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5/31/13 4:46 PM
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JFC1001
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I have decided to drop the job that I hate and start a career in personal training. This is the only thing that I have ever been interested in. I'm fit (relatively intelligent) and have a good sound knowledge of weights, fitness and nutrition.

I would love to hear from some personal trainers here about some pointers and what I should be expecting. Phone Post 3.0
5/31/13 7:48 PM
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Shanle929
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Dial in your sales skills.
Never stop learning
Have a solid niche
I've trained a lot of people getting ready for bootcamps and academy training. My niche. But still helped people losing weight etc. Phone Post 3.0
5/31/13 9:00 PM
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Great input from Shanle929,

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6/1/13 2:13 PM
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Taku -

Great input from Shanle929,

TAKU

Thank you Phone Post 3.0
6/2/13 8:59 AM
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Plenty of info here:
http://www.starting-a-personal-training-business.com/
6/3/13 12:09 AM
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Do you want to work in a gym, do bootcamps, work with athletes, do home visits for older people?

6/3/13 4:45 AM
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In lucky that I have worked with a great personal trainer for years. I'm planning on specializing in kettlebells and body weight exercises as this is two areas I'm very knowledgable in.

My gym that I used is large and has boot camps and hardcore group "crossfit" style classes. Money is not a pressing issue so I'm hoping to build myself up over the next few years.

Any advice would be welcome. Phone Post 3.0
6/3/13 7:32 AM
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Treat every client like they are your only client. Know what is going on in their lives (family, sports teams, hobbies) and more importantly know what their biggest need is (sometimes they really dont). If you have a guy that wants to lose weight but has a bad knee, dont just work around it. Help him lose weight while also incorporating rehab work on the knee. If you can help releive someones pain, you will be have a client (and reference) for life.
6/3/13 8:33 AM
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LiftStrong - Treat every client like they are your only client. Know what is going on in their lives (family, sports teams, hobbies) and more importantly know what their biggest need is (sometimes they really dont). If you have a guy that wants to lose weight but has a bad knee, dont just work around it. Help him lose weight while also incorporating rehab work on the knee. If you can help releive someones pain, you will be have a client (and reference) for life.
Very good advice, just make sure you know how to rehabilitate injuries properly. Which should go without saying, but I've seen some stuff that I shouldn't. Phone Post 3.0
6/3/13 8:35 AM
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JFC1001 - In lucky that I have worked with a great personal trainer for years. I'm planning on specializing in kettlebells and body weight exercises as this is two areas I'm very knowledgable in.

My gym that I used is large and has boot camps and hardcore group "crossfit" style classes. Money is not a pressing issue so I'm hoping to build myself up over the next few years.

Any advice would be welcome. Phone Post 3.0
Like those two ways of training but don't rule out the great benefits of heavy barbell stuff too. Everything has their place in your "tool box" Phone Post 3.0
6/4/13 5:09 AM
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Indeed. I do love compound exercises as well. There is a great deal to learn Phone Post 3.0
6/7/13 11:17 AM
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"Treat every client like they are your only client. Know what is going on in their lives (family, sports teams, hobbies) and more importantly know what their biggest need is (sometimes they really dont). If you have a guy that wants to lose weight but has a bad knee, dont just work around it. Help him lose weight while also incorporating rehab work on the knee. If you can help releive someones pain, you will be have a client (and reference) for life." <---this is great advice!

Also, although I agree it's important to have niche, you don't want to be the guy who only has a hammer in his tool box. I see young trainers in the gym who only use KB's or only use the TRX...Then they try and force every client into using those tools. What if they hate it? What if they just don't get it?

I see one guy making every single client (regardless of age, etc) do (or try to do) TGU's. Why? I saw another guy trying to make an extremely over-weight and de-conditioned woman do TRX push-ups...she actually fell down very hard on the ground. His reaction..."Don't worry you'll get it eventually".

Be flexible in your approach.

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6/7/13 12:19 PM
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Excellent advice guys thank you. Phone Post 3.0

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