Don’t be a statistic, use these Personal Trainer Tips to avoid burnout!
Every day I get up in the morning I thank God for my great career as a personal trainer. I get to go to a place where people go to relieve stress instead of making it. Some of my friends think I have a great job mostly because I get to wear gym shorts all day.
But, there are more great things to a career in fitness other than gym shorts…
- A flexible schedule
- Busy times are during the workweek
- Work with great clients that become friends
- Flexible dress code…like gym shorts and sneakers!
When I became a personal trainer these were all great things to consider! However, after a few years I realized that there are some parts of the job that can wreck your whole existence.
The Unexpected Life of a Trainer
As great as it is to have a flexible schedule, relaxed dress code, and a great work environment, there are some things you never think about when becoming a personal trainer.
Although you have flexible hours, you also have a crazy schedule! You may have your first session at 6 am and leave your last client of the day at 8 pm. Then rinse and repeat for a week! After a while, it can get to you if you don’t get control of your schedule.
And let’s not sugar coat the “set your own schedule” part of the job. You don’t set your schedule, your clients do. However, there are ways to effectively manage your schedule that I will get to in a minute.
In addition to that crazy schedule, don’t forget about the calorie burn. The good news is that you don’t have a desk job, the bad news is that your active job is on Crack!
When I worked in the corporate gym, my fit bit would sometimes track 24k steps a day. And that means that you need to fuel you calorie burn to keep up with your training and workout schedule.
Not to mention, that you are lugging weights around all day to assist your clients. And that adds up!
So make sure you are fueling your body to account for your busy schedule and know that a mid-day siesta is ok for recovery!
Personal Trainer Tips to Avoid Burnout – 2 easy steps!
Now that we have covered the good and bad, we can all agree that the good completely outweighs the bad. But still, personal trainer burnout is high and it shows in the high turnover rate.
If you want to stay in the game for the long haul, use these two tips…
1 Control Your Schedule
Avoid personal trainer burnout and control your schedule. Don’t let it control you!
My first hard schedule lesson was in the beginning of my fitness career. I had an open schedule and I was eager to get new clients. I would tell people they can come in whenever they wanted because I was available. Big Mistake!
I ended up scheduling a 6 hour day in 12 hours. And my day was train an hour, off an hour, train an hour, off an hour…
It was the longest and most exhaughsting day ever!
The best way to cure your schedule madness and avoid personal trainer burnout is to figure out what works best for you. I found that training 3 sessions in a row and 6 in a day is my perfect Zen.
Once I figured that out, I had was in Personal Trainer Heaven!
Train in blocks:
7-10 am and 4:30-7:30 pm
I do this 5 days a week and add a 11-1 block 3 days a week
It works out like this most of the time with a few exceptions. Now instead of cranking out the sessions and drinking energy drinks like they are water, I am laser focused when I am training and have time to recharge for my next session block.
2 Take Time Off
Taking time off is essential to your longevity and avoiding personal trainer burnout! In the beginning I didn’t want to take time off for longer than a long weekend because I was building my business.
Then I had clients asking me if I ever took a vacation. And it was in that moment that I realized as much as I needed a vacation, they needed a vacation from me!
Personally, I don’t work weekends. I do this because it works best for my family, and gives me time to recharge.
Also, try not to overdo it! I worked with a trainer that was working 6 and 7 days a week and training 7 sessions in a row on his weekend days. He was happy because his profits were up, but his energy was starting to slow and his clients started to notice.
Soon his sessions were cut in half and his personal trainer burnout was in high gear!
And that is when its time to Take A Vacation!
This will benefit you in a couple of ways…
- Your clients will see the value in your service when they have to workout on their own for a week
- They will be just as ready to start up again as you are
It’s a win win!
Resetting and Recharging
Setting up your schedule in blocks and taking time off will do wonders for you and help you avoid personal trainer burnout! Use these Personal Trainer Tips when start a career in fitness, and you will be more likely to stay in for the long haul!
If you try to burn your candle at both ends, eventually you will fail and be back working in a job you don’t love.