I’ve been a personal trainer for 8 years and like many, phases of burn out happens and then you get over it and move on. I’m at the stage where I feel like clients are just going through the motions, putting in their two sessions and then going on about their normal routine. I feel as though I’m burn out on excuses and not making a difference in people. Tired of the monotony in people. I really love to teach fitness and nutrition and I love speaking on it. What career path could I go down that highlights that? What can I do to fire up the pt spark again? Thanks!
I went through something similar – sometime it can be just your feeling the monotony of it all. This might also rub off on your clients since we all know that those really up-beat excited people can often rub off on clients that are bored. Somethings to help with the monotony might be: try switching gyms, do more outdoor exercises, do group training, partner with another trainer. All these things can add more excitement to your job which just might rub off on your clients. I know its hard because I have gone thorugh a couple of these feelings as well but those are my suggestions.
Hello Dawn Fleer,
Don’t ask, you may find out what’s next. Anyway, change things up for the clients’ programs, if not for them, then for your own sake of boredom. Please try to remember that they are paying for our help and just may be happy where they are in their program. You could ask the clients if they need or want something different or if they are happy with the way things are now. That may help your mindset to let the client be, just to go with the flow.
Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit.
Aloha Dawn. Burn out can be a lingering mindset. How are your workouts going? Are you spending some extra time just for you? Taking good care of yourself is very important.
I also would suggest that you find someone locally (or maybe start a small fitness instructor support group) to just sit down with and talk about your work and things. The simple act of saying it out loud to someone who is listening can really be helpful. And it is comforting to know that you aren’t the only one having moments of doubt or ups and downs.
I don’t have much other information to go on, about other things in your world right now. I enjoy doing a little mentoring and support for other trainers. If you would be interested in doing some back and forth emails or calling me, you can contact me through my profile or my website www.hawaiifitnessacademy.com . For now, I offer you best wishes and the knowledge that you aren’t the only one out there.
It is easy to get burned out in this field. I go through the ups and downs of this as well. With regard to your clients and the monotony, for them it depends on if they are really ready to make a change. They are the ones that have to put in the time and effort and make those changes. You are there to provide them with their program, support and motivate them–and move them toward their goals.
Here are a few things you could do to add a little spark to your routine:
–Teach different classes
–Speak and give presentations at local businesses/churches/schools, etc…
–Put together your own 6/8/12 week program that includes the things you enjoy and make it a package deal
–Continue to educate yourself and/or focus on another certification
–Take what you already do well and do it better. What is your niche? Focus on it and be the best.
–Strengthen your mission and training philosophy. Does everything you do right now support your mission?
Also, make time for yourself! 🙂 It’s easy to get lost in other’s goals and workouts–but make sure you get your own in!
I like all of the answers. I’ve been in the so-called fitness industry for several decades and can certainly understand your feelings. In addition to the great ideas shared with you I would only add that you can’t depend on your clients’ responses to your training, eating, living guidelines, just depend on your own. Share your ideas, your guidelines, your beliefs, but do it in the spirit of what you follow. Don’t expect that your clients will necessarily agree, and don’t be disappointed if they do not. Just enjoy each day for what it brings to you as much as it brings to them.