Confident and Competent: My Goal for Clients

Starting a new in-person personal training job, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about my philosophy on personal training and working with clients. I figured, since you’re all still getting to know me a little bit that I would discuss in this week’s article.

When a person hires a personal trainer it is most often as a result of the lack the knowledge as to what they are doing and how to reach their fitness goals. It is no secret that personal training is expensive. The average cost for 1 session, depending on location and trainer experience is between $60-70. Yes, usually packages of sessions are sold and the cost for the client is significantly decreased. However, often this expense is often not sustainable long-term.

When a client agrees to work with me, we have a meeting to discuss their goals and then I add in my knowledge as to how best to reach them. I also give them a goal of my own: I want them to be confident enough to be able to come in to the gym and use the equipment that they would like and take themselves through a workout, both safely and effectively. Now this doesn’t mean teaching them the ins and outs of program design, but if they chose, I would like for them to be able to go through a strength training session or increase their mileage to prepare for a race they are doing.

This is conflicting as a personal trainer because for me to continually earn a steady income, I have to keep a consistent client base. The way to do this is not releasing clients; the idea is that they would stay on and work with me long term. So with that, I pose this scenario:

I go through 4 introductory sessions with the client and they are confident, and good to go on their own. They don’t have the funds for personal training to continue, but I set them up with a 6-week program that they are able to do on their own. They continue to follow and complete that program. Along the way, they chat with their friends about it and tell people about what they are doing. Their friend is then interested, and may set up a consultation and look to do a similar thing. I’ve just both generated a second lead into personal training and helped my original client out. By the time the 6 weeks are up, they’re ready and come back, potentially pay for a few more sessions so that I can take them through more advanced workouts.

Now, I know that’s an ideal situation and it may not happen this exact way. But I believe:

If you, as a trainer, are able to give someone the confidence to come into the gym on their own and safely execute a workout, that’s more of an accomplishment than any amount of muscle gained or weight lost.

What is “Fitness as a Lifestyle”?

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Compared to the time that was spent on colors and fonts, choosing a tagline was surprisingly easy for me. Making fitness a lifestyle is not a change that initially consumes your life. It is a series of small changes.

Are you struggling to make it to the gym after a busy day at work? Change your routine and get up in the morning.

Are you finding it hard to reach for healthy snacks vs. the chips that are in the bag on top of the fridge? At the beginning of the week, prepare and cut veggies to keep in the fridge.

Do you always find yourself saying that you’ll start your workout on Monday? Start you workout program on that Tuesday or Thursday or Saturday.

But don’t try to get up early, replace all your “unhealthy” snacks with veggies, and start your workout on the day that you have back to back to back meetings or a project due at midnight all on the same day.

“Fitness as a Lifestyle” does not mean spending all day in the gym, eating 100% clean, and never pausing to truly live your life. It does mean:

  • Being conscious of what you eat throughout the day
  • Finding exercise you truly enjoy and making it a habit
  • Balancing healthy eating and working out, but still having a donut occasionally

So join me in your own fitness journey. Throughout, our paths may run parallel or cross, but they will forever be our own as you live with fitness as a lifestyle.

 

What does the future hold?

As I sit down to write this, I’m not sure where to start. This is the first post of many. For weeks, I’ve been playing with logos and re-configuring layouts. Trying to make every little aspect perfect. Now, I’ve been trying to come up with the perfect topic to start. But I don’t need a “perfect topic”. I just need a topic.

Why am I starting this blog?

I’ve been thinking lately and one thought has stood out to me more than others:

There are bigger and better things ahead.

Now, I’m not sure why this one thought, but I want to expand on it. The average lifespan today is between 84 and 86 years old, depending on gender. I’m 23; this leaves roughly 62 years left to live. (Even though I intend on living longer than that!) Regardless, that’s nearly three times what I have already lived for more experiences, memories, and living.

I’ve always loved sharing knowledge and mentoring others. My hope is that I can do this for you. I want to create content that you will utilize and that will help you on your journey.

Leave the painful memories and failures behind.

Take risks and find what works for you.

Make fitness your lifestyle.

It will be worth it.