Firstly, THANK YOU for taking the time to have a quick read of my latest write up!
This week I wanted to write about WHY I stopped taking on clients and basically “broke up” with my career as a Personal Trainer.
Over the last 10 or so years, the occupation of being a “personal trainer” has grown substantially. Like, ridiculously! I somehow managed to choose to take on the career at the same time that everyone else decided to. #rookieerror.
Personal Training & working with people and helping them in particular, is something I am extremely passionate about. I enjoy teaching people, encouraging people, believing in people & working with people. So why the break up?
TRAINING OTHERS WHEN YOU SHOULD BE TRAINING YOURSELF
I found that I was training my clients, in the time slots I needed to train myself. Clients need to be trained early morning or evening. These are the only times, working around my other employment, that I can personally do my own training Whether that is strength training, running, riding, pilates or stretching. I highly value “my time” and found that I was putting others before myself. This is something most trainers have to do, so next time you see your trainer, thank them!
EARLY MORNING NO SHOWS
We all have things go on in our lives which put us behind or make us late to appointments etc. As a personal trainer, you are bound to get those 5am text messages that say” Hey so sorry, won’t be making it today”. Mean while you’re already up, session planned and ready to go. As frustrating as it was, I was well aware that people had things going on in their lives and somethings you just can’t control. However, I love my sleep! So to take my time out, plan and be waiting for someone that doesn’t show up was extremely disheartening.
WHY YOU NO LISTEN TO ME LINDA!
“I’m just not getting the results”. Those heartbreaking words said by clients. Until, you go over their food diary, sleep patterns, exercise regime and find out that everything you designed, explained and suggested has been completely overlooked and none of it completed or adhered to. I found that there was nothing more frustrating than putting my heart and soul into someone and them not showing the same commitment.
IT’S A DOG EAT DOG WORLD
Collaborating with fellow trainers, only to find out that behind your back they were “snaking/stealing/persuading” your very own customers to join their programs instead. Ummmm…MATE! That’s not very Australian. I’m really not into competing for “clients” and don’t believe that people should be “competed for”. People deserve to train with who they work well with. I’ve always said it and still do to this day “Not every trainer is for every person, and not every person is for every trainer”.
The walls in which I’ve worked as a trainer have heard and seen many things. Tears, tantrums, deceit, pain, challenges, stories, lies, truths, passion, wins and losses. I’ve heard indepth truths of peoples lives and never told a soul. I’ve handed tissues to clients along with their dumbbells. As a trainer, you take all of this on. Your clients trust you with their very personal health and medical issues. Even though in your own world, you are dealing with your own happenings and emotions, it is also your job to listen and help others with theirs. You are a PERSONAL TRAINER. It gets very personal.
Stated above, I had a break up with my career as a personal trainer. It’s coming on exactly 1 year since I said “Goodbye”. At the moment, I still have a very special client that I see weekly and absolutely LOVE working with! I’ve enjoyed the break and ponder daily where I see myself as a personal trainer in the future. I feel like it is definitely something I will continue with, but in a different way and with a different style. Who knows WHEN or HOW that will be. But keep your eyes peeled…..you never know what’s around the corner!
SHOUT OUT TO ALL THE PERSONAL TRAINERS OUT THERE DOING EARLY MORNINGS, LATE NIGHTS, LOW INCOMES, BUSY SCHEDULES BUT ARE LOVING WHAT THEY DO AND PUTTING THE HEALTH AND HAPPINESS OF OTHERS BEFORE THEMSELVES! YOU GUYS ARE LEGENDS!