Hey what is up everyone I now have gotten somewhat settled in to my new job.( Thank goodness only took about 7 months). I get to work with a fantastic group of people on a daily basis. I work with a very large range of people from young freshmen in high school athletes to 72 year old women. Everyday I learn something new. I will try to write some of the things that I have learned while working the last 7 months.
1. Not many people care how much you know.
People hope that their trainer knows a lot about training and all the latest training protocols and fancy terms. What they really care about is how much you care about how them and help them achieve their goals. If you show your clients how much you care about them they will listen to you and give you their all. If you’re unable to build a strong bond they will be less likely to give their all and commit themselves to the program. Want successful clients? show them some love and they will get results.
2. Long hours
Be prepared to work very long hours. Some days will start my morning at 5:00am and wont be done until 7:30pm. Even though the hours are long are long and the pay is “ok” I would not trade it for the world. Hopefully you get to work with some clients that help keep you motivated.
3.Text book vs. Real Life.
Real life will always trump Text book every time. You will ask a client to perform an exercise and it will not hit the target muscle group or they wake up the next day sore in a completely different spot. Even worse is when a client will nail a movement one day and two days later you start from the ground up again. You will run into that a lot but hey that is why you’re there to make sure they are performing everything right.
4. Don’t be afraid to fire a client
If you have a client who constantly stands you up or wont follow the program and/or doesn’t treat you with any respect. You can fire a client. Don’t let yourself be a push over. You’re there to try to help someone try to reach their goals. If they are not compliant to the program and don’t get results. What happens? They begin to talk to their friends and families saying that they trained with you and they did not get any better. Now your reputation is tarnished because they did not comply to the program that you developed. They wont say that to their friends though. If you start seeing signs of a non compliant client don’t be afraid to let them go.( unless you are hurting for the money.)
These are only a few lessons that I have learned over the last couple of months as I keep learning and getting more experiences I will continue to post here. Have a good one.