What makes a fitness professional worth the investment? Working out on a few machines every week isn’t that difficult right? Adjust the settings to your size, figure out a weight to do 10 reps with for a couple sets, and you transform into a fitness model in 30 days or less guaranteed! That’s what social media and advertisements have you to believe.
Since I was a early teenager I have been attracted to working out. Even though I played soccer most of my life along with other sports growing up, weight training was something I knew I needed for better athletic performance and because I had little self-confidence as a thin kid. As most teen boys wanted, I also had the desires to bulk up and look HUGE! All I needed was to lift a bunch of heavy weights, read some bodybuilding magazines, and instant massive physique! Wrong.
Finally, at the age of 18 I received my first gym membership after working out in my room with a curl bar and doing push-ups and pull-ups. Unfortunately, I still had no idea what I was really doing until I studied for and became a personal trainer in 2008. I went 15 years of bumbling along reading only the same bodybuilding magazines as a guide. Let me guess, you have done basically the same thing with some kind of magazine and now YouTube sensation to guide you. I’m willing to bet a large sum of money you also are still clueless and have not achieved what you want regarding your athletic performance and overall health.
A fitness professional is an investment, no doubt. Remember that fitness professionals also made an investment in themselves by spending $400-$500 on a certification, sometimes multiple certifications. Plus, they have continuing education credits to maintain that certification, which are also a financial investment. Fitness professionals are not just the biggest guys and hottest girls in the gym.
How do you know who to invest in for your health and fitness goals? I’ll share with you three characteristics of a good fitness professional.
- Relationship oriented: they show a true interest in their clients beyond taking their money. You truly matter to them beyond the 30 or 60 minutes a couple times per week.
- They are a product of their product: they “look” the part and enjoy being fit. A fitness professional doesn’t have to be the biggest, fastest, strongest, and best looking, they do need to exemplify a healthy, active lifestyle.
- Their own workouts are similar to what you enjoy: fitness professionals train others similarly to how they workout, it’s being human. Watch them and see if you gravitate to their style.
Not all clients stay with the same professional, and that is fine. Work with a few until you feel comfortable. Ask them questions about their experiences both in fitness and life overall. If you’re a 55- year-old male, a 27-year-old female may not understand what’s going on in your stage of life. The relationship has to be win-win. Fitness professionals are also counselors because our clients are in a vulnerable state and they feel comfortable sharing about their lives. Being able to trust each other is crucial for maintaining a long-term relationship.
You are investing in their knowledge and expertise to get you where you have not been able to go. If you’re health is worth it, then hiring a fitness professional is worth it. Just like having a CPA. Sure, you can do your own taxes, is it worth the risk of fines, penalties, and levies if the job isn’t done right? Only you know the answer to that. Your health is the same risk assessment.
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