It gets spoken about quite a lot that Personal Trainers have a pretty bad name. We scream, we charge too much and we expect way too much from our clients. With that mindset comes a tendency to treat trainers poorly, because let’s face it, “they’re only a Personal Trainer” right?
In our three years as a PT, we’ve had so many great clients, built a great relationship with them and had even better results with them but then there’s the other side of the coin. Clients that don’t show up, clients that don’t pay and clients who think the best way to part ways is to ignore the trainers request to communicate. It’s important to remember that we’re trying to make a living, we’re people just like you and therefore have feelings. I personally became a PT to help people improve their quality of life and to do that I need to be invested in not only their sessions but also their life. Knowing what makes them tick, knowing why they’re a little lethargic today but also being there to celebrate fitness and lifestyle milestones allows us to build a connection/ friendship that will get the most out of their sessions and them a person to talk to other than family about stresses in their lives.
Just like in most professions, you have both the good and the bad. Walking in expecting bad and treating us as though we’re all the same is quite demoralising. So next time you book a session with a PT or the next time you decide to stop, treat them as you would expect to be treated. We can’t guarantee they won’t be disappointed if you decide to leave, but they’ll appreciate the effort you’ve made to make the transition as easy as possible and it won’t make for any awkward encounters in the street down the track.
We hope that this has given you a different perspective on what it’s like to be a trainer and hope that if you’re guilty of any of the above, you tackle the situation a little differently next time.
If you are looking for a mutually respectful personal trainer, contact Push Your Limits to get started.