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.
How about focusing your attention and talents on the young such as yourself?
With phys ed being cut in most schools and with the increasing rate of childhood obesity, your young appearance would definitely work in your favor as somewhat of a mentor for pre-teen and high school aged kids.
Do a search and see what programs may aready be in place in your community … perhaps through parks & rec, schools, clubs such as the Boys & Girls Clubs or other organized community service projects. Maybe you can start your own Youth Conditioning after-school program and charge a minimal fee?
Thanks Debbie and Marlan I promise I am working on getting insured I might have to borrow money from my parents lol. After I do that I will look into training adolescents. I have instructed kids for playing drum set before; that could be my calling. I also read an article about reaching out to college kids as future clients when they graduate. Thank you all for your support I would never have the confidence to do this alone.
Hi Andrew. The first thing to do to appear competent as a young trainer is to openly admit that you haven’t all the answers. Show a willingness to research topics that you aren’t proficient in and always ask for the opinions of seasoned professionals in that field. Before long your education will blossom and your competency will speak for itself through your work. Untill then, a competent trainer is willing to do the research. If you want to help lower to middle class persons then “GREAT” and don’t let anyone deter you from your passion. It is a great place to get a grip on the business and exposure to the public. No, they can’t pay as much so you are going to want to get creative (group training and such) but building a reputation as a successful go to trainer takes time. Good luck.
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