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..
Oh boy, you are in GREAT company. I believe everyone who has ever trained someone felt the same way!
My recommendation is to find a gym that has trainers that you feel are role models. If you are able to work in the same location, DO IT. If not, go there and workout. Let them know you are starting and ask if you are allowed to shadow them. If not, workout at the same place and try to to listen, in a respectful manner, of course.
Also, find a place who will take you. And start with people who you are comfortable with. If you are knowledgeable and able to teach, vs just knowing how to do it, there is a diference, you will begin to get in a grove 🙂