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'The life of a Personal Trainer' by Daniel Waide from Genesis Fitness : 21 Apr 2011

I first met Daniel Waide while he was National Fitness Division Manager for Genesis Fitness Clubs. During this time he trained over 300 Personal Trainers in Australia to run successful businesses. Although he is now living in New York, he continues to provide a consulting and social media service for Genesis Fitness in Australia.

This blog was originally written for the Genesis web site.

The life of a Personal Trainer

So you're thinking of becoming a Personal Trainer (PT)? Awesome!!

Before you quit what you're currently doing. I just want to tell you what it is really like and maybe offer some advice. It is a fantastic job, but not suited to everyone so let's get to educating you on becoming a PT (for the purpose of this article we'll be talking about the life of a good Personal Trainer).

Personal Trainers generally keep odd hours (no secrets here). I used to start at 5.45am on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Monday, Wednesday and Friday I slept in...... my first clients was 6am. I always finished by 5pm as I had my own training, however sometimes after training or on an off night I would do sales at people homes all over Melbourne. You see as a Personal Trainer (when you start at least) you have to fit into your client's life.

But are the hours that bad? I don't think so, it definitely curtailed my social life a little, but being in bed by midnight on a 'school night' is probably sensible as much as a sacrifice. With odd hours you'll also find some perks, such as napping in your car guilt free and no long waits at the bank or supermarket!!!!

When it comes down to it hopefully you don't want to become a PT for the reduced wait time at Coles. Likewise if you're becoming a PT to help you pick up at a night club, please just become a bartender, trust me they do far better than PT's, plus you won't have to get up and train a client on 2 hours sleep!!

In some ways PT's and Bartenders (at least the traditional ones from movies and TV) have a similar role in their client/customers life. A PT is often a sounding board for their clients, this comes with the level of trust that develops between trainer and client which is essential to help someone achieve their goals, so expect to hear some things, but try to stay as neutral as possible and keep things professional from your end.

Clients and helping clients achieve their goals is what it should always be about. Helping someone achieve their goals is one of the best feelings in the world, changing and saving lives is what a PT does and that is pretty cool.

Make it all about the client, do everything you can to help them achieve their goal, treat each session as though they are the only person (people if a group) in the world and you'll be a great trainer.

Good Luck

You can follow Daniel (and Genesis) on Twitter: @GenesisFitness_

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