Everyone wants be a PT these days and there are a million and one reason as to why it’s a good idea. But it doesn’t seem to be common to talk about the not-so-good reasons, so here a few that I’ve accumulated over my years so far in the industry, and a few strategies that I have found to combat them.
I applaud you. Yep- straight off the bat. Well done on deciding to start your own personal training business. It takes guts to go it alone, even only initially, in any business, and personal training is not without its ups and downs.
There are so many things to think about when starting your career as a personal trainer:
Do you specialise in a specific area, or just coach general population clients?
What continuing education certifications should you do?
Is there any need for a mentor or business coach, or can you learn everything online and from books?
And the biggie – should you look for employed work, or start out on your own?
I’ve done both.
In our line of work, we can get all manner of clients coming to us. In some ways this is awesome. Your day might start at 6am with 67-year old Mary, who’s recovering from a hip operation, but still crushes it on incline dumbbell presses. You take a break, then train Jeff, a middle-aged dude who’s got one hell of a squat. A few 20 and 30-something guys and girls follow, before finishing your day taking a group of “soccer moms” through their paces with a conditioning circuit.
“If hindsight was foresight we’d all be rich” as the saying goes. Well today’s article might be able to help you with this, well it may not make you rich rich but rich in knowledge at the very least.
Do you ruin chances with clients because of poor body language? If you aren’t selling clients early on, then body language could be an issue.