Be a great Personal Trainer – Tips and Advice

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I’m not the most successful trainer in the world, but I’ve been able to develop a loyal following of the people I train.

As a personal trainer, you must first understand your responsibility. What is it that you are trying to do and what is required of you?

As a personal trainer or athletic trainer, you are trying to help people get healthy and in shape. You don’t need to know everything about nutrition and weight lifting to achieve that. You just need to know the basics.

What are the basics?

To lose weight you need to burn more calories then you consume to gain weight you need to eat more calories then you consume.

To build muscle you need to lift to failure and your body needs to fatigue in order for it to change.

That’s pretty much it!

The reality is that that is all your clients need to know. You on the other hand, are the one in charge to develop programs for them that achieve those goals. You need to know what your client’s goals are and you need to wipe their brain’s clean of all the nonsense that they hear or read about.

Learn to explain to them the muscle failure concept. Why it’s important and what it really means.

Learn to explain to them as easily as possible exactly how to develop the body of their dreams. How to build muscle, the benefits of cardio, the importance of rest, etc.

As a personal trainer, you have the responsibility to stay in shape. You must be the example that your client’s are going to follow. You must be their inspiration.

With that said, you need to engage in activities that promote your hard work. You can’t just go up to people and be like, hey, to look like me let me train you.

People stay because of your brand. They stay because you motivate them, because you push them, because you make them better!

You want to be professional, you want to teach the right things, but you have to understand that building a business is that… a business. A business doesn’t build itself. A brand doesn’t build itself.

A personal trainer must also be empathetic. You have to understand that clients hire you because they have no clue what they are doing. They may know what a lunge is, but they have no idea how to do it properly.

You must understand that most can’t lift as heavy as you, most can’t work out at your intensity, most have injuries they are recovering from. Your clients have compensations, they have tightness, they have so many problems that it’s scary.

But that’s what you’re there for!

Getting strong is a progression. Getting in shape is a progression. Losing weight is a progression. Your clients have to understand that!

In conclusion, understand that being a personal trainer is about also being a life coach. Your client’s respect you and look up to you. They come to you because they want to feel better about themselves. You are their hope.

Become knowledgeable of your craft. Stay on top of all studies and research. Practice your craft, not only as a competitor and as a person, but as if you were one of your clients. Put yourself in their shoes and think outside the box.

How would they feel doing certain exercises? If you had back problems, what exercises and what positions may hurt you? If you haven’t trained in ages, how do you get back as quickly as possible without risking injury?

Just remember, you are not only a trainer… you’re a business man, a life coach, a teacher, and a test dummy. You’re also inspiration and motivation.

With that said, get to work!

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