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The Fitness Zone

Career Advice I Wish I’d Known When I Graduated as a PT
April 19, 2015

1) Train Hard, Recover Harder

Training hard leaves a great toll on the body. Make sure you are recovering just as hard. Always remember that gains are made through rest and recovery. Things like stretching, foam rolling, trigger point spiky balls, massage or even ice baths will help you to recover better in time for your next training session. When you start working in the industry you will be busy establishing your systems and training your new clients so good nutrition is vital to ensure your body is getting the nutrients that you need for recovery.

2) Everyone Learns in Their Own Way, at Their Own Pace

This helped me learn a variety of ways to teach my clients, by using different methods and tools to aid the many styles of learning whether it be visual, audio, kinaesthetic or a combination of all three.  By learning how to pass on knowledge in different ways increases both my knowledge and my ability to communicate effectively to my clients. When you start training a new client it’s a good idea to cover all three of these learning styles so you can showcase your skills and knowledge as a trainer.

3) The Simplest Advice is Often the Best

Keeping it simple is often the best way to go. For example, two nutrition tips that I have found successful is for each client to drink 3L of water daily and to chew your food until it’s liquid (helping your digestive system).

4) Variety is the Spice of Life

Whether it be different styles of training or just training in new locations, variety is a key component to keeping both you and your clients interested! Mix it up between cardio, strength training, circuits, boxing, yoga, Pilates… and try different venues such as the gym, a park or at the beach. This is where it is essential that you invest in your professional development so you are qualified and have experience in a range of different training styles.

5) Success is Where Preparation Meets Opportunity

Having an idea is great but getting things down on paper is the key to making it one more step to being real! Whether it be a business plan or a program, putting pen to paper and starting a plan of attack ensures you are one step closer to success!

6) The only Dumb Question is the One You Don’t Ask

Pretty self explanatory, never stop seeking answers to your questions. Keep furthering your quest for knowledge as it offers many rewards, it’s not always the destination but the journey along the way.

7) If you Fail to Plan then You Plan to Fail

No two clients are the same therefore no two programs should be the same. Set goals for yourself and your clients so you have an island to swim for and are not just treading water. Make sure you set time aside before each session so you are well prepared and your client receives a GREAT experience every time as this will keep them coming back!

This content is not intended to be used as individual health or fitness advice divorced from that imparted by medical, health or fitness professionals. Medical clearance should always be sought before commencing an exercise regime. The Institute and the authors do no take any responsibility for accident or injury caused as a result of this information.

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