I’ve been coaching and personal training for nearly five years now, but only full time for the last two years. Over that span I’ve learned quite a bit about coaching and training. I offer this list as an insight to a personal trainer/coach/entrepreneur’s world. I hope that it is helpful for any other aspiring coaches and trainers out there. Many of the things in this list come from my mentor, Coach Sutton, who has been an incredible influence on my development as a coach.
Here are some Important Lessons Learned as a Personal Trainer and Coach:
1.) It’s not what you WANT to do, it’s what you CAN do.
Coach Sutton taught me this valuable lesson. As a coach and trainer, you WANT to do all sorts of things for your clients and athletes.
You WANT to periodize your programs. Hypertrophy in Months 1-3, Strength in months 4-6, and so on.
However, the reality is this: You CAN’T always periodize your programs. My clients get sick; have kids who get sick; take vacations and have meetings. Sometimes you’re gonna miss a workout with them, and your beautiful periodized program just got shot full of holes.
You CAN do the best that you can within your given constructs, and provide the best workout possible under the circumstances. After all, most of your clients don’t care about periodization schemes, they just want a good workout.
You WANT your clients to do their homework workouts. Your clients are forgetful. They don’t remember their homework workouts, or have things that come up. You CAN just let it slide and just remind them of their goals. Shoot them a text and remain positive. Same goes for nutrition advice.
You WANT to use the barbell bench. Joke’s on you-the teenagers are bench pressing today. Bench press ‘eryday, bruh. A dumbbell bench press will suffice. Or push-ups.
You WANT your client to barbell squat. Guess what? Their mobility sucks and their core strength isn’t up to snuff. A bodyweight squat will work just as well.
You WANT to do a lower body workout with your client, but they fell in the shower and banged their knee. You CAN work the other leg, or just do another upper body workout. It might be all you CAN do.
The takeaway: don’t sweat it when you can’t do what you WANT to do, and be content with your efforts towards the things you CAN do. Not every gym is well-equiped with the things you want; you won’t always have exactly an hour to work with your client; you won’t always work with fully capable clients. You just do what you can do with what you’re given, and that’s perfectly fine.
Important Lessons 2-10 will be posted, one per day, for the next week or so. I hope you like the insight. Like it or Hate it, let me know what you think!