This Common Personal Training Myth Could Be Costing You Your Personal Training Career

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Being a Personal Trainer can be an extremely rewarding career, both personally and professionally, but there is a myth within the Personal Training industry that could be costing you time, money, and possibly your career.

Before I get to that however, I want to tell you a little bit of my story.

When I was still in college I knew I wanted to become a personal trainer.

My original course of study was Psychology, but I always had a love for fitness and wanted to have a career that focused on helping people to become the best versions of themselves (as opposed to diagnosing what was wrong with them!)

I changed my major to Exercise Science and soon began to take courses in Anatomy and Physiology, Human Growth and Development, Legal Issues, Exercise Psychology, Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology and many more.

By the time I graduated, my brain was full of scientific facts about how the muscles and energy systems of the body worked and how this related to human movement, exercise, and sport. While all this was still fresh, I studied for and passed the American College of Sports Medicine Health and Fitness Specialist Certification. This gave me even more information about diet, exercise, and fitness programing that I was sure would make me the top trainer in my gym.

I got a job at a local gym and spent the next few years working my way up from the front line to the coveted position of Personal Trainer.

I now had the opportunity I was preparing for all these years. I was going to be able to take all the information I learned about proper diet and exercise and put it into practice, getting my clients amazing results, and making myself an in demand trainer in the process.

Things didn’t go as planned however, as I had fallen victim to the Personal Training myth.

So here it is, the myth that could be costing you your Personal Training career…

Personal Training Myth #1 – Success as a Personal Trainer is based on your knowledge of diet and exercise

This might seem blasphemous, offensive, or just plain stupid at first, but hear me out.

I’ve been in this industry for nearly 10 years, but the average trainer has only been on the job for 3-5 years. In other words, most trainers don’t stay in the personal training game very long.

I’ve been able to turn what is usually a short-term job into a long-term career and by understanding that the things that actually make you a great trainer are not taught in Personal Training certifications or even in college level courses.

Now I’m not saying that knowledge of exercise and diet are unimportant, they certainly are, but what’s MOST important to you as an Exercise Professional who hopes to have a long and rewarding career goes far beyond exercise and diet.

You need to have business skills, organizational skills, and communication skills. You need to know when to “fire” a client, how to negotiate a promotion, and how to diversify your streams of income. You need to have a clear business plan, financial goals, and solid accounting. You need to be much more than a diet and exercise specialist, you need to have the Personal Training version of an MBA, and this is what Powerful PT is all about.

Me and my partner Roger Dickerman wanted to take all of the information we learned “in the trenches” of the Fitness Industry and put together a system for helping trainers to succeed.

The resources on this  website, The Powerful Personal Trainer Podcast, and in Prime Time Trainer 101 are geared towards giving you the opportunity to beat the odds and to make Personal Training a rewarding career.

-Tony

 

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