Become a personal trainer

As a personal trainer, the most important lesson you can offer your client is inspiration. The principles of personal training, or any self-discipline, offer the same life lessons. Cause and Affect. Cause and affect has been one of the most influential lessons I have learned in my life. Many clients' show up to their first training session with a sense of defeat; a personal trainer is their last resort and they have acknowledged to themselves that they cannot do it alone. They have surrendered their physical fitness to you, and to cultivate the ability to teach these individuals that it is possible to change their bodies, also teaches a much deeper life lesson; one can change any area of their life with the same techniques. To acknowledge cause and affect and then help them build confidence progressively is one of the most fulfilling aspects of personal training.

Become a personal trainer

To begin by accepting where they are at with love and setting realistic goals, a personal trainer can open up a whole new world of physical successes though embracing continual exercise in some form or another for the rest of their lives. If you have been in the health industry for any amount of time, you may have noticed how quickly trends change. Much like religion, each new diet or form of exercise holds some truth for each individual. However, no one can ever generalize that one thing will work for everyone. For this reason it is prudent to develop particular programs for particular needs and goals. Regardless of what trends or diets happen to be in vogue at the time, the truth is found in helping people to establish a subconscious motivation to stay physically active, and respect their bodies. If you can help people to develop the mindset of maintaining healthy physical habits over a lifetime, regardless of different trends in the diet and exercise world, therein lies the success and fulfillment of your career. Here are seven simple key points I have learned in my years as a personal trainer.

• Establish each client's personal goals and use them to formulate an exercise program that will challenge him or her, not too much and not too little. The program you establish should inspire your clients through the challenge of your program while leaving room to improve. In other words, you don't want your client to be so soar that it inhibits the rest of his/her day. They should feel a comfortable ache. That is unless their goal is to be a body builder.

• It is absolutely pertinent to change a clients' view of self. When someone is overweight and out of shape it is because they have allowed it to happen. You must absolutely reset this view in their minds to the desired outcome, and enlist them to think about their end result often. What will it feel like to be in excellent shape? How will they look? As a personal trainer you must reset, cultivate and align the client with their future vision. I have found it is helpful to share with clients' examples and stories, or mental images of times when you (or people you know) have experienced success, and entice them to form their own personal feelings of happiness and deep concentration as they work with you.

• Pursue healthy optimal experiences for yourself. The more you experience them, the more effectively, you can communicate to your clients. It is so important in life to practice what you preach. We strive for improvement not perfection and to show clients how you have overcome your own obstacles by example can be a very powerful tool.

• Optimal Experience - The optimal state of inner experience is one in which there is order in consciousness. This happens when psychic energy or attention is invested in realistic goals, and when skills match the opportunities for action. The pursuit of a goal brings order in awareness because a person must concentrate attention on the task at hand and momentarily forget everything else. These periods of struggling to overcome challenges are what people find to be the most enjoyable times of their lives. A person who has achieved control over psychic energy and has invested it in consciously chosen goals cannot help but grow into a more complex being. By stretching skills, by reaching toward higher challenges, such a person becomes an increasingly extraordinary individual.

• One of the specific to joys to a state of bliss is the fact that it often comes after voluntary hard work where limits were reached. Emphasize that reaching and then passing limits brings emotional, physical, and mental joy. Nothing can replace the satisfaction that comes when a cherished goal is accomplished due to a concerted effort. It can be very refreshing to realize that your mind is often the barrier to your success, not your body.

• Acknowledge even the smallest accomplishments and take the time to savor them with your client accomplishments. Reinforce that hard work pays off. If getting in shape were easy it would not be nearly as satisfying. We appreciate what we work for. Help them to find their own personal "order in consciousness."

• Understand that only through "order in consciousness" do people ever truly understand that they truly are the authors of their own destiny. When we endeavor to instill this mindset within ourselves we are actually helping to satisfy a universal truth to all human beings; the need to believe that we do have choices, and if we have the courage we can change undesirable aspects of our lives.

Become a personal trainer

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