I had no idea what I was getting into when I decided to change career paths and get certified to be a personal trainer. Somehow, I had this notion that since I was fit and always did well in sports that I would be able to transfer that to a successful gym career. I was wrong, and on my way to a very eye-opening journey!
One thing they don’t tell you is being certified means nothing! Even after being certified, I felt like I had no idea of what I was doing. Maybe that’s why the average life span of a personal trainer is only 6 months to a year.
And, if you have been a big box gym lately, you have noticed that everyone in the gym thinks they are a guru. They think that they hold “that special formula” to get results! On my first training job, I met 10 different trainers who each had completely different thoughts on how to train.
Not only did I have no idea on how to train, but I also had to sell it. I’ve never heard so many “no thank you’s,” “let me think about that,” or “I will try it on my own”. Not only was I uncertain on how to train, but I had self doubt that anyone would work with me.
No wonder why this industry has a revolving door of people!
Unlike most fitness professionals, I chose to invest in my education and self-development. I surrounded myself with individuals that have higher standards and want to change the fitness industry. With health and fitness’ recent attention in our society, and an overload of information on the latest health trends, it can be difficult to sort through the clutter and figure out what is true, what is false, and what is relevant to you.
We must have a foundational understanding of fitness and the desire to get the best information available. We need this so that our clients can see the best results.
I realized my value wasn’t learning new exercises or the new diet of the month. It was learning and owning the science behind exercise and personalizing each exercise to match my client. So now I teach my clients about diet and calories, and have them understand the science behind weight loss.
My goal is to shed light on an industry that is portrayed one way on TV and in media, but should be much different in practice. If you are interested in this work, and are excited about the possibility of being healthier and better all-around, keep learning and keep educating yourself on personal training!
Having been in this industry for 12 years now, I’ve learned many things. I know that you need to do your research on who would be a good personal trainer for you. Just because someone is fun or looks in shape doesn’t mean they know what they are doing!