Like others who pursue helping careers, those of us who are trainers and instructors are professional givers, and the issues that affect this group are unique, varied, and sometimes even detrimental to our own health. lack of self-care has many consequences. This list of the challenges that fitness pros may encounter was derived from our experts’ own experiences.
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The energy, idealism and enthusiasm generated by fitness industry newbies are amazing. However, the flip side can be burnout, injury and neglected personal relationships. Based on wisdom gleaned from experience (sometimes the hard way), a few veterans share their thoughts on how new pros can safeguard self-care early on in their careers.
Is there a leader in your life who inspires you? What qualities make that person outstanding to you?
Traditionally, a leader has been defined as a charismatic person managing a team or leading a group of people toward an inspired goal. However, there is a shift going on, beginning with MBA programs in prominent business schools such as Columbia University, where the course “Personal Leadership and Success” has become one of the most popular courses offered.
When someone asks you what you do for a living, how do you respond? Perhaps you say you’re “a group fitness instructor,” “a yoga instructor” or “a Zumba® instructor.” The correct response is, “I’m a leader.” You do more than simply host amazing classes that help people get fit. It’s time to think bigger about who you are and what you do, if you truly want to Inspire the World to Fitness®.
It’s the American way to focus on your weaknesses in order to improve your overall strengths. But in StrengthsFinder® 2.0 (Gallup Press 2007), author Tom Rath says that that approach has its priorities out of order.
Let’s say a child brings home a report card with five A grades and one D in math. How do parents typically respond?
newsletter_teaser: It’s the American way to focus on weaknesses to improve overall strengths. But in StrengthsFinder® 2.0 (Gallup Press 2007), author Tom Rath says that this approach has its priorities out of order.
newsletter_teaser: You want to help overweight or obese clients adopt healthy lifestyle behaviors they can maintain. But how do you do it? Begin by learning what their large goals truly mean to them; reorienting them toward smaller goals; and demystifying their many perceptions about health, fitness and diet.
If I asked you how you are doing, what would your answer be? Crazy? Busy? We all have managed to fill every minute of every day with a task, a chore or an obligation. But that doesn’t mean we’re truly productive. Now ask yourself the following questions: Do you spend your days the way you want to? Or is most of your time spent reacting to the influx of emails, social media and people who want your time? Do you book your days from wake to sleep with appointments, and leave no time for yourself or for growing other parts of your business?newsletter_teaser: We all have managed to fill every minute of every day with a task, a chore or an obligation. But that doesn’t mean we’re truly productive. Learn how to manipulate your schedule so you have more time to do the things you want to do.
It used to be that in order to publish a book, you needed to gain the attention of a literary agent or a publishing company. Even if you were lucky enough to secure an agent, success wasn’t guaranteed.
Unfortunately, rejection is the norm in the publishing world. However, thanks to the Internet, you can bypass agents and publishers and produce your book yourself. Companies like Amazon and Kindle make it easier than ever to self-publish titles at minimal expense.
In his book Pilates’ Return to Life Through Contrology, Joseph Pilates wrote: “Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness and can neither be acquired by wishful thinking nor by outright purchase (Pilates & Miller 1998).” First published in 1945, this book is more relevant than ever today, as clients seem to have less time to work out, and a lot more excuses as to why.
newsletter_teaser: In his book Pilates’ Return to Life Through Contrology, Joseph Pilates wrote: “Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness and can neither be acquired by wishful thinking nor by outright purchase (Pilates & Miller 1998).” First published in 1945, this book is more relevant than ever today.
“You can have all the exercise skills in the world, but it won’t matter if you can’t help your clients achieve their true goals,” says online coach, author and former health club owner Tom Terwilliger. “You’ll just be a technician rather than a change agent.”
How can you manifest your own dreams and goals—and help your clients realize theirs?