With an increase in the number of cases of heart related diseases, diabetes, and obesity, more people are taking their health a lot more seriously. As a fitness trainer, you are a valuable part of this health initiative, this attack on fat and flab. It is you that must steer the client in the right direction, to make sure they don’t fail, and to keep him or her safe while doing it. You are the teacher, the motivational speaker, and, at times, the taskmaster. You are the one who makes sure they don’t give up, reminding them that they can have a happier and more satisfying life.
So, how do you become a great trainer? How do you become, in some cases, a life saver? Keep in mind that technology is both good and bad. It makes many people less mobile simply because almost everything is performed by computers and other machines. Most of the manual labor is already done for them. A day in an air conditioned office may seem like an ideal environment for a job, but it makes many people too lazy to want to exercise at all. Pushing your fingers up and down on a keyboard is not the same as exercising your whole body.
With the thousands of gyms and fitness centers all over the world that house the best equipment money can buy, doing the same exercise routines over and over can be boring and sometimes frustrating, especially when everyone knows that it takes time for results to show up, even after just a few weeks. It is because of this that many will just decide to quit, and it is because of this that you need to be the best trainer you can be. This is why they hire you; advise, guide, motivate, and, if needed, push just a little so they can reach, maybe even exceed their goals. Knowing that someone believes in you can only make them try harder.
There are certain things you need to make sure you have done in order to be a great fitness trainer:
Anyone can say they are a fitness trainer, so make sure you are certified, and that everyone can see that piece of paper on your wall. Showing you are a professional proves to your prospective clients that you know how to take care of them, and you know what to do to take care of them.
If you aren’t validated in basic first aid and CPR, then take the class, usually free with the Red Cross, and get certified. It’s very probable that there will be injuries involved in exercising at one time or another, and you need to know how to treat those.
The more people you have worked with and the more positive feedback you received from them, then the more likely you will be the trainer everyone wants to have helped them.
To be a great fitness trainer, you will need to do what you need to do to prove yourself to everyone by giving them a high quality workout, keeping them motivated and on their toes. If you do your job well, you can also feel good about helping so many to be healthier and happier. That feeling never gets boring.