As we are approaching 2012, we can expect that many will make a resolution to improve their health and fitness.
It is possible that we all might be receiving more leads at the beginning of the new year as a consequence of this portal. What would you say to a prospective client to demonstrate that you are a true fitness professional as opposed to an amateur. And in your opinion, what is the difference between a fitness professional and a fitness amateur?
this is a wonderful question as we are all getting ready for the next year.
The way I would describe the difference between a profesional and an amateur is the depth of knowledge in the fitness field. Before I was a trainer, I was a fitness amareur. I had read enough fitness books and had found a routine that was working pretty well - for myself. I would not have presumed that this would apply to somebody else. As a professional, we should be able to step outside ourselves and recommend fitness routines that are optimal for the other person even if we would not use them ourselves.
If somebody were to ask me, that is probably what I would say in so many words. I would point to the fitness evaluation that I do with all clients prior to training. I can also highlight the fact that I am familiar with many of the common problems that people may have, in part simply by virtue of the fact that I have been in business for over 16 years.
I customize the workout for the clients specific needs and help with uncovering the true motivation for real success. Not just "I want to lose 20lbs" but use root cause analysis for uncovering underlying reasoning within each client.
A fitness "amateur" whose desire to help others become fit comes from the heart can be far more successful than from those of us with years of education, certifications and experience if we think that those attributes make us superior. Our hardest task is to learn from the so-called amateurs.
Have a great 2012! Daniel
A fitness professional lives it
A fitness professional walks the walk.
A fitness professional maintains integrity, professionalism, values education, is constantly learning and willing to do so.
A fitness professional takes their job seriously and honors the profession as a way of life not just a career