“How committed are you?”
I was asked this question today by a prospective client (who went on to demonstrate his commitment by putting his name down for weekly sessions.)
Usually, I’m the one asking that question. (“How committed are you to this? How much do you want it? What changes are you willing to make? How much time can you give me?”) The people who know me don’t even need to ask the question. My commitment is evident in all my action, in my own goals, in my sessions, in my own training, in my kitchen, in the way I structure my time. But a new client doesn’t know me from Eve. All he has to go on are some less-than-satisfactory experiences with some less-than-professional trainers.
This particular client went on the explain his question by telling me about other PT’s he had met or heard of who would turn up to sessions late or hungover, or cancel at the last moment. Wow! Some people really don’t deserve their qualifications!
It got me thinking though. There are people who bring personal training and the fitness industry as a whole into disrepute. They fall for the hype of training organisations who market a career in fitness as being a chance to be paid $60 per hour to keep fit and have fun. These trainers usually lack the discipline, entrepreneurial mindset, athletic lifestyle and technical skill to be good role models or trainers. Being a personal trainer is not just about showing up and telling clients what to do. It’s about being practising what you preach, being a walking endorsement for what you do.
To add to this problem, there are some people who think that you don’t need a qualification at all. While there are some brilliant coaches out there without formal personal training qualifications, the system of qualification and accreditation is there for a reason. It helps to foster growth in the industry, to encourage continuing education amongst trainers, and it sets standards regarding scope of practice and duty of care. Ultimately, it promotes professionalism in the industry and ensures the safety of clients. It pays to check that your trainer is both qualified and registered to work as a personal trainer.
Anyway, for all the people who don’t know me, here’s a little information about myself, which should help you to ascertain whether or not I’ll be a committed trainer to you.