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Don’t get tripped up early on in your career. As you hit the ground running, FitMeNow is making sure you avoid the mistakes that other personal trainers have made.
1. Not Planning for the Transition:
Set yourself up for success. Make a smooth transition into your personal training career by understanding it may take time to ramp up business. Do you have the savings or cash flow to support yourself while getting new clients? Can you go straight into full-time personal training or will you have to transition slowly? Are you planning to work as an independent contractor or with a gym. That will make a difference in the money you see coming in right away.
2. Too Much Too Soon:
Give yourself a break! Seriously. You might be really excited to (finally) be a working personal trainer, but you have to remember that you need time to relax. You need time to prep. You need time to build your business. Fight the urge to fill every hour of every day with a client session. Fatigue, albeit not muscle-related, can hinder your ability to properly train your clients. You need to be present and ready to train each of your clients to the best of your ability. Their success (and their positive word of mouth) is your lifeline to a successful career.
3. Not Knowing Your Role:
Yes, you’re a personal trainer. That’s what your business card says, and that’s important. What is doesn’t say, however, is also important. As a personal trainer you need to be a salesperson. You’re going to be constantly selling yourself to gym owners, clients, client contacts, and other industry members. Treat it as if you’re training a product. What is your value proposition? What is your elevator pitch? Don’t know what an elevator pitch is… it’s a 30-second monologue that you can share at any time with confidence. It’s 30 seconds of what you do, how you do, and why they should care. It’s important, and if you don’t have one, start jotting down what you want to include now.
4. Failing to Practice What You Preach:As a personal trainer, a member of the fitness industry, you need to practice what you preach. True story: a personal trainer at a large, well-known gym was eating pizza in the gym as members and training clients were trying to live a healthier lifestyle. That is definitely NOT practicing what trainers preach (or at least none that we know of). Now, we’re certainly not saying that pizza is off limits, but it probably shouldn’t be the meal you eat in front of your clients in the gym. Stay on top of fitness and nutrition trends. Try out recipes. You’ll also be spending a lot more time in the gym now that you’re a trainer, but you still have to make time to sweat. You’re your own best advertisement. Put out a healthy and active energy and people will take notice.
Posted by Anonymous at 9:11 AM
Monday, November 17, 2014
Calling all experienced personal trainers: Have you mentored a new, up-and-coming personal trainer? No.
Well, why not?
As personal trainers, we need to step up and be good mentors for industry newcomers. We need to share our knowledge to help new personal trainers build their careers. We need to ensure that these newbies are good stewards of the industry we love. Together, let’s make sure that they’re ready for a successful career.
- Help Them Build a Strong Career: Starting a career in personal training can be confusing. You know that. So why not help those pursuing a career in the fitness industry by sharing your experiences. Explain the pros and cons of working for a gym versus being a contract (or independent) trainer. Walk them through the best practices for building a client list. Network with them, introduce them to industry influencers or local influencers that can be a positive addition to their career.
- Share Your Passion: If you’re anything like us, you’re proud of your training, education, and client success. You might even say you’re passionate about being a top personal trainer. Share that. Share with new personal trainers your favorite techniques, the influential books you’ve read, blogs you follow and what you do to continue your education. Help them understand how to handle different types of clients and those who are struggling or underperforming. If have specialized training, share your passion for working with athletes, fighting childhood obesity, making sure that seniors stay active, or whatever it may be.
- Pay if Forward: Let’s assume that someone, somewhere, in some way helped you build your career in personal training. Do the same. Pay it forward. Be a positive influence in the career of a new trainer or those still in the certification phase. It serves us all to make sure that the trainers just finishing their education are properly trained and ready to improve the lives of their clients.
For our part, FitMeNow is working to create a simple, reliable resource for trainers -- new and experienced. Check back soon for some exciting news and FitMeNow updates!
Posted by Anonymous at 3:26 PM