What is it like being a Personal Trainer?

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SnakeMan86

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Why is it stressful?

To gain as many clients as possible, or the pressure clients are placing upon you as a PT?
Can be a bit of both.
I've just had a new client for example. Lady who is 180KGs.......

When i had my initial chat with her she was talking about the past trainers she'd had, from another local gym, how they weren't up to scratch, didn't know what they were talking about etc, saw my profile and asked for me specifically....

I've started training her, she only wants to really powerlift, has a range of injuries.... after 2 weeks refuses to fill out a food diary or log her eating into myfitness pal as she "doesn't have the time..."

On the days she does.... theres days of 5/6 mother drinks per day or lattes, a jumbo bag of red frogs, all you can eats... etc

She only lost 2 kgs in 5 weeks... At that weight, a basic diet clean would have had weight fall off.
Clients like that are stressful, unless you're happy just collecting the extra coin. Then when i tell her its not really working for us or she decides to see someone else, i'll probably get hit with the same bad talk to the next trainer stuck with her as she has with past ones.
 

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Can be a bit of both.
I've just had a new client for example. Lady who is 180KGs.......

When i had my initial chat with her she was talking about the past trainers she'd had, from another local gym, how they weren't up to scratch, didn't know what they were talking about etc, saw my profile and asked for me specifically....

I've started training her, she only wants to really powerlift, has a range of injuries.... after 2 weeks refuses to fill out a food diary or log her eating into myfitness pal as she "doesn't have the time..."

On the days she does.... theres days of 5/6 mother drinks per day or lattes, a jumbo bag of red frogs, all you can eats... etc

She only lost 2 kgs in 5 weeks... At that weight, a basic diet clean would have had weight fall off.
Clients like that are stressful, unless you're happy just collecting the extra coin. Then when i tell her its not really working for us or she decides to see someone else, i'll probably get hit with the same bad talk to the next trainer stuck with her as she has with past ones.
Wow yeah at that weight, it should be coming off easy.

Obviously she's a sweet tooth- and just refuses to cut back. Like im no expert at all, but thats the approach i'd be taking- cut back on that stuff bit by bit. Aint no way i could go cold turkey off my chocolate and stuff.

She just needs to understand that it'd take longer, and also- you cannot out train what you eat.
 

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I once saw one of those extreme weight loss shows- this woman or man- cant remember- was addicted to coke.

Like- 5L a day of coke or some sh*t. They made them pour it all down the drain.

IIRC it didnt work, they were too addicted.
 

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Wow yeah at that weight, it should be coming off easy.

Obviously she's a sweet tooth- and just refuses to cut back. Like im no expert at all, but thats the approach i'd be taking- cut back on that stuff bit by bit. Aint no way i could go cold turkey off my chocolate and stuff.

She just needs to understand that it'd take longer, and also- you cannot out train what you eat.
Oh for sure. At that weight theres obviously addiction issues.But when i quizzed her on the whole bag of lollies, she was like.. i needed a sugar and energy hit...
1. So you ate a whole jumbo bag? lol
2. What person, who drinks 6/7 energy drinks/coffees "needs" such a energy hit.
 

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Oh for sure. At that weight theres obviously addiction issues.But when i quizzed her on the whole bag of lollies, she was like.. i needed a sugar and energy hit...
1. So you ate a whole jumbo bag? lol
2. What person, who drinks 6/7 energy drinks/coffees "needs" such a energy hit.
I've had a sip of red bull. Never again- that was enough, disgusting stuff. Coffee- usually its 1 a day. But sometimes can be none, sometimes 2/3.

Oh man the lollies.... back when I was depressed this year- my Sunday breakfast tradition (and sometimes Monday...)- was a whole bag of strawberry and cream lollies. I almost feel sick thinking about that now. I still like them, just eat a few at a time now.
 

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I've had a sip of red bull. Never again- that was enough, disgusting stuff. Coffee- usually its 1 a day. But sometimes can be none, sometimes 2/3.

Oh man the lollies.... back when I was depressed this year- my Sunday breakfast tradition (and sometimes Monday...)- was a whole bag of strawberry and cream lollies. I almost feel sick thinking about that now. I still like them, just eat a few at a time now.
Yeah Rona brought back my love for Darrel lea white choc Raspberry bullets... easy a bag of those with a crap movie when i was feeling lockdown depressed/alone.

Yeah im a caffeine addict. I have to be with 5am wake ups lol. Cant do energy drinks either... well thats a lie, i am partial to a skittle bomb when im having a few drinks :tearsofjoy:
 

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Re. Corona and lockdown. I was srsly shocked at how little weight i put on. I mean i put on some for sure (cant zip up any dresses atm- but everything else is fine)- but i was doing 0 exercise (just the occasional walk when my mum dragged me out of the house). And eating sh*t.


Am really lucky most of my clothes still fit.

Anyway, will be back into it next week, once i get home from holidays.
 

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Ive seen a couple of PTs that are fat.

Im like "really?"

Same with doctors.

Surely you are trying to practise what u preach.
I was 'Fat' when i first started.. i was going through bad stress and depression when i was studying and stacked the weight on. You never know what's going on with someone's home life.
Like Shell said, medical conditions as well. One of our trainers is one of the smartest trainers i've ever met, but has broken out with chronic hives and had them on and off for months, and the anti-histamines she's been prescribed have caused her to put on weight no matter what she does
 

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Re. Corona and lockdown. I was srsly shocked at how little weight i put on. I mean i put on some for sure (cant zip up any dresses atm- but everything else is fine)- but i was doing 0 exercise (just the occasional walk when my mum dragged me out of the house). And eating sh*t.


Am really lucky most of my clothes still fit.

Anyway, will be back into it next week, once i get home from holidays.
I lost 7kgs during lockdown and was devastated.... But when i try to explain how sad i am about it to my work bestie she punches me and tells me to get farked :tearsofjoy: :tearsofjoy: :tearsofjoy:
 

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I was 'Fat' when i first started.. i was going through bad stress and depression when i was studying and stacked the weight on. You never know what's going on with someone's home life.
Like Shell said, medical conditions as well. One of our trainers is one of the smartest trainers i've ever met, but has broken out with chronic hives and had them on and off for months, and the anti-histamines she's been prescribed have caused her to put on weight no matter what she does
Oh man hives... i know them. I think im allergic to coedine- i cannot take cold and flu tablets. They make me break out into hives and make me feel so ill. Like ill on top of ill. Poor woman.
 

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Can be a bit of both.
I've just had a new client for example. Lady who is 180KGs.......

When i had my initial chat with her she was talking about the past trainers she'd had, from another local gym, how they weren't up to scratch, didn't know what they were talking about etc, saw my profile and asked for me specifically....

I've started training her, she only wants to really powerlift, has a range of injuries.... after 2 weeks refuses to fill out a food diary or log her eating into myfitness pal as she "doesn't have the time..."

On the days she does.... theres days of 5/6 mother drinks per day or lattes, a jumbo bag of red frogs, all you can eats... etc

She only lost 2 kgs in 5 weeks... At that weight, a basic diet clean would have had weight fall off.
Clients like that are stressful, unless you're happy just collecting the extra coin. Then when i tell her its not really working for us or she decides to see someone else, i'll probably get hit with the same bad talk to the next trainer stuck with her as she has with past ones.
These type of clients are never worth your time.
I had one (as a myo) who preceded the appointment with “I hope you’re not going to give me exercises to do because I’m not going to do them”.
Said to them if that was the case we’d be better off stopping now and not wasting each other’s time then sent them on their way.
Their look of shock/surprise was pretty funny.

A pretty well known physio clinic a couple of my lecturers work(ed) at even go so far as to make their clients sign a contract saying they’ll do their home rehab or the clinic will terminate their professional relationship.
I suspect it’s more of a huff and puff thing but at least it lets people know what’s expected of them.
 

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These type of clients are never worth your time.
I had one (as a myo) who preceded the appointment with “I hope you’re not going to give me exercises to do because I’m not going to do them”.
Said to them if that was the case we’d be better off stopping now and not wasting each other’s time then sent them on their way.
Their look of shock/surprise was pretty funny.

A pretty well known physio clinic a couple of my lecturers work(ed) at even go so far as to make their clients sign a contract saying they’ll do their home rehab or the clinic will terminate their professional relationship.
I suspect it’s more of a huff and puff thing but at least it lets people know what’s expected of them.
Yeah I should have gone with my gut straight away, I had vibes she was going to be like this.
I like the contract with the Physio lol, god knows the amount of rehab PT clients i've had stop, or had to stop myself because there recovery wasn't quick enough for them... even though they couldn't be bothered, or kept "Forgetting" to do there stretches, core work or mobility stuff at home, or water exercises
 

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These type of clients are never worth your time.
I had one (as a myo) who preceded the appointment with “I hope you’re not going to give me exercises to do because I’m not going to do them”.
Said to them if that was the case we’d be better off stopping now and not wasting each other’s time then sent them on their way.
Their look of shock/surprise was pretty funny.

A pretty well known physio clinic a couple of my lecturers work(ed) at even go so far as to make their clients sign a contract saying they’ll do their home rehab or the clinic will terminate their professional relationship.
I suspect it’s more of a huff and puff thing but at least it lets people know what’s expected of them.
I do Chiro specifically because i wont do the physio rehab.

If both parties are honest you can make a decision about the viability.

My chiro knows i come in every 6-8 weeks for a 15 minute crack. Mix that in with a massage every 6-8 weeks and i see it as body maintenance.

Years of physio, even doing the exercises, didnt heal me and its just not feasible to do the stuff thats set sometimes.
 

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