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Your First Day as a Personal Trainer – What to Expect

November 21, 2019

So, you have completed your training, you have marketed your services and you finally receive your first client. Well done! The next question is, what should you expect during your first day as a personal trainer?

It can be quite daunting when you first start out but don’t worry; Fit2Train is here to give you insight into how to plan for your first day.

Your first day as a personal trainer – understanding your client

Chances are your first client will be new to personal training. Luckily, this will make your job easier, as they will likely have questions that will soon become common with many new clients. Learning about your first client will make it easier to learn about other clients later on.

You may walk into the workout space with a set plan in your head, but you will quickly learn that not everyone is the same. It helps to talk with your client first about what they can and cannot manage. Keeping the workout short, no longer than 40 minutes, will help ease both of you into the routine. This is plenty of time to warm up, work out and cool down.


It’s great when things work out as planned, but there are some moments where a client may throw you off your game. As such, you simply need to adapt to the situation. If the client manages to finish the workout earlier than expected, it always helps to have one or two bonus exercises to give them the time they have paid for.

The need for a bigger challenge

Sometimes a client may surprise you with their strength or agility. They may even surprise themselves! Don’t worry, you can make the workout more challenging with a few easy steps:

  • More weight
  • More volume
  • Less rest
  • More variations

Just remember to be careful with movements such as squats. Too much load will likely make them more sore than necessary the next day. And you don’t want to put them off with excess pain!


There really isn’t anything too scary about your first day as a personal trainer. You and the client will most likely find yourselves working together and helping each other out (even without realising) and even if things don’t go according to plan, you will walk away with so much knowledge and experience for the next time. And as time passes, you will learn more and more about how you can offer your clients the best personal training service possible.

Of course, before you can even look at building a client portfolio, you must make sure you have all the necessary qualifications that will allow you to provide such a fantastic service. This is where Fit2Train comes in. With a range of courses from Fit2Train, you can provide your clients with a valuable service that will leave them wanting nothing more than to tell their friends all about it! Email us at to learn more about our courses available from entry-level two up-to advanced level four.

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