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Top 5 Personal Trainer Pain Points

Personal trainers are constantly working on improving themselves, but the job is not always easy. Here are some of the most common pain points you might face in your line of work. Overcome them with these tips!

Eric LeClair
October 15, 2021
Personal trainers are constantly working on improving themselves, but the job is not always easy. Here are the most common personal trainer pain points.
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Personal Trainer Pain PointsPhotographer: Ryan Snaadt | Source: Unsplash

A personal trainer is a certified individual who competently demonstrates, delivers, and creates effective and safe exercise or workout programs for clients and groups. That doesn’t mean that success comes overnight. As a matter of fact, there are plenty of personal trainer pain points to overcome. The relationship with a client is a collaborative one that is driven by a set goal that would most likely have a time frame. Before this collaboration is properly achieved, a workout program is required, and to create one, a variety of assessments are taken by the trainer on the client.

These assessments include but are not limited to; core function, posture and movement, flexibility, muscular fitness, balance, body composition, reactivity, cardiorespiratory fitness, speed, and agility.

Creating an effective workout plan for a client takes a lot of time, prioritizing, and analysis, and even after one has been successfully created, several challenges follow. These challenges threaten the success of the journey and could delay or thwart progress. Personal trainers are mostly always at the receiving end because they have the responsibility of reengineering and strategically putting the program on track.

5 Pain Points Personal Trainers Have Creating Workout Programs For Their Clients

  1. Having to narrow down: As a personal trainer, creating a concise program that would contain vital information can be a serious challenge. This is because the process of creating this program requires you as a personal trainer to utilize your wide knowledge and thin it down to several important points that would cover up for the numerous points that have to be excluded. For instance, if you know one million things, you are expected to fit it all into a handful of exercises, reps, rest times, variations, and more. Like making the plan is not enough trouble, you would most likely have to create a new one if the initial program wasn't suitable or practical for your client. This sometimes has a lot to do with health issues that may not allow the client to safely participate in a workout program. In this case, referring your client to do a check-up and get medical clearance is important.
  2. Getting clients to invest in their routine: this can be very difficult, especially if you're working with someone who only just started their fitness journey. Getting clients to properly devote their time and stay consistent is not a walk in the park. Most people find it easier to quit than develop good workout ethics, and this is most likely one of the most common challenges you would be facing as a personal trainer. Your work is made easier when your client can develop the habit of consistency, but it's a bumpy ride getting them to that level.
  3. Difficult Clients: As a personal trainer, you know better about fitness than your client, and you have extensive knowledge of specific plans that would suit different people. While you can identify the exact needs of your clients, they may not see it too, and so you end up trying to convince them. Some clients are convinced that having a personal trainer means they would get to try out fancy exercises during workouts. When a client has such expectations, personal trainers have trouble including the basic practices which are very important.
  4. Eating Habits: Having to work on yourself to adjust and adopt healthy eating habits may be very difficult but what could be more difficult is convincing your client to do the same as it determines how much progress would be achieved. Some clients find it hard to give up their favorite snacks and junk, so as a personal trainer, creating a meal plan for them could be a challenge.
  5. Cancellation: Even after successfully drafting a workout program for your client, a lot of things may not go as planned. A client can arrive late, come in unprepared, or be too exhausted to properly workout, and sometimes even cancel, which leaves you both a day or more behind the set goals.

Top 6 Skills Of Successful Personal Trainers

Your success in the fitness training industry and your ability to effectively impact lifestyles and navigate through every challenge are all dependent on certain skills that you should possess.

Below are the top 6 skills and habits of successful personal trainers;

  1. Passion: To be a personal trainer and constantly push through every challenge, you need to have a lot of passion for what you do. Living and promoting a healthy lifestyle would not only be of great help to you but also serve as a great motivation to your client. Without passion, you'd be quick to fall out of any industry after encountering some difficulties. Your passion becomes your compass, helping you see the bigger picture and enable you to thrive in the fitness training industry.
  2. Communication Skills: Being a personal trainer means you would be communicating with individuals directly - guiding them through a healthy practice and lifestyle. Having excellent communication skills simply translates to you being able to pass a message to your client in a way that they can understand. For instance, when showing your client how to perform an exercise, you have to be clear about what exactly they are not to do while at it to avoid injury.
  3. Wide Knowledge of the Industry: since you would be spending most or all the years of your career helping people through their fitness journey and bringing out the best in them, you are expected to constantly broaden your knowledge about the fitness training industry. To be able to give safe and effective fitness and nutrition information to your clients, you will have to be cutting the edge with knowledge.
  4. Leadership skills: all successful personal trainers have this one thing in common. Irrespective of the number of clients you may have, having people look up to you to achieve their means you lead them. To show great leadership, you are expected to live the lifestyle you expect your clients to adopt. The fitness journey is a tough one, but it gets easier and more achievable when you can lead.
  5. Self-promotion: Your ability to find more clients ultimately boils down to how skillful you are at promoting yourself. To be able to convince potential clients that you are the right person to lead them through their journey, you need to be able to properly advertise your physical and personal skills both locally and also using the internet as a handy tool.
  6. Attentiveness: Being a personal trainer means you will get to meet and work with a lot of persons with varying lifestyles and needs. To be able to effectively offer your services, you are expected to have good listening skills. Pay attention to their needs, complaints, and suggestions.
Eric LeClair

Eric LeClair works on the Marketing Team at PushPress. Eric has been a CrossFit Affiliate owner for 16 years. He's built three separate gyms and developed over 20 staff members to run operations at those facilities. He's a Veteran of the US Army, married with two little kids, and spends lots of time with his two boxers backpacking and exploring new adventures!

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