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.
For me the most important thing to keep me from burning out is variety in exercise programming. I’m always coming up with new exercises, tweaking old exercises, and finding different ways of doing things to keep clients, and me, motivated.
Change up the program every season.
Each time I get to a season I aim for a different goal.
Summer- RUN. Its beautiful out. Train for triathlons and marathons.
Fall- Getting crummy out, bounce between the gym and running to get into fall sports.
Winter- Crummy out- working in the gym all day- fit a workout into a pool. Laps get the body lean.
Spring- Getting into the gym after water can get me super buff.
I am a professional teacher as well as personal trainer so I understand this question well. I always try to experiment with new ways to achieve results. I think of myself as a scientist in a lab putting myself through tests that I may use with clients. More recently I began using tires as part of my own workouts and once I felt comfortable with the routine, I began introducing the workouts to my clients. I hope this sheds some light onto your questions. Take care and best of luck!
I agree with all of the previous comments but variety is key, changing up your training and routines, remaining abreast of the latest trends and having fun. I also schduke time weekly to pursue my own hobbies such as running and lately I have added endurance and adventure races to my passtimes. Variety and remaining excited by fitness enables me to pass on energy and enthusiasm to my clients.