Blog By: Kavitha Iyer
Ever wondered what it takes to pump people up and whip them into shape? Personal trainers are highly trained, certified individuals that have studied the art of the dead-lift and mastered the squat and want to help others do the same. But taking a course and going to the gym might not be enough be enough to make you into a successful trainer.
Make sure you have these traits and skills as well before you jump into a world of fitness.
1) You Love Fitness
When you want to make fitness and exercise your job, you should probably love it. If you find yourself constantly on fitness forums, checking out the latest trends, and dressing in nothing but Spandex, it might be time to turn that passion into your career.
2) You Want to Help People
Want a career where you can really make a difference? Personal trainers help people meet their fitness goals, whether it’s weight loss, a healthier lifestyle, running a marathon, or impressing an ex-girlfriend. That makes personal training extremely rewarding, especially when you see your clients meet those goals.
3) You’re Patient
Of course, some clients will come up with excuses, fall off the fitness wagon, or completely give up: That’s frustrating. The best personal trainers need to have the patience to understand that not everyone is as dedicated to fitness as they are. The trick is finding what works for each individual to be successful and being patient when results aren’t instantaneous.
4) You Love to Learn
Fitness is not a static industry. If you refuse to adapt to new techniques, trends, and ideas, you’ll probably get nixed for a trainer who loves to learn and grow. Extra certification, courses, and even training videos can help you grow your brain and your muscles.
5) You Have Great Communication Skills
Anytime you’re working heavily with clients, you’ll want to make sure you have great communication skills. From outlining plans to offering motivation, you need to be able to clearly tell those you work with what you need from them. While different personal trainers have different communication styles, they should all be able to say what they mean and mean what they say.
6) You’re Willing to Lead By Example
When you’re a personal trainer, you’re a walking billboard for your services. That’s not to say you can’t enjoy a slice of pizza now and again, but you do need to be willing to lead your clients by example. The best personal trainers eat, sleep, and train fitness to be able to pass that mentality to their clients, so you have to be willing to make your career your lifestyle.
If you’re not sure if training is the right career for you, but you still want to work in fitness, don’t worry: Facilities managers, gym owners, group fitness instructors, and even fitness bloggers all get to be part of the industry without actually training clients. If you do meet most of this criteria, however, personal training might be the perfect place to start helping people with your love of all things exercise.
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