If I were to go back in time and give some advice to my younger self on how to become a “half decent” fitness coach and maybe help other coaches just starting out it would be:
𝐄𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐢𝐬 𝐠𝐨𝐨𝐝, 𝐄𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫:
Here at TFT Eric and I have a combined 25+ years worth of experience as fitness coaches.
We both had many of the certifications while we were training at various gyms in the past, but nothing beats learning and improving from actually putting in the time to train people.
Looking back, gaining some basic knowledge from those certifications was important (as was going to fitness seminars) but not as much as getting in front of as many people as we could, testing out what we’ve learned and making the necessary adjustments.
So be patient with the process, train a wide variety of people, and always strive to improve your skills.
𝐈𝐭’𝐬 𝐍𝐎𝐓 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮:
Far too often, we see inexperienced trainers try to “impress” their clients by putting them through some grueling/advanced workouts, making them so sore they can barely walk the next day.
This does more harm to the client than they probably realize. That’s a shortsighted view and getting/staying fit is a lifelong journey.
Being a trainer is more than just trying to make someone sweaty and tired in one workout (anyone can do that).
It’s about educating, encouraging, and inspiring them to do their best at their OWN pace, not yours or anyone else’s!
Knowing when to push someone or when to stay back and let them figure it out on their own, asking the right questions at the right times and constantly learning and leading from the front.
Just like when it comes to getting fit, there are no shortcuts or quick fixes to becoming a successful trainer.
It takes many years of practice, consistency, and a genuine hunger to improve.
Hope that helps a little bit, now time to get out there and start gaining that experience!
Also, we love to talk shop, so if any aspiring trainers want to chat about any and all things fitness (and beer!!), feel free to contact us!