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My First Year as a Personal Trainer

My First Year as a Personal Trainer
There’s no doubt about it starting a new career can be a daunting prospect. And as much as we’d like to get off to the perfect start, alongside the highs, there are bound to be a few bumps in the road.

But as someone once said, “Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.” With that in mind, we asked Amanda Atkinson, Health & Fitness Tutor at the Training Room with over 15 years’ experience in the fitness industry, to take a trip down memory lane and tell us what went well (and not so well) in her first year of being a personal trainer! We hope this will give you some valuable tips on how to succeed and a heads up on the hurdles to avoid!

What went well in my first year as a Personal Training?

  1. Being organised and having all materials needed prior to going live - session plans, documentation etc.
  2. Keeping accurate records of bookings/client sessions/measurements/exercises completed/progress. A good habit is to complete admin little and often.
  3. I always brought the energy and passion! Eager, raring to go and active on the gym floor, I made sure I had positive interactions without a big, heavy upsell; just getting to know people and building strong relationships.
  4. Being brave! Working with clients that might not necessarily be your area of expertise or interest but researching methods or ways to best help them achieve their goals – improving my own knowledge and skill set along the way.
  5. Enjoying every day and learning from all experiences – as it should be!

Starting as a Personal Trainer
What I learned in my first year as a Personal Training?

  1. Too niche too soon – It’s good to gain experience in lots of areas in the beginning to find out what you enjoy and to learn from working with different types of people, rather than targeting a certain type of client or audience straight away.
  2. Starting with a closed mindset - don’t expect to go in and train people who like to train the same way as you do. Be open minded and appreciate the diversity. Learn from each situation.
  3. Cheating myself out of money – don’t charge too little for sessions and devalue the cost of a session because you’re newly qualified. You’ve studied hard and put the work in! Giving too many things away for free undermines the service you’re offering. Clients then expect freebies and discounts going forward and it becomes hard to turn that around.
  4. Not taking a break! Make sure you give yourself some days off and set boundaries for work life balance. Being prepared to train clients at all hours to suit the client and forgetting about yourself will eventually cause you to burn out! Again, difficult to reverse once you’ve done it.  

So, there you have it, Amanda’s top five things you should and shouldn’t do in your first year in personal training. Hopefully, you found her advice helpful and can use it to your advantage in your maiden personal training role.

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The Training Room | 13/08/2019 10:00:00

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