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!
If I understand correctly, you train a lot of clients who are new members, so they take two sessions with you and then you either sell them a training package or you don’t see them again as a client? At some clubs, I’ve seen this as a “healthy start,” where the goal isn’t to sell anyone anything, it’s to get them going along the right path. Other places where I’ve worked, we were not supposed to actually teach them anything, just assess them and tell them that we could help them if only they would pay us (I’m a big cynical about that methodology…).
Until you decide what to do next in your career, maybe re-frame the way you teach those two hours. You might not be able to change someone’s life in 2 hours, but you might light the spark that becomes a flame down the road. What value-added things can you teach them in that short time that they will be grateful for and will use? Maybe think of it as, “I know this person is only with me for two hours. What are the 5 things that are do-able that would have the most impact on them right now?” That may give you a different energy.
In the longer term, I like Harris’ idea of taking a different certification / specialization.
Another thing that might really suit you is corporate work, i.e. doing lunchtime speeches at business locations. That way, you know that the people who showed up for your “lunch and learn” actually want to be there so you have a base of people who want what you’re offering.