A good personal trainer is hard to find. I’ve seen many resume’s dropped on my desk. What’s the difference between a good trainer and bad one? You can have all the education in the whole wide world and know how to use it. If you don’t really and genuinely care about the people you are working with, then you won’t succeed. I want you to succeed. As a trainer you are not just there to spend an hour with someone and leave. Most people who come to you need help. They want someone who is invested in their future. The most valuable information I’ve learned doesn’t come from a book.
Here are my top three lessons I’ve learned as a trainer:
1) Be Adaptable: Branching out and working with varied age groups gives you more hands on experience. Not every person you meet is the same. I’ve been told that I can relate to a lot of different people. Be adaptable to different personalities. It’s a skill you develop through practice working with all kinds.
2) Be Creative: Thinking on your feet is one skill I use everyday. I may have a laid out plan with a client, but that doesn’t always work. I don’t have the luxury of consulting a book for answers. You need to be able to come up with a new idea on the spot.
3) Be Confident: When I was young, I did not present myself as someone who felt sure of herself. I did not feel confident in the information I was relating. People can sense that. You many not have all the answers. Confidence is about learning. It’s about admitting you don’t know the answers but are compelled to find them.
A good trainer is motivated to help others have a better quality of life. It takes continued learning and education. I hope the lessons I’ve learned can help you continue to help others.
Yours in good health!