I've always been told that hate is a strong word. It is, yet somehow you must admit, it is more catchy!
I should clarify that these aren't things that I absolutely despise about personal training but are more annoyances. To be clear, I enjoy what I do and can't imagine myself doing anything else outside the health and wellness industry. However, every job has it's pros and cons and this is no exception. So without further adieu, and in no particular order, here are 20 things I hate about being a personal trainer:
1. The homework. There's a lot more to it than just a one hour workout session. Everyday I am doing homework, researching to stay up to date, making programs, sending emails, answering texts and phone calls and more.
2. I have to take a shower everyday sometimes twice a day. Now don't judge me, but I used to take a shower every other day (which is actually not bad according to other sources!), but man can I be lazy. I don't mind it when I'm actually in there, but it's just another thing to add to my to do list. Which leads me to my next point...
5. I'm always feeling dirty and sweaty. I exercise all day so it's too be expected, but it just makes me super self conscious and a little gross but it's still worth it in the end.
6. Laundry. I'm always doing it and it drives me crazy. I mean who here actually likes folding clothes...? That's what I thought.
7. How frustrating it can be. I want to help people, that's my job, passion and desire every time I'm with a client. However, sometimes there's nothing I can do. For instance, I had a client with a serious drinking problem, another who rarely or never got her homework done no matter how many different approaches we tried, and one client who was such an emotional eater that he needed a counselor to help him.
8. People just see me as a personal trainer. This may be the one thing that I actually dislike. I'm more than a personal trainer. I don't just scream at someone like Jilian Michaels and push them for 1 hour and leave. My clients and I work as team, we discuss habit changes, discuss nutrition, their stress level, the quality of their sleep, their environment at home and at work. I can go on and on. Exercise itself is not enough (seriously, there's been studies on this) so why just look at a personal trainer as someone who only helps you with exercise and nothing else?
9. I'm always eating. I'm such a foodie so it's hard for me to say this, but at the same time always being hungry gets annoying. Due to me exercising all day, I'm constantly burning calories so I'm always having to eat something. I probably eat more than 8 times a day. I could have the biggest meals and after 2 clients I'm hungry again. Imagine all that meal prepping!
10. Long and weird hours. This isn't so much a problem for me anymore but I used to work really annoying hours. On some days I'd start at 5:30am and end at 10:30pm. Luckily this started to change the busier I got and was able to make my own schedule, but in the beginning this was something I hated. Don't believe those personal training job descriptions that promote short hours for high pay, there's always more to it.
11. The paper work. Every time I see a client I need to gather their information and get signed forms. Times that by 10 along with organizing those files and imprtant details and suddenly you have a crap ton of paper work. I guess I can't complain I'm sure my lawyer clients will beg to differ.
12. Inconsistency. If a client gets sick and can't train anymore, I don't get paid. It's as simple as that.
13. No benefits. No dental, physio, chiro, massage (the thing I need the most), etc.. Basically anything. There are personal training jobs out their that cover it but their hard to find and hard to get. Usually this is the case in corporate fitness companies or small studios. Luckily, I'm able to write this off as a business expense.
14. It's increasingly becoming harder for me to take care of myself. I would have never thought that I myself would need a personal trainer but sometimes that's what it feels like. My time and energy is going so much into my cleints that I forget about myself or don't put as much time as I should at times. I have to constantly remind myself and hold myself accountable to practice what I preach. I'm not perfect by any means.
15. My family is my hardest clientelle. I thought that once I became a trainer the people I would help the most would be my family. Luckily, my family eats relatively healthy, but they don't exercise nearly enough.
16. I can't help everyone. Just because you hire a personal trainer, it doesn't mean you're going to lose 20+ pounds. you still have to do the homework and have the drive and determination. I try in every way possible but it doesn't work. Most importantly, you need to have that desire to CHANGE. Are you ready to change? Take the quiz.
17. Overuse injury. Sometimes my back hurts, my knees crack, my wrist hurts etc.
18. Explaining exercises. I honestly can suck at this at times. Cueing and instructing exercises is critical and although I have the basics down, it's still something I'm continuoulsy learning.
19.Social Media. Fitness and nutrition is everywhere on social media (some good, some bad). To constant quick workout videos to tid bits of advice, it can be hard to keep up with. For me to whip out my phone in the heat of the moment is something I am still not used to.
20. I'm "working" all the time. I'm always thinking about how I can make eating healthier and exercising easier for my clients, new exercises I can implement, informative e-mails I can send, easy recipes, inspirational quotes etc. etc. Sometimes I have to resist the urge to think about work when I'm not working.
Most importantly, every career has its pros and cons. If you'd like to know 20 things I LOVE about being a personal trainer click here.
I'm a nutritional coach and personal trainer, certified through the American College of Sports Medicine and Precision Nutrition Level 1.
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