Have you decided you want to be a personal trainer? Congratulations! You're on your way to launching a fulfilling and rewarding career. But before you jump headfirst into a personal training course, take a moment to make sure you have a personality that's well suited for success in the fitness industry.
Because a career as a personal trainer is not a matter of pushing the right buttons and flipping the right switches. No matter how much training you receive beforehand, if you lack these personality traits, you'll find you not only struggle in your job but also do not enjoy it.
Are you a people person?
As the name suggests, being a personal trainer involved direct interaction with people . If you'd rather check your email that talk directly to a client then this might not be the career for you. However, if you enjoy conversation and are easy to get along with, you'll find yourself with an abundance of clients.
You'll be spending a lot of time with your clients, and you want to make sure they like and respect you. This goes double if you plan on working as a freelancer and have to recruit your own clients.
Can you be assertive?
It's great to be fun and conversational with your clients, but it's really important that you do not let 'be a friend' get in the way of doing your job. If a client complains it's your job to make sure they do not give up, even if it's not what they want to hear. Imagine if your dentist told you it was fine that you did not feel like flossing or if your teacher let it slide every time you “forgot” to do your homework. They would not do their jobs very well, would they?
Your job is primarily to improve your client's physical fitness. Even when they start to lose energy or focus, when they tell you they “can not” or “do not want to”, you need to have the push that gets them moving.
Are you enthusiastic?
Your job is part workout guru and part cheerleader. You need to have the driving force of your clients' motivation, which can sometimes be a draining task.
No matter how bad a day you're having, you need to be able to smile, laugh and jump up and down like it's the best day of your life. If you can not put 100% enthusiasm into your training, your client will pick up on this and pull back their enthusiasm significantly. Remember, your client will follow your lead: if you do not get excited about exercise, either will your client.