Advice for personal trainers

A potential client contacts me, they used to be very active, they had fitness goals that they experienced success in and they are knowledgeable about nutrition exercise.

Over the past couple of years their job has got in the way, they feel that they should know what to do to increase their energy levels and improve their health, but they can’t do it. They might squeeze in some exercise into their busy routine, but they feel it isn’t enough. I sit down and start to explore their lifestyle. They have a couple of jobs, they pay OK, but one is self-employed, so they take every job they are offered, work hours are sporadic and at antisocial times so when there is free time it is spent catching up with friends and family or working on growing their business. On a usual day they are up and out the door at 5.45am, grabbing a coffee as they go, they have a full-on morning of work then late morning in a lull they spend a couple of hours catching up on paperwork, topping up their caffeine levels, nipping to the shop to grab something quick and easy to eat and then back to work again. Late afternoon they have a lull and they sometimes work out but feel tired so use this time to manage their social media accounts but often spend it mindlessly scrolling. At 5.50 it’s off to the next job for three hours of work, getting in late they grab dinner, quickly catch-up up with friends or family then head to bed.

As a personal trainer you know what you would be saying – something must give, healthy needs to be prioritised!

Personal trainer and fitness professionals, I am inviting you to spend a couple of minutes to reflect on how you are now so that you can be in a potion to look after yourself. The above client could be pretty much any personal trainer I have had the privilege to know over the last few years. I am writing this as I am passionate about mental health and in the year of branching out into personal training I have noticed a few things about personal trainer and how we do or don’t look after our own wellbeing. So, with my Occupational Therapist hat on I want to explore some of the barriers to wellbeing and some practical strategies you can use if they apply to you. Most of these may seem like common sense but this is a chance for you to give yourself permission to check if you are looking after yourself. You will only give your clients the best service when you are in tune with how you are.