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!
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!