Regardless of one’s education, credentials and experience…you MUST practice what you preach when you work in the fitness industry. Clients will naturally gravitate to a trainer who looks healthy, fit, athletic and separates themselves from the pack. Early in my training career, I learned this the hard way and have never looked back since.
I’ve worked with trainers who ate pizza in the break room and went out drinking every night. They talked a good game, had a few clients, but the general public saw them as lazy and uninspiring when assessing them. You don’t have to look like an Adonis, but you should look fit. Fitness inspires people and a trainer should be the one to do that…with knowledge and appearance. You are a role model and need to act accordingly.