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The Fitness Zone

Tips for New Personal Trainers
June 5, 2012

Completing your Master Trainer ProgramTM can be an EXCITING time, but when you take that first step out of the classroom, and into your new found career, it can be a little daunting. Apart from a good working knowledge of the human body and how to the get the best from it, what other skills does a new fitness trainer need?

One question many graduates are faced with after they finish their studies is, what other skills will make me a success? So, we have collated FIVE top tips that will help you stay ahead of the game, and will get you on the road to success.

#1 Always finish a session on a positive

One of the most important aspects of being a Personal Trainer is knowing how to deal with different people. Those who need an extra push can be challenging, but you need to finish each session on a positive note. Why not send your clients a txt message after their session to congratulate them on a great workout, or send them a message before their workout them get them pumped up and excited about their next session.

#2 Always present well

First impressions are very important for a Personal Trainer, as people will judge how well you can train by how you look. It may not be fair, but it's often what happens, so staying fit and being well dressed will be pivotal to the success of your fitness training business. Another factor of this is being well prepared for each session. Always arrive at least ten minutes early to set up, and have a chat with your clients to build that relationship.

#3 Take notes

Your first session as a Personal Trainer will help you establish a rapport with a client. Take notes on what they want to achieve, what they've tried in the past, and how you think you can motivate them. Knowing your clients is the best way for a Fitness Trainer to have success. By helping your clients set health and fitness goals and setting a time frame for these goals, in addition to helping your clients find clarity, but you are also ensuring the longevity of your client too.

#4 Never stop listening

Monitor the moods of your clients by listening. As a Personal Trainer you need to know the difference between someone who is whining because they are struggling, and someone who may be injured. By establishing a great relationship from the start with your clients, you will be able to keep the communication doors open which is essential for motivating your client and understanding where their head is at.

#5 Never stop learning

The fitness industry is always changing through new techniques, new classes, and new philosophies. As a Fitness Instructor you need to stay on top of what's happening on the industry. When you first enter the industry you will need to register with Fitness Australia, where each year you are required to complete 20 CEC points. You can gain these points by upskilling yourself in specific areas, e.g. boxing, or kettlebell training. Never be afraid to add to your skill set with further training at Australian Institute of Fitness.

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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