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. 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 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!
Variety!!!! Variety with your training modalities and with your actual job! I’ve been in the industry for over 26 years and the only way I avoid burnout is to work in different environments and remember that variety is the key with my clients as well as with my schedule. I schedule my own time every morning for an hour. This is usually my workout time but I know its the time I can de-stress and not have to talk to anyone.
Continuing education through networking, conferences and other types of education will help keep you motivated and also continue to give you new ideas. Give your clients, job and schedule variety regularly and never stop learning!
1) workout or get a massage for YOURSELF, or do something for your body once a day
2) go to group fitness classes or trainer seminars/conventions
3) get a new client! It is exciting and new to meet new clients… one new face a month (even for a few meetings or a referral, if it’s not a long-term client)