5 Things I’ve Learnt Being a Personal Trainer

5 Things I’ve Learnt Being a Personal Trainer

Young man doing push-ups at the park

Young man doing push-ups at the park

There are many things you have to know when you are a personal trainer. I wanted to share 5 things I’ve learnt being a personal trainer in order to help those studying and moving into your personal training career.

1. Keep a diary/Training log for every client – I always thought I had a good memory. When I first started training clients, I could remember when and where I was training them, facts about them that they had told me, what we did last session and what weights/times they did. However, as I got busier, it became a lot harder to remember everything. I began using a training log for every client and every session. In this log I would write the program, the weights/times and also would take notes of what we spoke about whether it was injuries, the way they felt doing particular exercises or what they have planned for the weekend. This way it was easy to recall everything during the next session.

2. Get use to early mornings and afternoon naps! – It doesn’t matter how long you have been getting up early for, setting an alarm for 4.30AM is always hard. But unfortunately, majority of your clients will want to train early. It’s something you will need to get use too.  The upside to this is, usually you’ll have a quiet mid-morning and afternoon which allows you to catch up on sleep with an afternoon nap.

3. Make time to train yourself – You can get caught up with writing programs and training other people that you forget to train yourself or sometimes you can’t be bothered programing and training yourself after doing it all day. Similar to a Chef who cooks for everyone all day, the last thing they want to do is come home and cook again.  I ended up getting a personal trainer and joining group classes, so when it came to my own training I didn’t have to think about it.

4. Prepare your food – Sometimes you can have back to back clients for a couple of hours which doesn’t allow you to eat, or only a short break to get something to eat. If you have already pre-prepared your food it makes it a lot easier to make sure that you fuel yourself for your next sessions. This will also allow you to sleep an extra 20 minutes in the morning if you don’t need to get up to prepare your breakfast. Pre-preparing your meals will be a good example to clients on how pre-preparing can be useful for a busy lifestyle and help avoid bad eating habits.

5. Professional relationships – It’s easy to become friends with your clients, with all the time you spend with them. However, it becomes difficult to have a personal trainer – client relationship when the client thinks you are friends. They tend not to listen or do what you ask them to do; they’d prefer to do less training and more talking. It also gets complicated when it’s time for them to pay; they’ll think you’ll give them ‘mate’s rates’ or that they pay you later.

So there they – 5 things I’ve learnt being a personal trainer. I hope they help you on your fitness career journey.

By Michael Murphy – Fitness teacher at VFA Learning.