Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Personal Trainer Satisfaction

Fitness Professionals, I have a statement for you: When you are good at something, you enjoy doing it.

Let's use the example of riding a bicycle. When you were a kid, you loved riding your bicycle because it was "cool" and you fit in with the other kids in the neighborhood. You had your Huffy BMX and you would ride up and down the street, or to your friend's house a neighborhood across the way and you'd love it. You felt the wind blowing through your hair, and the mindless riding made you feel "free".

As you got older, you wanted to challenge yourself more. You love the freedom of riding your bike, but you wanted to challenge your skills. Naturally, the more you rode, the better you got.

As riding a bike became easier, you wanted a bike that reflected your improved riding. Then you fell in love with a road bike or mountain bike. So you put up the money and purchased the better bike. This new, better bike handled better, was lighter, and was more move-able. You felt in better control of it and you felt that you had stepped it up. With the tougher bike, you needed a tougher course to ride it. So you chose the dirt paths at the local trail, or you found the perfect street course to take your riding to the next level. The new bike handles the newer, tougher trail with ease. You had total control of your bike and that control, actually made your riding even more liberating.

Whichever course you chose--dirt trail or paved trail--you still enjoyed riding because you always felt free. There were more challenges along the way, but you met them with success and learned from them because you had a better bike. Today, you still enjoy riding your bike because it offers you the freedom to yield control over your skills.

Personal training is alot like riding your favorite bike. As you develop into an elite fitness professional, you encounter new and different challenges. These challenges come in the form of clients. As you encounter each challenge, they carve new experiences into your being and you develop better skills. These skills become your bicycle. As the bicycle offers you "freedom" as you ride, personal training offers you satisfaction from client inspiration. That commonality is what glues the profession to the person. And everyday, you get better and better at what you do. The better you get, the more satisfaction you feel from helping more and more clients.

The more experience you have in dealing with certain situations--and they don't always happen right the first time--the more and trial and error, the more likely you are to encounter the correct outcome the next time.

My message? When you are good at what you do. It is enjoyable and it doesn't feel like work--regardless of the amount of hours you put in--16 hours or 60 hours/week. When your profession feels like work, chances are it is YOU that needs work on your profession.

1 comment:

  1. Awesome Post John!!!

    I don't know how many times I had to get my books out, contact those guru's that I look up too and fish for answers whenever I had a client that I wasn't sure how I could best help them.



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