From a boring career to a successful one
For many years I’ve spent time in the gym working with 1–2–1 PT sessions. It’s a beautiful job, so much that it doesn’t seem like work. But as any other job, sometimes you can feel like you’re getting closer to the edge of being unproductive, unsatisfied, and with less of a need to want to talk to people. If you haven’t reached this point, that’s amazing! Keep going!
I’ve had my own experience with breakdowns during my career and I am doing my best to consistently keep a high energy level everyday. At this point in my career I have found some assets that have allowed me to have a better connection with the environment. This is my 7 step guide to a greater performance.
The most important thing is to have a continuous education. This includes meeting new people, having conversations, and sharing ideas that will keep your brain active. In doing so, you will not only learn new things but you will also improve your training techniques that you offer to your clients.
Something that I see really often is that Personal Trainers spend too much time on their phones. When you stay on your phone, the most important things you lose are the connection with your client and the risk that your client will perform something wrong during the exercises. The best way to spend less time on your phone is to invest in a smart watch. It allows you to keep your phone put away and at the same time you are still accessible to others. The best method is to check your phone during workout breaks.
Some minor adjustments on your clients posture during their workout will give you an advantage, you’ll be their number one choice. They will appreciate the critique and you! My clients wouldn’t miss the chance to show me the trainers that do not correct their own “customers”. In order to do this you have to study a bit more. So what? Your brain stays busy! Good job!
Nobody is saying that you should be boring and shut your mouth, but with a chat lasting longer than one minute will take you in like a quicksand. And if you continue talking the conversation will take you deeper and deeper into the quicksand. You set goals at the first assessment with each client and you need to achieve these goals — rather than spending the whole session talking. The satisfaction of the results your client will obtain will be much greater than the daily chats filled with nonsense.
When a client is unable to do the exercise there is probably something that you are missing. Train, analyze, and find some simplified explanations for the ones that have never studied anatomy and biomechanics. Otherwise you will get frustrated and can even end up with an angry client. It is not their fault for the lack of understanding and coordination, movement is a difficult thing to understand! And lastly, a good explanation will be appreciated and you earn points towards being a top PT.
Try to go beyond the borderline when it comes to connection. When you keep a distance from your clients it with create some what of a “doctor-patient” situation where there is tension and anxiety in the air. Become friends, it’s fun! I have a few clients that migrated towards me from other personal trainers just because their previous trainers liked to keep a “poker face” formal relationship.
I know that the best way to do your job is to be with the eyes on the client. However, you can create a program that you can sell online and teach some harmless exercises that don’t require supervision. This will keep you online for one or two hours a day but the extra income will be lovely. Maybe from your monthly online revenue you can pay for that trip you’ve been wanting to go on.
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