Common mistakes trainers make and how you can avoid them


Every personal trainer want to succeed, and the beginning is tough in every career path you pick for yourself. Most of the time, the fear from the unknown is the one that paralyzes is, and luckily, this kind of fear can be much less paralyzing when you plan your career path ahead.

Some employers try to solve this issue for trainers by defining a career path filled with different promotions, but in most cases, you'll need to figure it out on your own.

So just take matter into your own hands. Ask yourself what is your vision for your dream career, and develop a plan to make it happen.

Break your vision into milestones and list everything you need to do in order to reach them. Sometimes it can even help to set deadlines for your milestones.

Get productive and talk to as many people from the industry as you can. Ask them for advice on what they've done to achieve their success and learn from each one of them.

Understand the importance of social skills

Many people tend to underestimate the importance of social skills in the fitness business and assume that it's what you know that counts. But being social and personable is essential for success, since you're giving service to people and want your clients to enjoy your workouts together.

Try to learn about body language, compliment people, think of a few conversation starters to rely on and practice them on random people. Make yourself comfortable starting conversations with new people. Develop this social muscle the same way you want your clients to develop their body muscle.

Being overconfident

One of the most important things you should avid as a trainer is being overconfident.

Confidence is important at some level because you want your clients to know you're a professional, and the way to show it is by demonstrating what you know. And that's okay. Just keep in mind that sometimes you can come across as arrogant, even if you didn't mean to.

try asking your clients for their opinion and advice on topics that are not related to fitness. Maybe about something they're good at or something they know. There's a thin line between confidence and overconfidence, and small things like that will show them that you value their perspective and thoughts.

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