LETS TALK – Episode 1 – My First Month as a Personal Trainer
Welcome to the LETS TALK series!
At least once a week I will upload a blog post that could be about a variety of different topics from, workouts, nutrition, supplements or just a general chat. These won’t be too long as I know you are all very busy.
Hopefully you will walk away with some extra knowledge from these posts to help you on your health and fitness journey OR even just get to know me a little better.
We are kicking off Episode 1 of LETS TALK with a little story about my first month as a personal trainer.
IT’S NOT ALL SUNSHINE A RAINBOWS
Although I have been personal training now since the new year, I would say the month just gone (March) was my first proper month of personal training, where business has just got started. The reason for that is because the baby stages of being a personal trainer are slow and can even be a little disheartening, you have all this knowledge, all these skills to help people but no body wants your help, but you have to tell yourself, why would they?
I may have the qualifications, knowledge and belief that I can essentially change someones life, but what have I got to show for it, what proof do I have? That was the first thing I learnt, you are fighting an uphill battle from the start. You need to get clients to show what you can achieve with them, but thats the first hurdle, YOU need to get clients.
So, lesson number 1, you have to a lot for nothing, to hopefully do a lot for something. For both 1-2-1 and online coaching I launched free coaching, yup, entirely free. But what this did was firstly get me clients, because who doesn’t like free stuff, but it also highlighted to me how much I love what I do. Mini wins from clients on a daily/weekly basis and them sharing it with me filled me with so much joy and sense of well being, I still can’t quite believe this is my ‘job’.
Lesson number 2, you have to WORK and I mean really work. Im yet to have a day off, I don’t mean to say that in the sense that, ohhhh look at me, the hustle, the grind. Its more to the point I haven’t quite figured out a structure where I have a day off. I will never have a day off where I just do nothing all day, thats torture to me, but doing slightly less work needs to be factored in, otherwise I know I will burn out fast.
Lesson number 3, my clients are nothing like me. Im very regimented and if someone tells me to do something I’ll do it, with no real questions asked, my coach AJ must love me. But what I have learnt is clients may not hit their macros everyday, they may only be able to train 3 out of 4 sessions, they may even lie, because they don’t want to feel like they have let me down. But what you have got to remember is what they are doing now, is most likely a hell of a lot better than what they were doing previously and they are going to get amazing results from that. It may not be perfect, but as long as they are happy with the results they are getting, thats the main thing.
Those are probably the top three things I have learnt in my first month as a personal trainer. Trust me, there are a hell of lot more lessons learnt, but I don’t want to bore you. I think you get the picture by now. Starting out as a personal trainer is hard, but once you get going, boy does it feel good to know you are changing someones life for the better. I’ll check in with you again in a few months down the line, and report on how things have hopefully, progressed.