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..
Another thing I thought about this morning for you is this.
No matter how much you know, how long you train, how many people you teach, there will be things you don’t know. It’s natural to feel a little insecure when you’re new. The key, IMO, is how you channel that insecurity. When I get a question that I don’t know the answer to, I say, “That’s a really great question. I only know a bit about it (share that info if you have any), but I have several resources and can find out for you. I can answer you next session or if you need it before that, I’ll email you what I find out.”