I just got NCSF certified and am trying to figure out where to go from here. I have a fair amount of personal experience (extremely physically active and in sports since early childhood, been doing personal training as a client for a little more than a year, been instructing some people on techniques in Judo and archery) but I don’t yet have much confidence as my ability as a trainer. I’m afraid that I’ll get a client and won’t know how to help them; what they need or what exercises to do with them.
I understand the only way to have experience is to jump in and get experience but I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions/ advice on how to do that, a good course of action from here, advice in general, etc..
Welcome to the team of personal trainers!
I know how intimidating it can be when you are first starting out as a personal trainer. I was at that point 3 years ago. What helped me was working with other trainers at the gym I worked at and asking a lot of questions. I also trained some of my friends for free just to become comfortable working with them one on one. You seem to have an impressive background and that can help you with programming. Perhaps you may want to focus on training young athletes since you have experienced what is involved with athletic training. At our local Y, one of our personal trainers was a 3 sport athlete and he uses his knowledge and background to train young athletes in a small group setting.
It is going to take some time until you find your niche so just be patient and don’t be afraid to explore new methods along the way. Find a style of training that fits your personality. This will help you to be more comfortable and clients will be attracted to your comfortable demeanor. Offering small group trainings may also help if you would be comfortable with small groups.
Remember – it’s not how much you know but how you interact with your clients.
I wish you the best!