Happy 4th of July to all my American friends!
Last week, I outlined five possible side hustle projects I’m looking into. I already outlined my plan Part 1, for menu planning and becoming a running instructor. Now I’m looking at what it will take to become a triathlon coach, yoga instructor or personal trainer.
Becoming a certified triathlon coach in Canada involves taking a number of courses offered by the Coaching Association of Canada and certified by the National Coaching Certification Program. Each provincial body is different (although it appears the certification is good nationally once awarded). Some offer specific courses, Triathlon Manitoba does not. The initial courses take two weekends and cost $70 per weekend. After completing those two weekend, I would considered a trained coach, but would not be certified; to obtain certification I would have to complete four more modules. Those modules could be harder to complete; I can’t find any information about them being offered in Manitoba. Those are farther away for now though.
If I want to become a yoga instructor, there are a few routes I can take. For most studios, training takes 200 hours, and can be done either a) over four to five weeks of full time training, or b) over one to two years of weekend sessions. If I wanted to become Bikram certified, it is only done in the US, and lasts almost 8 weeks. Cost range from $2,000 to $15,000. I’ll be honest. I like yoga, I find it relaxes me and it is great for stretching out my poor stiff muscles. But $15,000? I don’t love yoga that much. I can’t see investing that much money to certify for something that I’d be teaching as a side gig. The other local courses are $2,000, $3,450 and $4,500. Those may be options I look into in the future, but definitely not right now.
CanFit Pro, the same organization I’m getting my nutrition certification from, also offers certification in personal training. Their certification, including an annual membership, the training course (over 3+ days) and certification exam costs $538. There is a session being offered in my area in November. They also offer a Group Fitness Instructor certification course; it would cost $508. If I took both courses, one of them would be reduced by $89 (the annual membership fee amount).
Since I’m already working on the Nutrition Specialist certification and taking a running class to work towards the running instructor side gig, I’m not moving forward with any of these three options in the next few months. Once I have taken the initiative to launch Part 1 of my side hustle plan, then I’ll decide how to move forward with Part 2. Based on my research and my areas of interest, triathlon coaching would come first, followed by Personal Trainer certification. I just can’t see paying $2,000+ to teach yoga.
Time to get this hustle going!