If your client has to tell you to push them harder, as a trainer, you’re doing it wrong. Sick and tired of seeing people getting certified because its (obviously) the “cool” thing to do. If you’re not going to put your heart and soul into this “career”, save your clients time and reevaluate your life for a second. I deal with real life issues.. one being their lifestyle. No one spends thousands of dollars for a human rep counter nor should you be paid for being one.
That was my Facebook post this afternoon, after a situation at work. Here, as I pathetically attempt to answer a required online question for class, explains a little about where I see myself doing later down the road..
I also plan on building a business in regards to physical fitness (well maybe not). Not to keep mentioning the fact, but being a personal trainer for as long as I have been has really opened my eyes to how seriously mental and emotional lifestyle changes can be. It goes so much further than just losing weight, getting “big” ext , there is HUGE underlying issues in more than 50% of the people that walk thru those gym doors.
Now I have had a past, since at least from what I clearly remember started in 8th grade, full of body image issues. I have since starting blogging and having a huge (OK don’t think huge.. lets just say, decent) following base. I have stayed in good contact with past clients, and have truly taken the time out to help these people. I also have 1 client who lives in California (from one of my accounts), that has paid me to email, text back and forth, a training and nutrition regimen to compete in national bikini competitions. So, what I am saying is, I want to start something by word of mouth. Have my clients be my “advertising”. I mean knowing people in the industry is going to be helpful, but again, by word of mouth. You know someone that knows somebody (Or if all else fails, or if I really have to give an “idea”, I’d start advertising or working with bridal stores, marketing boot camps for brides to be).
I may be completely not following the script, or even answering the question but I want to be everything in one. I see the psychological aspect of is. I know that coaching is staying in the future going forward, but I also want to be the one they go to to talk about the past (so i m p o r t a n t). Just today at work, a trainer called me saying he accidentally slept in and missed 3 appointments. I hung up and immediately went to the trainer table. Now mind you, here I am just the personal trainer counselor (aka sales even though I am currently still certified). However I went to check the computer and a younger girl, mid 20’s, walked over to the table. I asked her if she had a training appointment and indeed, with the missing trainer. I explained the situation and asked her if she would like for me to train her or felt more comfortable rescheduling. She didn’t mind either so I encouraged taking me up on the offer (knowing I would of pushed her harder than she would of herself). She obliged and I asked for her workout journal that clients are given at time of commitment. I noticed no measurements have been taken recently, if at all and after 4 months of training you would think it would have been done. I walk her over to the table after explaining how important measuring progress was 😉 I sat her down and just began talking. How long she was training a week with a trainer (3), to if she’s noticing progress (insert how awesome this is, its like practice!). Just questions that made her open up to which she expressed her love for swimming but too embarrassed to get in the pool. The more questions I asked and let her open up, the more she did to which she said (verbatim) “I think I need a therapist”.It was awesome. THAT’S what I want. I want to be that persons therapist, coach, nutritionist, personal trainer. All of it, all in one.
So I guess my point is, I don’t give the amount of revenue, well enough to pay the bills (but again insert idea about bridal stores if thats what this question is asking) but working minimum wage (and living with the best mom ever FREE RENT) has been working just fine. So if any of this makes sense (and as long as I pass my tests and turn in homework), I think that since I wrote this much I should get an A (for effort of course).
You like that shit? Luckily, he is an awesome teacher and that little part I added at the end will at least make someone laugh 🙂 Going to bed though. Pretty exhausted after today. Have been on point though. Sushi dinner with the boyfriend post second cardio session. That’s right! Doing 2 a days lately. It’s so easy because I am ALREADY AT THE GYM! I have NO excuses lol. Eating has been key too. Did just splurge on a little carbs but not one fuck was given.