainer, a nutritionist, or a yoga teacher.

But we understand that while entering any industry, knowing about the return on investment is important. You just don’t want to throw your money away at any course. You need tried and tested courses that assure a sound return on investment in the fitness and wellness industry, and who better to tell you about return on investment than actual professionals who hit the ground running and who’re earning despite the lockdown. They invested in education, applied what they learned, and not surprisingly, they got success. This is what they have to say:


Rihana is a stellar student of K11 with a thriving practice. You can find her on Instagram on getfitwithrihana. She has completed the Diploma in Personal Training course as well as the Human Performance Nutrition course. At the moment, she’s studying for the NASM-CPT course with K11’s prep classes. When we asked her about her earning potential and return on investment when she was just starting out, here’s what she had to say:

“I had made an investment of INR 80,000 for both the courses (DPT and HPN) if I’m not wrong. That time the fees was this much. I got a placement from K11, and I started working as a floor trainer at Fitness First, and that time the salary was INR 9,000. But, within 3 months…in fact lesser than that I became a personal trainer, and on commission basis I started earning, and within 3 months…I think 3 to 4 months…I recovered my entire money which I had invested in my education. Since I was doing good over there, per month, I was making INR 50,000 to INR 60,000”


Tilak train_with_tilak_twt is both a Diploma in Personal Training holder and a Master Trainer, and this is what he had to say about the return on investment when it comes to investing in education which he did at K11.

“Immediately, after my course (DPT), I had the interview. I got my work in Talkwalkars in Hyderabad. So, then I got a good name within a very short time. It took me two months to recover the money (invested in K11) back, because I didn’t join as…normally they would take people as general trainer…straightaway they gave me the position of a personal trainer…”

“I covered the amount for the Master Trainer’s course within 3-4 months because I’m charging high…not high but it is ok…decent price. I’m charging INR 40,000 for a client now for 16 days of personal training, and because of it, I was able to buy myself a new car.”

Shireen Latif

Shireen be_fit_with_shireen pursued the Diploma in Personal Training course. When we spoke to her about return on investment on education, this is what she had to say.

“My experience like before I joined K11, I have started my work as a personal trainer. Then when I had joined K11 for gaining my knowledge…after gaining my knowledge I got a good job opportunity…Thinkrooter the company name is, I joined here. Matlab maine 2019 k December mey join kiya tha. So because of the coronavirus 2020 k jo beech mey time pe humare practical miss ho gaya tha but after the theory I had already started my training.”

“So in a year of getting pretty more clients, I gifted myself a scooty in March of 2021, and my DPT is completed in 2021 January. I got my certificate. Because of this knowledge, I get more clients, I got more freelancing clients too.”

“After my certification, during lockdown period, I got my clients for freelancing. In 6 to 7 months maximum I made up all the money I had invested in K11. During the lockdown period I recovered the money.”


He goes by the Instagram handle teteavasto_aineh_g, and here’s his take on return on investment after getting educated in fitness sciences at K11.

“It took me around 2 months I guess to cover the initial investment made in K11. I passed out in December 2017. I started in 2018 in January. I started getting clients. In February I had even more clients, which allowed me to cover the amount. After 2019 in October, that time it was INR 90,000 a month. That was the highest month.”


We haven’t even scratched the surface of stories about successful fitness professionals doing extremely well in the fitness industry, but we hope that we were able to paint a coherent picture about the industry and the professionals who are having a thriving practice. We’ve covered the global fitness industry, the Indian fitness industry, and the fitness professionals plying their trade. If you think fitness is your calling and that’s what you want to do with your life, start with the right education, everything else will follow!

Thank you for reading.

– Rahul Chitrakar

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