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.
Don’t be one dimensional, completing only one-on-one personal training sessions, for example.
Think about group fitness, small group training, coaching, weight training classes, teaching/lecturing, online training, affiliated marketing (with blogs, for example), boot camps, writing news articles, and so forth.
When I was in my twenties, I focused on getting as many clients and group classes as possible to make more money. When my daughter was about 2 years old and cried for me because I was always working so much, the light went off that I didn’t have balance and my priorities were out of order.
From that day on, I decided that would never be that busy again. My American dream is to make more money per hour and not just make money by working a 1,000 hours. I took on my clients in a session and started doing other tasks that didn’t take as much as of my time as personal training and teaching group exercises.
Now I have a very flexible schedule which gives me more time for my family, friends and myself. I don’t work 40 hours per work and life is better.
I agree with the variety that many people are stating. Making the time to schedule your own workouts is a must. Making sure you are able to do what you are putting your clients through makes you understand what they are going through and puts you right there with them and be in the moment. Being overwhelmed and “burnt out” is just a way of telling you that you have resistance towards what is happening at the time in your life.
My own morning rituals of waking up 2 hours before I need to be anywhere, no matter how early I have to be there, helps me to be refreshed when I arrive so I am not rushed. The way you go to sleep at night, is the way you will wake up in the morning, which will determine how your day goes. Remembering to regroup and check in with myself at night and in the morning are the most important times so I am always making sure I am alignment and balanced…THEN I can help others.