advice for other trainers...
1. Get a qualification that covers not only the fundamentals
of personal training, but also nutrition, sports therapy,
motivation and goal setting, and special populations.
And never stop learning once you've become qualified.
2. Invest in good quality equipment for measuring blood
pressure and body composition. These are essential statistics
for establishing a client's health and monitoring their
progress. Have a range of exercise equipment that you
bring with you, or encourage the client to buy so they
can train between sessions. Bear in mind that some of
the best exercises require no equipment at all. If
you're a personal trainer in London, there are dozens of
excellent retail stores for fitness equipment, such as
Powerhouse Fitness at Charing Cross underground station.
3. Train your client to become increasingly self motivated,
and increasingly knowledgeable. Encourage the client
to exercise between your sessions. Monitor their activity
levels and eating habits, and give regular feedback.
4. Ensure your clients don't neglect any aspect of
fitness. Encourage them to maintain cardiovascular fitness
in particular. If they're not keen on cardiovascular
exercise, it is your duty to educate them about the
importance of a healthy heart, and then find ways of
making cardio exercise more enjoyable. London personal
trainers have the advantage of London's many parks to do
a personal training session outdoors.
5. Encourage your clients to focus on their objectives.
Worthwhile objectives are not achieved overnight, so
you need to keep your clients motivated over the long
term. This means helping your client to set achievable
and measurable goals, with deadlines for reaching progressive
levels. Add variety to the training sessions to keep
challenging your clients.
6. Make it your goal to delight your clients - don't
settle for mere satisfaction. You need to ask for their
feedback, comments and suggestions. You need to master
the art of communication. A good personal training business
is based on exceeding your clients' expectations. An
important part of this to explain to your clients at
the outset what expectations are realistic and safe.
7. If you're a personal trainer in London, always
allow extra travel time to ensure you get to your client
on time. If I have a client first thing in the morning,
I tend to get there half an hour early and have
breakfast in a cafe within 10 minutes walk from the
client, to guarantee I'm never late for the session.