Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi.
When friends and family hear you’re pursuing a career as a personal trainer they may have some very unrealistic ideas about what your life will become.
Maybe they think you’ll be the next Jillian Michaels, Bob Harper, or Chris Powell; reaching celebrity status for helping others lose weight and sweat a ton on live television. You probably even have your own preconceived ideas about how you’ll stand out among the crowd, change the world and help hundreds of people lose oodles of fat and gain new confidence.
But really, here’s what everybody is thinking …
While those ideas aren’t bad and have some grain of truth, the process of getting to that point may come as a shock.
Like most things in life, you only truly succeed in your career after making mistakes and learning from them.
You can have the best personal trainer certification and business mentors in the world, but that won’t prepare you for your own experiences as a new personal trainer.
Here’s 3 things that you need to know:
1. Get Rid of Unrealistic Preconceived Ideas
The “I have the utmost of knowledge”- Syndrome
You want to change the lives of your clients – that’s your ultimate goal as a fitness professional. But thinking you know everything there is to know about fitness and weight loss now that you have a certification will set you up for a harsh reality in a hurry.
People don’t like arrogant, know-it-all jerks. You’re serving people as a profession. Don’t forget that. Fitness may be a passion for you but as a personal trainer you are there for the person. First priority will be how you can best serve the one paying you for your knowledge and expertise.
Regardless of your knowledge, have a humble attitude and willingness to learn from your clients. You’ll learn more from hands-on practice from a variety of clients than you will reading textbooks and articles.
2. Be Teachable
There’s always going to be something to learn. Information on fitness and nutrition is updated constantly. Do your research and homework regularly. Find a trainer who has done it longer than you and pick their brain.
How do they get new clients?
How do they design their programs?
What setbacks have they had?
How did they overcome those setbacks?
3. Be Yourself
When I first decided to become a trainer I had a great mentor. He had been training clients for years and seemed as if his appointment book was always full. He regularly tested my knowledge and challenged me with his questions.
Some of the best advice he gave me was “Don’t try to be me.” At first, I thought maybe I’d insulted him or he was politely trying to get me to stop coming to him with all of my questions. What he meant was don’t try to have his training style. It was important for me to “find myself” as a trainer.