I know a lot of trainers and fitness instructors who focus on training so many clients, that they ignore their own personal need to stay healthy and excited about teaching/training. It would be great to know what other fitness professionals do to stay excited and energized about working with their clients.
I agree with Natalie above. Variety, variety, variety is the key! Just as one of your clients could become bored, stagnant and not continue to make progress with their fitness if your workouts with them don’t offer variety, so can we become bored or stagnant if we don’t constantly change things up for ourselves. Challenging yourself by constantly learning new techniques and theories, attending professional development opportunities, and finding new ways to reach potential clients (e.g. writing and speaking) are all great ways to stay on top of information in our field while at the same time remaining energized and challenged.
I hope this helps. Good luck!
I agree. Like anything else, you need balance. That is hard to find when you first start out and are trying to build your business, but make sure you have at least 1 FULL day without clients, working out or planning. Leave time for yourself and other interests.
That being said, I am always most inspired when taking classes, getting new certifications and attending conferences/lectures. So pepper those into your time as needed… maybe every couple months.
I like Natalie’s answer, Variety! It is after all the spice of life they say. I have found for myself that doing the same thing over and over again just gets boring, so I train my clients like I train myself, by using variety. And then beyond that I make sure I always have some me time, that is hard for me right now with a full time job and trying to build my business and having a family but I manage.
Scheduling in your OWN workouts is a MUST! We are a giving industry and sometimes we forget we must put our oxygen masks on first. Whether that’s figuring out the perfect schedule so you have enough workout for fun time (somewhere where you can’t be interrupted) or taking some time off every once and while to do so, it’s extremely important to prevent burn out.