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..
This is the missing gap in the industry.
We need a mentorship program to address exactly this issue.
It’s not something that can be taught. Training is intuitive and innate.
When meeting a potential client for the first time, have forms for them to complete that address your concerns. Work off of the forms.
A few other suggestions;
Make eye contact
Let the client talk:
Ask specific questions
Ask if they have any questions