7 Things You Need to Know About Becoming a Personal Trainer
October 9, 2017
Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi
Before you get your first client, complete a fitness assessment, or help someone achieve a fitness goal, there are a few things you need to know about becoming a personal trainer.
It’s not just a gig where you help people lose weight and build muscle. You need to be able to do other important things to be a successful personal trainer, such as:
1. Attract Clients
You need to figure out how to get personal training clients. If you work in a gym, offer members a free fitness assessment, host a meet-and-greet event, or simply help people work out smarter and safer when you’re on the gym floor.
If you’re running your own personal training business, work online, or have an independent contractor agreement with a gym, you’ll need to step up your marketing efforts to find your own clients.
Online marketing, like creating a lead magnet, can help you connect with potential clients. Developing social media profiles on popular platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter can help you build an audience of potential clients, too. And in-person networking can help you build your personal training business whether you work for a gym or on your own.
2. Understand Business Basics
If you’re on the payroll at a gym, taxes and insurance may already be taken care of. If you’re running your own business, talk to an accountant about how to handle taxes. And check out your options for liability insurance as a personal trainer.
3. Be Willing to Commit
Most personal trainers don’t wake up one day with a schedule booked with clients. It takes time to get clients, train them, and get results. The first couple of months can be hard. But if you stick with it, just one client who gets great results can be an excellent referral source to help you stay busy.
4. Choose a Part-time or Full-time Path
Being a personal trainer can be a full-time job. But it doesn’t have to be. Lots of successful trainers work part-time hours around school, family, another job, or other obligations. It’s a good idea to know what you want to do when you get started. But don’t worry, you can always change your mind later.
5. Be a Good Listener/Teacher
One of the best skills you can have as a personal trainer is being a good listener. When a client feels comfortable telling you about their health, fitness, diet, and other things in their life, you’ve got valuable information to help you create a customized training program to help them get results.
Of course, you have to do more than just listen. Trainers are also great teachers who can show a client how to squat safely, for example, and make smart decisions about nutrition.
But it doesn’t stop there. You’ll also need to be able to motivate and inspire clients to stay on track to achieve their goals. One way you can do this is by simply being a model for health and fitness by working out and eating right.
6. Expect Income Fluctuations
It’s one of the challenges of being a personal trainer. One week you might be fully booked with client sessions every hour. The next week, only half of your available hours are booked. And that means there can be income fluctuations from week to week or month to month. Create a plan to help you manage your finances.
7. Be Organized
There’s a lot more to keep track of as a personal trainer than just reps and sets. You’ll want to develop a system to organize and secure client information. Easy access to fitness assessments and progress reports will help you provide a better client experience. A paper-based filing system works, but more and more trainers are using online platforms and software to stay organized. And if you’re not already using a calendar to keep track of your training sessions, it’s time to start.
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