Feeling like you are stuck in a rut?
It’s easy to fall into this trap of tedium and mediocrity– even as trainer or coach. In the beginning, you are excited about starting to help people reach their goals and change their lives. But after some time, you may fall into a routine, and then one day you wake up and feel like you’re sleepwalking through each day.
We promise — this happens to all of us. It doesn’t mean its time to trade your gym clothes for shirt and slacks. In fact, you can easily turn these negative feelings into positive and exciting
REALIZE YOUR POWER
The first step is to take responsibility for your own moods and emotional states. Recognize that your mindset and your feelings start and end with you. Sure, outside factors can influence your life and mental state. However, when all is said and done, you have a lot of power when it comes to determining your own emotions and your outlook.
ESTABLISH A POSITIVE MORNING ROUTINE
The way you begin your day matters a great deal. The mindset and approach that you establish right out of the gate will stick with you. So be sure to set up your mornings in a way that makes you feel healthy, happy and motivated. When you head to your next client with an enthusiastic mood, you’ll be much more likely to maintain that excitement throughout the day.
ADD A NEW ELEMENT TO YOUR OFFERINGS
Working with the same clients on the exact same goals, with the same program day in and day out can become incredibly tedious and uninspiring. If you are feeling lack luster about your client’s and your program it may be time to add some new knowledge and skill set to your repertire. If you can learn some new techniques you will be able to refresh your program and offerings. For example, a trainer who needs to refresh the interest can stretch their skillset with a Sport Yoga course. Want to tap into the growing popularity of HIIT? Enroll in the Metabolic Conditioning Coach Course. Maybe you can expand your coaching menu to include overall wellness? Try a crash course in health and wellness. This will bring in new clients with new goals, and you will start to feel reinvigorated about the new challenges and the opportunities to make use of your new skills and credentials.
Click here to learn more about new certifications you can add to your repertoire.
REMEMBER WHY YOU STARTED
Think back on what made you choose this profession in the first place. What made you feel excited when you first started? It’s likely that you still feel the same way you did at first, it’s just that you’ve grown used to these aspects of your job. So dust off those cobwebs and make an effort to appreciate what you enjoy about training. You may also want to consider mentoring someone who’s new to the fitness and training industry. This can be a great way to refresh your enthusiasm and remind you why you originally fell in love with personal training.
The countdown is on for the busiest fitness season of the year. Use these strategies to make sure you’re doing everything possible to make it the most successful year yet.
That’s it for now.
NESTA | Spencer Institute