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Hi guys,

New poster here from London, England. I've been working across the world as a Fitness Professional, unfortunately these were just seasonal contracts so no chance to settle down. I'm looking for something a bit more permanent and would like some tips.

From my current research there's a unanimous decision to "stay the hell away from Fitness First!!". I've read that loud and clear.

I'm looking on Hosco, Bayt & Linkedin. I've years of experience do fitness modelling on the side which may or may not help the applications but I'm struggling to get anywhere. The interviews I've received never amount to anything i.e HYATT were interested but never called on the scheduled date and the same again for the scheduled calls.

Is it best to find the SPA directly and email recruitment? Are there any job sites I'm missing?

Thanks a bunch.

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[EDIT] I've noticed all of the Fitness First posts are from a decade back, anyone know it's changed?

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Hi,
We have used various personal trainers since we have lived in both Dubai & Abu Dhabi - they are really good but don’t seem to earn much money.
Typical salary in 3000-6000 AED basic plus a commission once they do more than a certain number of paid sessions per month - which they tell me are hard to achieve regularly.
Some trainers work in gyms, some come to our house - all seem to earn similar amounts.
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There are a lot of Ďfitness professionalsí in Dubai and many gyms of varying quality.

If you are looking at the PT side of things in my opinion itís saturated and very hard for anyone good to stand out from the rest in a short time. Like many professions you need something different to stand out.

If you are looking at established gyms or hotel facilities you will be competing with some fairly well qualified individuals who will be happy to earn a lot less then you.

I use Fitness First and like it. Very few staff from the UK though but many from Eastern Europe, Russia, Philippines and African countries and as Steve says wages are not high but the good staff who do a lot of PT do ok but those less popular make very little.
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Hi,
We have used various personal trainers since we have lived in both Dubai & Abu Dhabi - they are really good but donít seem to earn much money.
Typical salary in 3000-6000 AED basic plus a commission once they do more than a certain number of paid sessions per month - which they tell me are hard to achieve regularly.
Some trainers work in gyms, some come to our house - all seem to earn similar amounts.
Cheers
Steve
Thanks Steve. That's good to know.

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There are a lot of Ďfitness professionalsí in Dubai and many gyms of varying quality.

If you are looking at the PT side of things in my opinion itís saturated and very hard for anyone good to stand out from the rest in a short time. Like many professions you need something different to stand out.

If you are looking at established gyms or hotel facilities you will be competing with some fairly well qualified individuals who will be happy to earn a lot less then you.

I use Fitness First and like it. Very few staff from the UK though but many from Eastern Europe, Russia, Philippines and African countries and as Steve says wages are not high but the good staff who do a lot of PT do ok but those less popular make very little.
Thank you. It definitely seems to be very saturated now, especially with all the high tech gyms I'm seeing. I've read older posts about Fitness First and it seems you can only work for FF, if you leave, you lost the Visa etc etc. I've been looking at Spa jobs but 99% are fitness instructor roles.

I'll keep an eye out.

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Thank you. It definitely seems to be very saturated now, especially with all the high tech gyms I'm seeing. I've read older posts about Fitness First and it seems you can only work for FF, if you leave, you lost the Visa etc etc. I've been looking at Spa jobs but 99% are fitness instructor roles.

I'll keep an eye out.
I know 2 guys who work for FF at my gym who are very happy. They have a big client base and are very happy with what they earn. They both came here from their respective countries specifically to be with FF. They are both well educated and very experienced.
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