Top Five: Misconceptions About Being a Personal Trainer

02 Mar


         Misconceptions About Being a Personal Trainer

  1. People think my job is easy
  2. I make lots of money
  3. I work with healthy people
  4. My life is all play and no work
  5. I have no clue what I’m talking about

People think my Job is Easy.

        “All you do is stand around and watch people exercise.” One client told me. It took all of my willpower not to let some expletives fly. I casually laughed and said, “It’s never easy working with somone like you.” Perhaps you think it’s 2 sets of 10 reps on this machine & 2 sets of 10 on that machine. Think again! Have a look behind my desk sometime and see my mame encased in all those framed certifications. The human body is by far the most difficult puzzle one can solve. For those who think it’s easy learning how it works, you’d be sadly mistaken. Over the course of sixteen years, it’s taken countless hours of studying on my own time and spending my own money.

I make lots of money.

“You must rake it in.” I’ve been told. I should be able to “take a fancy holiday for a month” based on what I earn. Not sure what planet you live on, making money as a trainer is not easy. People often don’t want to pay you for your services because they can do it themselves. Apparently there isn’t much knowledge to my job so some people choose not to invest. Yet, some fly by night can go on the internet and come up with a new work out? I’m sorry, you’d invest in a total stranger vs. someone who actually knows what they’re doing? It’s not always easy to pay bills or make ends meet. That’s just the reality of the business.

I work with well people.

Client with COPD in the Gym

It’s really rare to actually work with a client who doesn’t have a health issue. I have to spend my own time researching countless chronic diseases. There is very limited information on those suffering from dementia for example. No book can teach me how to work with a client suffering from this disease. I have to learn on my own.

My Life is All Play and No Work.

I have spent my life in the gym. I’m not kidding. I starting when I was thirteen years old. It’s taken me that long to learn how to work with people. I’ve had to sacrifice my time and energy to help others. If all you’re doing is playing around at this job, you’re not working. You’re not taking it seriously. Either you’re in or you’re out.

I Have No Clue What I’m talking About.

I guess that’s why people pay me right? All those certifications don’t mean much if I don’t have the experience to back it up. Sure, you can look up any new work out on the computer for free. Why pay me? Unlike those workouts on the computer, I design a program that is unlike any other. You will never find two clients with the same exercise program. You can talk to me and ask me questions. I find myself in the position of weeding through all the misinformation in order to help my clients.

This is a thankless job at times. Those who do choose to invest in your services reap the benefit of your experience. Despite some who choose not to see the benefit in what you do, there are often more that do. Have faith in your ability.

Thanks for reading!

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