Just from a business standpoint, my greatest challenge is to keep a schedule that allows me to have somewhat of a normal family life. Let’s face it – people want to train at 5-7 AM & some at 4-7 PM, even later. Sure – you’ll have people in between, but they’re the toughest clients to find. Days can very easily get extended to 12 – 15 hours if you’re not careful & agree to train people at both extreme ends of the day. But sometimes you “have to do” what you “have to do”, especially if you’re the one paying the bills.
Another challenge is debunking every ridiculous fitness article or exercise fad/diet that comes down the road – which seems to be quite often. I spent a lot of time doing that in the past, but now, thankfully, most of my clients don’t even go there with me anymore because they already know my answer – I guess arrogance comes with age!
As far as licensing & regulation goes, I was for that years ago but I’m glad it never happened. I don’t need a government agency telling me how to train people & charging me fees. Most people who can afford to hire a trainer aren’t stupid – if you’re a good, qualified trainer, you’ll find work. If you’re an imposter, you’ll be weeded out. Sorry for ranting on!