One of the many things that keep me motivated is learning about the body. There is always something to discover, and if I can apply that to help my clients I feel that I am doing my job. It takes commitment to do this job, and I am very fortunate to have the clients that I have. They have put their trust in me to make them healthier so I feel it is a duty to learn all I can. Training becomes a passion, it’s something that grows on you.
If you really enjoy helping other people to reach their goals and you are knowledgeable and determined to get their commitment to work together with you, then you will achieve the results they want and that is what keeps you as a trainer motivated and excited about what you do. A trainers motivation lies in watching his or her clients achieving the goals that have been set in every single set that has been designed for the client to the best of their ability with 120% of their commitment (that is our job, getting that commitment out of people). That’s in my opinion, the best experience you can have in our profession. There in lies the joy in what I do.
Always have a goal and a plan to achieve it. You will motivate your clients if you are also pursuing something, and telling them about it. In my experience, it makes you more real and easier to relate too. For me, it helps to plan my own workouts as if I am my own client (ie, set my own workout as an appointment during the day). Personally, I want to workout during the day, not after I am done training, because I have more energy. Everyone is different. A goal and plan is key!
I use the Polar FT60 heart rate monitor programming and have to stay on a workout schedule around my clients schedules so the fact that I can only workout out on those designated days keeps me motivated to get it done and knowing that my watch has set a goal for the week helps me to strive for a goal. I have always had the phrase “practice what you preach” in the back of my mind and it is always a good motivator. I find that during my workouts I can experiment with new ideas to pass on to my clients and can think of the best choice of words to cue them to execute it.