I have been a part-time personal trainer for a month and a half now! It took me about three weeks to get a routine down with my new schedule and then things were smoother for me. Admittedly, at first, the whole new environment, lots of information being thrown at me and working two jobs gave me a few headaches and stressed me out a little. Now I find that I am excited to go to my second job and when I am there, I am never tired or in a bad mood. I come home enthused and feeling complete.
I haven’t had any paying clients yet, but I’ve trained four people on their two complimentary orientation/training sessions and they’ve all gone really well. So far, no one has even asked me if I am a new trainer or could probably tell for that matter. Naturally, every individual had a unique medical condition or limitation and I was able to come up with programs that achieved their goals and were safe.
Two of my four clients were a married couple. I wanted to help them on their journey to wellness so badly and when I trained both of them separately, I seemed to instill some confidence in their ability to go beyond the cardio and weight circuit at the gym.
Last night, I trained the wife and at the end of her session, she gave me the best compliment that I could have asked for at this point in my new second career. She said that her and her husband had trained with a male trainer at a previous gym and I did an amazing job compared to him. She said I was good at knowing which exercises they were able to do in their current overweight condition, I listened to them, and they had fun working out with me. This may lead to them paying to train with me as a couple and that would be wonderful. Even if that doesn’t happen, I walked out of the gym feeling so confident and happy last night. I feel so fulfilled by helping people become healthier. Even one client telling me that she went out and bought chia seeds because I recommended them was something that affected me mentally.
Like any new career or workplace, I am sure I will encounter challenges and bad days, but when I do, I hope I look back on this post and remember how I felt at the beginning of this new career path.