Why did you decide to become a personal trainer? Was it your love of exercise or the thrill of helping others reach their health and fitness goals? Understanding and remembering your passion for fitness will help you prevent personal trainer burnout. With clients who are dedicated and excited about their workouts, co-workers who share common interests and ideals, and constant access to exercise equipment, being a personal trainer is a rewarding career choice.
Unfortunately, you’ll most likely end up with a few clients who make it difficult to stay passionate about your work. Some clients are going to cancel at the last minute or show up 20 minutes late for their appointments. Others are going to expect you to lift the weights for them or maybe just wave a magic wand at them and transform their bodies on the spot. While some clients are going to increase your passion as a personal trainer, there will be others that try to stomp out any type of enjoyment you might have for the job. So how do you prevent personal trainer burnout?
There are a couple of changes you could make to minimize your stress level. Make sure your contract states the amount of time that is required to cancel an appointment prior to the start of the session to avoid being charged for the entire missed session or a penalty amount. You might want to set up a prepayment plan for your clients. Typically, if people have already paid for your service, they are more likely to utilize it.
As a personal trainer you should get to know your clients likes and dislikes such as any hobbies they enjoy or what types of music they like to listen to. Simply have them fill out a short questionnaire, ask them in your introductory conversation or talk to them over a period of time. You can use this information to tailor their workouts and increase the enjoyment they receive from your fitness training. If your clients are having a good time, it will decrease the amount of problems that might come up later.
Of course, your burnout might not have anything to do with a conflict with clients. When you spend all day helping and pleasing your clients, sometimes it’s very easy to forget that you also need to take some time for yourself. Even if you only spend 10 to 20 minutes a day doing something relaxing and for yourself, you’ll find that it is easier keep your passion alive. Take a look at your schedule, make some necessary changes and prevent personal trainer burnout.