New graduates holding some form of sports certification typically hunger to become prized, elite strength coaches – “to the Dream Team”… to the “Bodybuilding supermen/women”… to the “UFC cage stars”. Fame and glory.
In the end, some will. But most won’t.
Take heart though, because I know for certain that an experienced Personal Trainer can be far more knowledgeable than most strength coaches every become.
An elite strength coach typically works about 8+ hours each week with one or more genetically gifted, young individuals who often train and practice full time for one specialized activity. No other job. No other responsibilities.
On the other hand, a Personal Trainer may only get 2-3 hours per week with men and women of various sizes, various ages and various fitness levels. Most are “athletically challenged”, and most have a full time job, competing priorities, and a host of other stresses in their lives.
Getting these people to the results they seek requires MORE ability. MORE understanding. MORE adaptation. MORE empathy. MORE inspiration. MORE knowledge.
And believe me, when that client – the normal, everyday, on-the-go, what’s-for-dinner, late-for-work - guy or gal finally exceeds their fitness goal and starts to believe in themselves and their small corner of a fit & healthy world again, it will knock your socks off.
It will provide you with a much longer-lasting feeling of personal accomplishment than any winning sports team or any individual athlete ever will.
Mark my words.