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.
Whenever I feel my energy starting to drain, I examine what I’m doing regularly (daily, weekly, monthly, annually) and if each activity has a critical purpose. At one point, I even had my calendar colour-coded to reflect various commitments: client training (yellow), workshops/conferences (green), housekeeping (orange), personal workouts (blue), and personal time to do whatever the heck I wanted (pink), etc..
You know what’s coming, right?: at times of low ebb, there was a decent amount of blue, but not more than a hint of pink on the horizon…just a seemingly endless stream of yellow, green, and orange.
It’s up to all of us to be as proactive as possible when creating our schedule. Sure, they will be times when all you can see for weeks or months is yellow, green, and orange; but in these cases blue and pink should be right behind. Hopefully, your chosen shades of yellow and green energize and excite you more often than not; if not, you need to re-examine if you’re in the right area.
I happen to love all things health, fitness, and wellness-related, but there are times when I just need to chill and do a swift 180: watch a silly (but hopefully funny) movie, immerse myself in a great novel, hang out with people who do other things….
Also, because so much of our jobs involve constantly projecting positive energy (being “on”), physical strength and stamina, critical and creative thinking, I need times where I can let my whole self be quiet and relax; essentially I need and want to be alone (or get a great massage:). I find this to be the best energizer for me. I come out of this period feeling replenished and wanting once again to share myself entirely with others.
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.
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.