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..
One thing to remember when you start working with someone who has never hired a personal trainer is they are just as scared as you are! LOL. Be true to yourself. Use the knowledge that you know, read up on what you don’t. Be understanding, because, trust me, most people who hire personal trainers appreciate a person who understands them and cares about them. They care about that more than they care about how much you know about micros and macros, etc.
I wish I had a mentor when I started. I think finding someone you could shadow is a great idea. Or practice on family and friends for free to get used to it.