FITNESS BUSINESS ARTICLES
To Prevent Personal Trainer Burn Out
Why did you decide to become a personal trainer? Was it your love of exercise? The rush you felt when you lifted a new max weight or beat your best time on the track? Maybe it was the thrill of being able to do what you love each day and help others to follow suite. Most likely it was your passion for fitness, and your passion for helping others, combined.
clients who are dedicated and excited about their workouts,
co-workers who share common interests and ideals, and constant
access to exercise equipment and health food we have a
wonderful and rewarding job.
we usually end up with a few clients who make it difficult to
stay passionate about our work.
Some of our clients cancel at the last minute, or show
up twenty minutes late. Some
seem to expect us to lift the weight for them, on every rep of
every set. And
some simply want us to wave a magic wand and grant them new
bodies on the spot.
the former type of client fuels our fire, the latter snuff it
out. So how do we
keep our passion alive?
take time to evaluate our situation, and make changes where
is no point in spending hours in the gym waiting for clients
who do not show. Make
a contract that states the amount of time you will wait before
the session is canceled. Set up a prepay system; if the client has already paid for
your service they are more likely to utilize it.
to know your clients on a non-exercise level.
Find out their likes and dislikes, their hobbies and
favorite types of music. This is done simply with a short questionnaire, in your
introductory conversation, and over a period of time. Use this
information to tailor their workouts.
For example, if a client is a baseball fan incorporate
some baseball drills into their warm up, or have them play
catch or run bases as part of their cardio routine.
your client has fun, you have fun.
course, sometimes it is more a matter over time that causes
our passion to burn out.
We tend to put so much effort into helping and pleasing
our clients that we forget about ourselves.
as we plan our workouts and menus we need to plan time to
relax. If you
spend all day in the gym with clients, squeeze in a quick
workout for yourself, and then rush home just to eat, sleep
and wake up to start all over again, it's no wonder you're
fitness professionals we know that our muscles need adequate
time to rest, refuel, and repair. The same goes for our mental and emotional health.
this means taking a break from training clients on Saturday
mornings, or making sure you are out of the gym by seven each
you need to schedule regular visits to a masseuse or buy
tickets to your favorite sporting event or musician.
Even spending as little as ten minutes in the sauna or
whirlpool after your workout to simply relax and regroup could
Perkins is eFitnessTracker's Business Coach, a business solutions coach and a certified personal
trainer who leads fitness professionals to profitability.