Anyone can become exhausted. What is so poignant about burnout is that it mainly strikes people who are highly committed to their work: you can only “burn out” if you have been “alight” in the first place.
When you are burnt out, your productivity can drop dramatically, and this not only impacts your career, but it negatively impacts your team and organization as well. Your creativity will also be affected, so you’re less likely to spot opportunities, and you may find excuses to miss work or take days off sick.
Being a personal trainer can be hard. Even though fitness is a career cultivated from passion. In an industry that focuses on prevention, we even need to prevent the death of our own career.
The reality though, even with all the perks and the awesomeness of getting to change a life, being a Personal Trainer is very demanding on your mind, body, and soul.
Here are 5 strategies for avoiding trainer burnout.
Set Your own Schedule and STICK TO IT!
If you know that you can only train for 4-5 hours per day without feeling drained, do not offer more than that. A good rule of thumb is no more than 30 hours per week of training.
Leverage Your Time
If you train less, you make less right? No, if you train groups or small groups, you can make more money and plus it’s more enjoyable for you. Figure out a way to help more people with the time you have.
Learn how to teach group exercise classes in a variety of formats.
Continue to Learn
There is always something exciting about going to a conference or earning a new certification and applying that new knowledge of how you train your clients. This also helps you hit the reset button.
Our programs are open to anyone with a desire to learn and help others. There are no prerequisites.
Get back to “YOU” time.
Make time for the things that you enjoy. Go on a vacation or trip! At the end of the day if you are not making time for yourself then you will not only get burnt out but also make yourself miserable. Every day try to do something for you even if its just 15 minutes.
Commit to Your Own Workout Program.
Practice what you preach! No one wants to train with a trainer who says do this, but does not do it themselves. One of the reasons most trainers get started is because of their own passion for exercise.
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