Personal Training is a Privilege



As trainers, we are given a great privilege and responsibility in the lives of those people who come to us for training. The best trainers know this and are always the ones with full schedules.

New trainees come to us with implicit trust in the information and techniques we propose to them. It is our job to give them the best of what we have if we expect to receive their best efforts and following.

The floors of current mega-gyms are littered with overweight, out-of-shape, irresponsible and ill-informed wanna-bes who not only don’t walk the talk, but don’t know the walk. They are often inattentive, rude, vulgar and a disgrace to those of us truly vested in helping people become safer, smarter, healthier athletes. And a negative influence toward our efforts.


We are not only teaching/coaching/training the one client that stands in front of us; we are training their spouses, friends, children, parents and anyone else whose lives they may touch as a result of the insights or accomplishments you’ve given them.

As trainers, we are also nutritionists, cheerleaders, counselors, doctors, confidantes, and more. They come to us to train and see physical results; but they also come for friendship, companionship, a sounding board, a place of refuge and a place of stability in their challenging world. They don’t want to hear your problems or excuses. They idolize you as an ideal, with the body and disciplines they aspire to. You are paid for your knowledge and support. Do not let them down.


The days are long, the frustrations sometimes more frequent than the rewards; and at times, trainers are as resistant to see their clients as the client’s are to see them. When the trainer is unmotivated, where exactly does that leave the client? When both look forward to the appointments with equal enthusiasm, we all know the magic that happens. We must be creative, knowledgeable, informed, and convincing salespeople who can impart a vision built on the sparse framework of the “idea” of what someone actually wants.

Many people say they’d like like to be trainers, think they can be trainers, sometimes despise us for being trainers, and just as in all walks of life, when those who can’t, become critics. The few who recognize our contributions and merit for teaching those who can’t or won’t, succeed by motivating with a ripple effect; until the lives we touch, touch two more in return, and the goodness we can impart, spreads.


Keep these things in mind as people come to you for training. It is an honor to serve in this way, as we do what we love. We give to humanity on a daily basis. Complain quietly, but give loudly; because if you don’t do the job of taking care of your people, they will find someone who will. Train them compassionately, with an open mind and open heart. Gain trust by giving trust that both of you will achieve the stated goals. See in them what they can’t see in themselves. Hold to their vision, not with your own ego, but with your understanding for their cause. Give, in order to receive.