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Things no one tells you before you become a personal trainer

July 1, 2019

When it comes to pursuing a career in personal training, there are many things to expect. However, there are some things you may completely overlook, which can come as quite a shock later on. Here are some things no one tells you before you become a personal trainer.

You may get less healthy

Most people who want to become personal trainers are either fitness buffs or former school athletes who want to pursue a career in helping others get in shape. This journey often begins as working as a gym instructor, which means they will likely do long shifts and use the facilities as much as they wish.

However, this can often be nothing more than a honeymoon period that comes to an abrupt halt once they move on to become personal trainers. PTs are often self-employed and put their personal clients first. This will make them incredibly busy throughout the day, creating programs, meal plans and, of course, instructing sessions. This results in a lot more work and a lot more tiredness, which can make it too easy to grab simple meals that are usually less healthy. The trick is to keep your eye on the ball and make time to focus on yourself. After all, you will do a much better job if you’re feeling 100 per cent.

You may develop a BIG love of coffee

Depending on the type of service you offer, you may find yourself working extremely early shifts. This can make coffee seem extremely tempting! And you may be thinking, “well, it’s only one” think carefully about quickly that one cup can snowball into 3-4 a day. As we have said, the life of a PT is extremely busy, so you may find yourself aching for another boost of energy throughout the day.

It’s best to start your day with water instead. Or, even better, try lemon water. There is a lot of information online that explains why lemon water is better than coffee, but here’s just one that we think will convince you.

Your presence makes others feel guilty

It’s a common assumption that those who work as PTs must never enjoy a slice of cake. This is why you may notice people around you commenting on how unhealthy their food choices are. It’s a very bizarre thing for them to do, but by having them know your job, they unknowingly become overly aware of their diet. Strange!

You’ll develop a superhuman perception of time

Sessions usually involve you counting many timed reps and circuits. When you have done this often enough, it becomes second nature and you will rarely rely on the stopwatch. You’ll be shocked to see how accurate you become.

You will also learn exactly how much time you have to grab lunch; any toilet breaks you may get and other small elements that you may not originally take into account.

You’ll never look at holidays the same way again

The difference between being self-employed and employed is that there is no one to cover you when you go on holiday. It also means you won’t receive any holiday pay if you do choose to take time off. However, don’t let this be the reason to stop you from pursuing a freelance career. If you build the right clientele, you will likely earn a bit more as a freelancer, which will mean booking holidays won’t be as much trouble as you’d expect.

You’ll develop a unique friendship with your clients

Though we always say not to get too close with your clients, you cannot stop a friendship from forming. The more you meet with a client, the more you learn about them and the more they learn about you. After all, you will need to know certain things about their life to help create a personalised service. And there is much more to working as a PT than giving out fitness advice. Sometimes your clients will need you for moral support, especially when times get tough.

Be ready for anything in your PT career with the best training from Fit2Train

With so many things to think about, ensuring you have the qualifications you need first will allow you more time to look at the details. With a range of courses from Fit2Train, you can relax knowing you can give your clients the best service possible. To find out more, email us at

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