Tips on How to Be a Better Personal Trainer

Many people who want to get fit through working out opt not to hire personal trainers. There are several reasons people have as to why they don’t—some don’t feel the need for personal trainers, others view having a personal trainer a luxury, and there are some who have heard of bad experiences on having personal trainers from other people. Due to these bad experiences others have encountered, finding a good personal trainer can be a challenge. Although there are some personal trainers who focus on earning rather than teaching, you have to set yourself apart from these personal trainers and hopefully erase the idea that personal trainers are just ‘in for the money’.

Getting certifications for being fitness professionals is easy; because of this, it is inevitable that some people doubt the credibility of personal trainers in general. Since some people tend to shy away to the idea of hiring personal trainers because of fear of hiring the wrong one, here are some tips to how to improve as a personal trainer.

Ensure that you have the knowledge, education and experience. Some personal trainers get content once they receive certification on being fitness professionals. You should keep in mind that certificates are just part of the education, though. People need someone who’s up to date with latest fitness routines, someone who continues to learn about working out techniques. However, knowledge and education are still not enough. You need to experience the fitness routines you’ll share to your clients. You have to know what you’re talking about because you’ve gone through it as well. Experience does not only pertain to the types of workouts you are teaching; you have to have teaching experience, too. There are trainers who are knowledgeable in executing fitness routines themselves but are not very good when it comes to teaching others how to do it.

You need to get fit, practice what you preach. This is one of the most important qualities people look for in a personal trainer. They want someone who not only teaches about how to get fit, but someone who applies it.

Be professional at all times. When you’ve developed good work ethics, your clients will be comfortable in sharing their fitness goals. Working together with a client toward a goal will be much easier. Professionalism also includes being present and on time on classes.

You have to have passion and determination. A good personal trainer should be a great motivator as well. You should never be tired of bringing out the best in your clients. You should never give up in working with clients to achieve their fitness goals.

Improve your communication skills. You need to be someone who can communicate and understands people very well. Personal trainers with good communication skills are good listeners and can easily understand every client’s wants and needs. You should also start asking questions proactively.

Show your empathy. Another important trait that a good personal trainer should have is empathy. You should know when your client has had enough exercise or when they’ve reached their limit for the day.

Improve your organizational skills. Since your job includes setting fitness goals for your clients, you should learn how to develop a plan that works best for your clients, implemented at the right time.

You need to be more realistic and patient. Don’t ever forget that your clients are humans. Part of the responsibilities of a personal trainer is educating trainees not only on workout routines but on nutrition as well. Although healthy eating is one of the requirements in getting fitter, you ought to know that it’s just human nature to give in to some unhealthy foods from time to time. The fitness goals you will set should also be realistic, reasonable and attainable.

Learn how to focus and pay attention. A good personal trainer should monitor clients closely to be able to track their progress. You need focus on your clients and their physical fitness. When your clients know that you pay attention to them, you also show your respect and will get it in return.

Personal trainers are a great help in achieving fitness goals. Professional athletes hire personal trainers for a good reason. Once you’ve achieved all the traits people look for in trainers, you can prove that not all personal trainers are the same and encourage people to see the importance of personal trainers.

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A Big Problem In The Personal Training Industry

Supplements are becoming a large problem in the personal training industry as they are a big threat to its integrity. Many personal trainers sell supplements to earn commission and to supplement their income.

Whilst there is nothing wrong with selling supplements it can pose a dilemma where you are put into a situation where you could compromise your personal ethics in order to sell a supplement your client might not need in order to make a little extra money.

If as a trainer, you have done your research and it is clear that a supplement could help your client reach their goals then go ahead and recommend it to your client. In some cases even when the product is valid to the customer as well as high quality the client can still suffer from expensive prices due to the high mark up necessary in order to fully compensate the personal trainer.

Unfortunately it is quite rare for a personal trainer to adequately research a supplement before selling a supplement under the promise of excellent results. In this scenario the trainer is creating a problem when the client after spending money on the recommended supplement sees no results.

Commonly the most expensive supplements offer the biggest kickbacks to the personal trainer and thus the client ends up paying even more for a supplement they might not even need.

If you want to recommend supplements to your client you need to put in the research in to just how effective the product is. The supplement industry is filled with more than just the standard protein powder and creatine. There are always the latest trends promoted on TV such as raspberry ketones.

It might have take you months to build up a trust with a client so don’t breach that trust just to make a couple of dollars on a single product.

Lastly when you do recommend a product make sure the client can get the best price possible. It is not difficult to set up a discount code page for your favourite brands a long with some affiliate links. This enables you to offer the best prices available via voucher codes whilst still earning your commission. Just take a look at this MuscleFood discount code page and this Myprotein discount code page as an example.

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5 Steps to Being Successful in the Online Fitness Industry

  1. Make connections

More doors will open when you know more people. It’s impossible to be an expert in everything so although you might have a decent understanding of many topics in fitness it will pay off to have friends who are experts in those subjects.

Many people are open to discussing topics in their area of expertise and to share knowledge just make sure you aren’t trying to be a freeloader and you can offer something back in return.

  1. Coach people

Whilst it may seem like you fully understand a topic, it always helps your understanding to teach it and explain it to someone else.

Aim to find internships with coaches who already coach the same type of people you want to work with. Coaching is a completely new skill that must be learnt. Whilst studying theory is certainly useful for widening your knowledge base it doesn’t motivate people or provide confidence to athletes.

  1. Don’t expect to make any significant amount of money for a long time

Between building your knowledge base, taking part in internships, growing a traffic base and doing work experience you can expect to do a lot of work for little to no money. Of course you can take a personal training course and within a few short weeks be teaching clients at your gym but you would be doing them a great disservice.

  1. Deal with people as individuals

Most people join the fitness industry in order to actually help people, it is important to remember that. If someone has taken the time to write a legitimate question then take the time to answer it.

Of course as your popularity grows you will have less time but never forget that any success you have achieved so far is down to the people that follow your work and buy your products. If someone is asking you a question they are probably one of your fans and have already or are at least thinking about supporting you by purchasing a product.

  1. Pass it on

Once you start to become popular and actually have a following don’t forget about all the people that gave you help to achieve what you have. If you have the opportunity to do so help out the people who are just starting out. This doesn’t mean you have to spoon feed them but it certainly doesn’t help pointing people in the right direction, particularly those who you can see are putting in a lot of work and just need a lucky break or some extra encouragement.

Give them some constructive criticism on their work, help set them up with people you know in the industry for things such as guest posts, share their work with your audience to get them some extra exposure.

Ultimately we are trying to help people and improve the quality of the fitness industry so the more talented people there are in the industry the more people we can help.

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Not All Of Your Personal Training Clients Want To Be Bodybuilders

All clients are different and they might have very different goals and reasons for wanting a personal trainer. You need to be able to figure out what those goals and reasons are so that you will be able to deliver what they want.

Many trainers have been where their client currently is and has gone through the process of getting in shape. The problem is that a client might not have the same level of motivation and usually hire a personal trainer because they are busy and want to remove some of the responsibility.

A lot of people join a gym with the overall goal of being healthier or to get in shape. They do expect to be taken out of their comfort zones from time to time but they might not be prepared to be pushed to the limit every session.

You should always keep your client in mind and their health should be the priority. You wouldn’t want to push them so hard that they get injured. Many clients will hire a personal trainer to show them the ropes and to introduce them to exercises in a safe and controlled way so that they don’t get injured.

Sometimes even if you know you can get them into the best shape of their lives with a six-pack it might be better to give them a more realistic goal. If you set a goal that can be achieved in 3 to 4 weeks the client may then decide to push himself that little bit further. At the end of the day it is always a better feeling to have achieved a small milestone than to fail at something bigger.

The greatest amount of value you can provide your clients is an education, similar to the expression it is better to teach a man how to fish rather than to just give him a fish. By making your client more knowledgeable it will also place more responsibility on the client so that they understand why they should be doing things a certain way and why it works.

It is certainly possible for the client to achieve their goals without them having to follow a bodybuilder’s lifestyle. Of course if your client wants to be a bodybuilder then by all means go ahead and treat them accordingly.

Make sure to set goals that they can be successful at. Training a person to do their first chin up is often more than enough to make them happy. Set short term weekly goals so that they can get into the habit of being successful and motivated.

 

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