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The personal trainer’s guide to self-care between training sessions

September 4, 2019

Personal Trainers will always tell their clients about how important it is to take care of themselves when they’re not working out. But how many of you can honestly say you practice what you preach? If you are putting more time into your client’s health but less into your own, this guide will offer some tips for providing self-care between training sessions.

Nourish

As a PT, you will know that many drinks de-hydrate you, especially any that are caffeinated. Though water is always the first choice, you can opt for flavour in drinks such as coconut water.

Don’t forget about what you eat either. Are you following your own words of wisdom in regard to eating? Make sure you’re getting a balanced diet, spend more time cooking and try new recipes to keep it exciting.

Play more

Personal training should not be your life. Think about the things you enjoy doing outside of work and do what you can to make time for them. Do you have a hobby? A partner? Do you enjoy painting? You must always make room for the things in life that make you happy. If you don’t know what that is yet, make it a challenge to try something new each week and then decide what you enjoy the most!

Sleep more

Although many clients like to get an early start with their fitness routine, you don’t want to work late and start early. If you must, make a rule regarding the latest time you are willing to meet with your clients to ensure you get a good night’s sleep.

If you struggle to sleep regardless, make sure you have some time in the day to work in a quick nap or even some resting time. Remember, if you can rest, you can provide a better service to your clients as you will be more focused and able to listen to them better.

Massages

As a PT, you will likely find yourself exercising more than the average Joe, which can, of course, be quite burdening to your muscles. To combat this, sport massages are essential for ensuring your muscles don’t tighten up too much.

Hot baths

At the same time, hot baths are also ideal for relaxing muscles. If you’re not the type of person to sit still for half an hour while the water works its magic, try distracting yourself with Netflix, some music or even ASMR (just make sure it doesn’t send you so sleep).

Journal

No matter how much you love this career path you have chosen, every job comes with its frustrations. Writing about what’s on your mind and what makes you happy is great for relieving stress and taking the weight from your shoulders.

Recovery time

Aside from getting plenty of sleep, you need to take days off to truly take care of yourself. Don’t allow work to take over your life, give yourself 2 days off a week if your client schedule is busy. Just as you would with getting plenty of sleep, days off allow you to switch off from the day job and provide a better service when you return.

Up to date training

If your qualifications are outdated, you will struggle to provide your clients with a high-quality service, which can be quite stressful when competitors are always around, ready to swoop in when you’re not looking. With a range of courses from Fit2Train, your clients will be more than happy to stick around, meaning you needn’t worry about the competition. Email us at info@fit2train.co.uk to learn more about our courses available from entry-level two up-to advanced level four.

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