It’s a fact: A fitness cert doesn't mean we know everything. Passing a personal training certification test only means that we have passed the minimum requirements needed to be a personal trainer. Because of this, I want to help you. I want you tell you some of the things I've learned over the years – and I want to know about stuff that you learned AFTER you became certified. For example :
- What exercise tricks of the trade did you learn after being certified?
- What marketing skills have you learned?
- How do you get clients?
- What business mistakes have you made?
- Group fitness instructors: what have you learned?
- Boot camp instructors: what have you learned?
- Massage therapists: what have you learned?
Anything you have learned after getting certified good stuff to talk about. I want people to have a place to learn and grow from fitness trainers. This will make your certification more complete and save you time.
I also want to hear from:
- Zumba instructors
- Fitness center front desk staff
- Health club day care center staff
- Kettle ball class instructors
Let me get the ball rolling by sharing some what I learned AFTER I was certified.
1. After I got my degree in chemistry and biology I thought I knew about exercise science. I was very wrong! My degree helped me understand how the body worked. But I didn’t understand how to apply that knowledge the real world until I got into grad school. Grad school for exercise science was very different – very real world. It was there that I finally put 2 and 2 together.
2. Nobody ever told me about exertional rhabdomyolysis, the destruction of muscle from too much exercise. This topic was not covered in the NSCA certifications I obtained – or in college. I bet that 99% of personal trainers have never heard of rhabdomyolysis. Because of this I make it a point to tell everybody about it.
3. You can't sell fitness or health unless you know the its benefits. Many personal trainers are not taught this in their certifications. Most health and fitness certifications focus on just on exercise science. This is good but all the knowledge in the world won't help if you can't convince someone to hire you or buy your product.
Companies use this this all the time. Just watch TV commercials and you'll see. For example:
- Alarm companies sell fear – fear that somebody will break into your house.
- Axe deodorant soap sells sex. They want you think girls will tear your clothes off if you use it.
- Car companies sell status and sex. This is why pretty girls are often used in car commercials.
For the record sex and fear are the biggest things used to motivate people.
For more on this here is my simple way to get more health club members
4. People who have a lower than average RHR, who don't exercise are probably taking medications to control high blood pressure. If you have my book Personal Fitness Training Beyond The Basics you've read my story about how I learned this life lesson the hard way.
5. There is nothing healthy about working in a health club. You work long hours and often neglect yourself. Many trainers eat on the go – sometimes not as well as they should – and others work from 5Am to 10PM. Yes, you often get a free gym membership but if you're a popular trainer you may not get to use it because your days are taken up helping others. I'm not disparaging the gym environment but those who get into the field should take steps to be good to themselves – so they can keep helping others.
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Now it's your turn. What did you learn AFTER you were certified?