Oops, I commented instead of answered. Sorry for the double post!
Great comments below! I would add getting on the phone to trainers across the country. Sometimes you are more likely to get more honest feedback from someone who isn’t viewing you as potential competition. This is also a great way to check out how other trainers work, in gyms, private studios, licensed rehabilitation offices, you name it.
Best of luck!
Another thing you can do, without being creepy about it, is start noticing the posture of the people around you. When you’re standing in line at the grocery store, what’s happening in the shoulders and hips of the guy standing in front of you? Posterior or anterior pelvic tilt? Lordosis? Kyphosis? Transverse rotation? Shoulders level, rotated, dropped, etc.
We get good at body-reading by reading lots of bodies. When you don’t have client bodies to learn on, you can still learn a ton by people-watching.
I occasionally allow new trainers to shadow. If they approach me in a professional manner and make a good impression in a brief conversation.
You should connect with a few personal trainers in your area. Or talk to the manager at a local facility to see if they are open to the idea. They may even have a mentoring program in place.
Hello Alex Hatlevig,
Since you mention a gym, I would go to a few gyms to ask about shadowing a personal trainer or two, and speak with those people who can also give you more ideas of where to go in your area, even schools. Yes, the personal training field is so diverse now that you will want to check out all options available.
Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit.