-My Mistakes As A New Trainer-
I just started a thread over at the Super-Trainer Forums so the more experienced trainers could share stories of what they did wrong as young trainers, and the up-and-coming trainers could hopefully learn from our mistakes! If you click on the link, it will open the thread in a new window!
Here’s my list, which is by no means exhaustive!
1. Trained every client the same way, for the most part. I was big-time into bodybuilding/fitness competition-style training, and it’s all I really knew at the time. Machines and free weights.
2. I didn’t put much thought into programming (because I was in the mentality stated above, lol).
3. I wrote out workouts immediately before training a client.
4. I didn’t really emphasize flexibility/mobility training.
5. I dished out waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much personal info/gossip because I was self-conscious and not in a happy place in my life (to be perfectly honest).
6. If a client was a little late, I was a b*tch.
7. I was a b*tch anyway b/c I was starving & overtrained! 😦
8. I cared more about my own workouts than those of my clients.
9. I had tons of ideas but never put them into action b/c I was afraid.
10. I trusted the wrong people (ie a bad business deal that resulted in my “dream” being used and then torn to bits…fortunately I got out without having lots bukoos of money like the other investors did).
11. I was scared to death of new clients and would secretly hope they would have to cancel our first session! I’m serious! What’s crazy is that once a new client got started, everything was fine. Just the fear of the unknown combined with pressure I put on myself.
12. I didn’t maximize the opportunities I was given because I didn’t believe in myself. For example, one of my clients was diagnosed with breast cancer, underwent a mastectomy and removal of her lymph nodes. Years before this, she had a mild heart attack. She was diagnosed as pre-diabetic after the chemo and also had to deal with lymphedema. I trained this and another client at the same time, and they were friends, so they would chit-chat the entire time & I allowed them to lollygag. I do realize there’s a limit to what we as fitness professionals can do, BUT, I feel I could have done more and served as a better role model. Sad thing is that I was a horrible role model at the time, because I wasn’t healthy myself. 😦 Yes, i’m hard on myself!