There are a lot of mixed emotions with you become a personal trainer. There’s the excitement of being able to do what you love for a living. There’s also the anxiety of working with your first client.

Whether you’re a brand new personal trainer or a seasoned vet, there are a few things that no one tells you during your certification process.

Here are the top 3 things no one tells you when you become a personal trainer:

  1. I hope you like selling because you’re going to be doing a whole lot of it. Whether you’re getting new clients, keeping existing clients, or even just getting clients to show up,  you’re going to be selling every step of the way. Sales is one of those buzzwords that put a lot of trainers off. But if you can’t sell someone on why they should work with you, or more importantly on why they should do the things they need to do to be successful, you’re going to have a rough go at it.
  2. I hope you don’t mind working long hours 6 days a week because you’re going to be doing a lot of that in the beginning. Now if you’re just training part-time because you enjoy it that’s one thing, but if you’re actually going to make a living as a personal trainer you’re going to have to work when your clients need you. This means working mornings, afternoons, and evenings. You’ll also find yourself working Saturdays just to fit everyone in throughout the week. So say goodbye to the 9 to 5 mentality if you want to be a personal trainer!
  3. I hope you don’t mind being a therapist to your clients because it will be 90% of your job if you truly want to help them succeed. It’s no wonder so many personal trainers invest in personal development programs; personal development is one of those things clients need but never say they want when they sign up. Most clients will need help developing a proper mindset to be successful with their goals. If you aren’t willing to wear the therapist hat as a personal trainer, your success and your clients’ success will be capped.

You may be wondering – is it still worth it becoming a personal trainer? Or if you already are a personal trainer, is it worth staying the course? Absolutely! As long as you know what is truly required for you to be successful. Part of growing in this industry is growing through the experiences you have – it just comes with the job.

But no one said you have to do it alone, so why do it the hard way if you don’t have to?

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