I have been getting a lot of questions about my new life as a Personal Trainer. I was hesitant to answer them because I am barely starting out, but figured I can do this every month or so for the first year to show how it is to get ramped up in a new career as a personal trainer.
Here are some of the most common questions about my experience as a new Personal Trainer after one month…
Do you get paid on commission, like per appointment?
The way my gym works (and they are all different) is I get hourly pay for doing assessments and equipment introductions for our new members. This is a lower rate. I get “personal trainer pay” for actually training clients.
A fitness assessment involves weighing, doing measurements and going over the member’s goals, healthy history and limitations. An equipment introduction shows our new members how to use the basic circuit weight machines safely.
Do you have to find your own clients or does the gym set them up for you?
The gym sets up new members with a fitness evaluation and/or equipment introduction. I don’t find those members (but those are 1 or 2 time meetings not new clients).
I do have to sell personal training packages to get my training clients. On occasion, members will just come in a buy Personal Training sessions and then I may be given the client depending on what they are looking for in a trainer.
Are your clients looking to lose weight, tone up, or what?
Most clients are looking to lose weight, many are looking to tone certain areas or get fit without hurting themselves. A lot of clients have past health problems or injuries and want guidance to work out.
Are you still thinking of pursuing the Registered Dietician path?
This is on hold for right now. I didn’t take any pre-req classes in the Spring semester because I wasn’t sure what was going to happen with the Personal Training thing.
I still really want to, but don’t think I can do it right now. There are a lot of factors to consider (like money, making sure my new job knows I am giving 100%, making babies, time constraints…). I haven’t completely decided, but right now it doesn’t look good
How do you like being a Trainer so far?
I love it! I still have a lot to learn, and feel like I am actually learning every day. I do think I need to get a lot better, but I’m working on it
I love working with people and I have been really getting to know my new clients –which I love!
Any drawbacks for someone considering a career change like this?
This isn’t a drawback, but it’s more of a struggle… I don’t consider myself a good salesperson at all, so it’s hard for me to sell personal training. That is a big part of the job, so that’s been a process for me.
Also, my schedule is really sporadic. I have to be available when members are available to work out, so I have a few early morning clients and a few later evening ones and even a few who like to meet around lunch time.
I live really close to my gym so it’s not a big deal, but I am constantly going back and forth.
The only tiny drawback is that Personal Trainers are supposed to look very fit. It’s part of the job. I’m a little self conscious about my body at work since I know it’s important for me to look a certain way. But, I’m working on it, and not dwelling on it and it’s okay
Questions? Comments? Random thoughts you want to share with the class?