As a professional personal trainer, what do you think is the most frustrating part of operating the business? Is it finding new clients/making yourself known online/offline, managing the existing clients (communication, scheduling training sessions, etc.), or anything else? Is there anything you think technology can help alleviate such a problem?
I work as an independent trainer and business is good, however there are ” frustrating” days like today (Monday, of course). Up at 5am, out the door by 6, arrive at health club 6:25, client got a call had to leave (will pay), 7:30 client cx sick, 8:00 client out for medical reason, 9:30 client – cx sick, 10:00 client shows for 1/2 hr session, 10:30 client on vac. (until April, California ! nice), 11:15 teach class (1 hr), 12:30 client vac., 1:00pm client – cx sick. Have lunch, go home. The most frustrating part was the first two sessions that canceled in the morning. I straightened up the gym, walked the track, did paperwork, reviewed notes from fitness conference Sunday( 8:30am -5:30pm), had coffee – felt better.
I’m with Karin on this one! Yes, there are times when I wish that something in my business went better or was a bit easier, but my overall take on my personal training business is that I entered this industry by CHOICE and because it represents my passion – therefore, to me any periodic problem doesn’t really frustrate me, only teaches me how to handle a situation or do something differently to avoid it in the future.
I think this is the best field to be in! Occasionally, a cancellation may get under my skin- even when I’m getting paid- or when clients don’t take personal responsibility for their their health the other 163-165 hours of the week when you are not with them…but that is just because we care so much! Overall, the perks outweigh the frustrations by far!
I love my job!!! However, when I have an training session set at 6 a.m. and they do not show or they call me at 5:45 to say they are not going to make it. This makes my job difficult. The other pet peeve that I have is when my clients to do not eat right…..diet is key, without a healthy diet you will spin your wheels. Other than those minor issues. I enjoy what I do immensely!!