…and it begins! After months of being on the road with our film, enjoying weddings and family holidays, survivor kayaking trips and a sailing expedition, we are finally landed in Calgary. [Why does it feel like I type a similar sentence every few months?] We are excited to be grounded here again, to get back in the routine of some semblance of daily life habits, and to be working again. Mikey’s already gone back to work with a new job that began in August, and after hearing that a possible job opportunity I had fell through just last week, I’m now clear in my direction for work: it’s back to the personal training grind for me! It’s not much of a grind though – I love helping others get fit and focus on altering their choices to help change their lifestyle habits for the better. I recently received a comment and question from Michelle about personal training thought it might be fun to offer some thoughts on personal training from my own experiences. I’ve worked in a gym setting (for a year) and on my own (for two years) and have experienced the pros and cons that each offer. From a trainer’s perspective then…
Benefits of a Gym:
- Learn around others. There’s a great wealth of knowledge, information, and motivation that comes from being in a gym setting with other trainers and with the workshops offered periodically. Take advantage of this!
- Insurance is covered. No need to seek it on your own; most gyms will cover you.
- Access to varied types of equipment and fitness classes.
- It’s a community! And it’s so good to actively engage in a community with other members and professionals alike.
Benefits of Being on Your Own:
- Easier to set your own schedule. There are less “extra” commitments like work meetings or events and because it’s just you and your own time you can form it as you like more easily than in a gym setting.
- Clients pay no gym fees, so you can make your prices lower and you receive all the profits rather than a cut of their payments that usually go to your gym. (Of course, this money comes out of your gas and car wear and tear, but that’s another point.)
- Deeper one-on-one connections with clients since it’s just you and them! You really get the chance to get to know your clients on a different level when working with them in their own homes, and I love that!
- More flexibility. I’m able to craft my own workouts without the pressure of making sales and reaching funding goals, which was never my forte anyway. I love creating programs for people based on where they’re at and emphasizing full-body workouts using unique pieces of equipment and bodyweight exercises. I also have the flexibility to travel and attend conferences and retreats with Mikey for his work that I’ve also become involved in without running it by anyone or feeling guilt over leaving.
Those are a few of the positives on either end, and there are always cons to every pro, but I’ll choose to leave it on the positives for now. Truth be told, even with some negative things, not many people can say they love their jobs, but there are several things I appreciate about mine:
- Motivating others – I love this part of my work! I think I’m an encourager by nature and I have a blast rooting others on and seeing change in their lives.
- People, people, people! – Being a personal trainer is people interaction 101; I’m always learning new things about people, especially as I train others in their own space at their home, and I appreciate them letting me into their lives and letting me in on their story.
- Passions –> Work – If you know me, you know I could talk about fitness all day long. I love exploring new moves, checking out different programs, and combining knowledge with movement to give people good workouts. My job is wrapped up in something I’m already passionate about, which helps when I have to arrive on someone’s door step, rain or shine (or most likely snow here!).
There are some things I’m not super excited about, though, and struggle with work-wise like everyone else does with their jobs. Some of the things that are hard to get back in the groove of after time off work?
- Early wake-ups – This isn’t so bad once I get into a routine, but I’ve noticed that I was able to get up easily while we were on the film tour, but since then it’s like my body’s been in recovery mode. I set my alarm for 7 am every day (for no *real* reason at this point) and just cannot get my body moving. I don’t know how I used to run so early; it seems my whole body isn’t awake until about 9 am! I’m trying to get my body going (I actually love mornings) and hope to change this by working soon!
- Always “on” – With this job, as with others that are people-based, if I’m having a “bad” day or not feeling particularly cheerful, the people I’m training feel that and suffer from it. It’s a role where I need to be “on” regardless of how I’m feeling – not to the extent that I’m “faking it” (I like to be real and honest with my clients) but there are times when I need to put myself aside and put on a smile. This makes for tiring days even without many clients, but at least it’s a rewarding kind of tiredness.
- Driving Ms. Bonnie – Because Calgary is so spread out, I end up driving around town a lot for the amount of time I’m training. This has caused some wear and tear on our car that’s broken it down much faster than we first anticipated, and I’ve had to take my prices into account with that in mind this time around.
Just another car shot.
Tell me, what makes it hard to get up & go to work every day for you? What do you love about your job?
Off to work on my client bass and to fit in a workout – maybe a run? Maybe some weights? Gotta stay strong!
Live well & be well,
*Also, anyone in the Calgary area, I’m training again and would love to meet with you for a consultation! Please send me an email and check out my Personal Training page if you’re interested for more details. *