Hi, I’m a new trainer I’m 23 years old and I look young. What can I do to find people who will take me seriously and respect my knowledge to some degree? I don’t know what kind of client likes to work with a young trainer. I would like to help those with lower or middle class incomes. Please share any ideas for a new trainer to find who they can help the most, Thank you.
I hope by now you have answered your question. It doesn’t really matter which clients you might end up training as long as you stay informed, professional, disciplined, open minded and don’t be afraid. Know your stuff and no client will be an obstacle for you. Many young trainers make the mistake that they are better than everyone else, only to see them exiting the industry after a relatively short period of time.
Oh, I know, that is so tough. I went through the same thing when I was about 19-23 as well. One of the things that helped was that I was pursuing my degree at the same time in exercise science. Are you by chance going to school pursuing something in this field or related? If so, you can make it known that you are actively studying these concepts in a scientific and/or academic environment and you have all of those resources at your disposal. It might carry a little more weight and command respect for your knowledge rather than someone older looking at you like you’re just some kid who doesn’t know what he’s talking about.
Chris Lutz-Master Trainer
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Are you independently wealthy? Karin and Marlan’s answers are right on the mark. Affording a personal trainer is one of those discretionary income perks that aren’t part of the budget for those who work to pay a mortgage, food and kid expenses. It’s life.
Debbie’s ideas are great. Just realize that most public programs are as strapped as the rest of us.
Stephen makes some great points. Don’t ever try to answer a question that you don’t know the answer to. Being yourself is the key. I’ve worked with a lot of trainers and coaches over the years and those who were most successful were those who were absolutely honest with their clients and their players. You don’t know everything. Don’t pretend to. Hopefully we all learn something new every day. It’s okay to say “I don’t know” when your client asks you a question that you don’t know the answer to. And don’t ever hesitate to consult with other professionals who may have more education/experience than you.
Keep studying, get to as many IDEA Personal Trainer conferences as you can, challenge yourself to get certified by a recognized agency (e.g. ACE, ACSM).
Good luck, Daniel