Hi, I’ve been a lurker here for a while, it’s a great community with lots of useful insights and I eventually joined to ask a question!
I’m really confused on how one should build a client base, starting from scratch, working in a commercial gym, assuming you have to build your own client base without any help from the gym itself.
A lot of advices and suggestions I see take for granted you have already a base to start from, but what if your completely new to the world of personal training?
What are your best advices for a new trainer looking to build a client base relatively fast? Should I approach everyone and give free sessions? Should I ever try to sell my services or just be nice, help people and try to build relationship and trust hoping someone will eventually request personal training?
To sum it up: please, share your knowledge on, going back, everything you would do in the first weeks in a gym setting. I’m very very confused (and… terrified)!
In addition to the above great points and suggestions I would encourage you to make some business cards and place them at the front desk (assuming that is ok with the management). Also every time you talk to or help a member pass them your card. This way they will remember you and they will also have a contact information in case they decide to go ahead and want to hire you. This is also a great way of them passing your information to others who might not even being members at that gym, but who are looking for a trainer. Another suggestion for you would be to get to know the sales people at the gym. They are the ones who come in contact with pretty much every member/person who comes through those doors and they could be a great referral point for you. Good luck to you.