you can’t find them but they may become clients that you will have for a long time when they recognize the value that you can bring to their exercise program. I found that being flexible and adaptive to changing circumstances in my clients’ lives was a key factor in having clients for years.
At the same time, it is also important to empower clients to be self-sufficient and not dependent on you. All my clients have their own exercise routines but they still train regularly for additional challenges that they would not venture in on by themselves.
Looking at it from a different angle, clients tend to stay with you longer when they are settled in their careers and families.I find that clients over 50 tend to be really dependable. I may be awfully unfair to some in the younger generations, particularly those under 30, but I noticed often a hit and miss kind of commitment that is driven by events such as looking good at a wedding.
I noticed that you have a very unique biography, having been an EMT. This skill will be very priced by older adults that look for safety first.
I wish you success.
In addition to the other suggestions, I would look for opportunities to get involved in community events to build clientele. For example, local races or health fairs can get your name out to meet potential clients.
In addition, any new client has the potential to be a long-term client for you, it just depends on many factors. You have the opportunity to showcase yourself during those first few sessions and display your knowledge, compassion, motivational skills, etc. Those clients that feel value in your training are more likely to be retained. It may take some time, but you will build a following–and your niche in this industry.
Find an area in training that you are passionate about, and love what you do–that will be a magnet for you.