People who come to you seeking personal training are human being just like anybody else; and as such they have feelings, emotions, and respond to stimuli differently. As such, being a great personal trainer means more than just being able to administer your client a great workout routine. To become a great personal trainer, you have to be able to relate to each of your clients on an individual basis. In that sense, you have to not only give them excellent workout session, but also motivate them, care about them, and set a good example. All things equal, if you want to become a great personal trainer, it’s not really your workout delivery that sets you apart; but rather, your attitude, work ethic and professionalism. So without further ado, here are 3 key tips on how to become a great personal trainer.
What to become a great personal trainer? Then don’t pretend to know it all
You don’t become a great personal trainer by pretending to know it all. So here’s a scenario for you, to illustrate this point: you are at a dinner with a bunch of friends and they are talking about a topic you have NO idea about; but instead of asking them to clarify, you just keep nodding along and even venture out to give your take on the topic. And don’t say you’ve never done this because you know you have.
Well, let’s bring it back to personal training; a client asks your point of view about a topic s/he’s familiar with but wanted to get your opinion on it. You have NO clue what the client is referring to, but you jump in and offer your advice. Now what you have just done can put your client’s life into jeopardy because you may have given her the worst advice ever! Long story short, when you don’t know something, simply acknowledge you don’t know it, but tell your client you will do some research on it and get back to her. Knowing that you don’t know it all is the first step to becoming a great personal trainer.
What to become a great personal trainer? Then be there when your clients need you
Being there doesn’t mean following your client’s every movement, having her a towel when she finishes her shower, or jumping out the bushes and screaming “STOPPP” when she is getting ready to destroy that McDonald’s double-quarter-pounder. So this doesn’t mean you have to trail her. They can’t train their body intuitively, that’s why they’ve hired you. But they also don’t expect a stalker 😉
Instead, if you want to become a great personal trainer, you have to ensure that your client is your most important focus at least for the entire duration of your personal training. This means you can’t act bored, you can’t be checking your phone ever minute, you can’t exchange long conversations with other people in your surroundings. Your single most important job at that point is to motivate your client as much as possible, and get them to trust you and do what you say
What to become a great personal trainer? Then never be late
If you want to become a great personal trainer, being late should be completely erased from your vocabulary. Nothing turns a client off more than a personal trainer who shows up late, and offers some lame excuses, then do it again the next day. Your client’s time is very valuable, and costly to them.
If you can’t even trust yourself to be on time, how can they trust themselves to lose their weight? If you are usually late, try to identify the core issue and find a solution pronto, that’s if you really want to become a great personal trainer.