I am absolutely loving life at the moment. Even though it has been raining non-stop for what seems like a week here in London, I’m still so happy – and most of my happiness comes from the fact that I just love, love, love being a personal trainer.
When I talked my way into my job, I knew it would take longer than usual to build up a client base. So far I have trained a handful of clients, and ‘borrowed’ a few clients from some other trainers. And, even when I felt like I was on my deathbed on Wednesday, I have been left smiling ear to ear after every session.
After one of my very first sessions, my manager asked me if I had made the right decision in becoming a personal trainer. He then said: “Don’t answer that. You haven’t stopped smiling in 10 minutes, so I know the answer is yes.”
There is something incredibly satisfying about pushing someone and showing them what their body is truly capable of. While I try to do that as much as I can with my online clients, it’s a much different experience seeing that look of joyous surprise on a client’s face.
My goal is to educate my clients as much as possible about nutrition and exercise so that even if they don’t continue to train with me they feel as though they have better tools to train themselves. From what I’ve experienced so far, most people do not expect this and they are at first tentative to ask questions, but then the questions don’t stop!
I have already worked with a number of post-rehab clients, and training someone that has taken a complete break from exercise for months or even years is extremely empowering. I love the challenge of designing workouts around various injuries, and the feedback I have received so far is flattering. To feel as though I’m helping someone recover and become stronger for their everyday activities is beyond satisfying.
I know I am completely hooked on training people because on Sunday I did something I have never done before… I forgot to eat. I’m the type of person who loves to eat, and is always thinking about my next meal. I had breakfast at 8.30am and Rob met me after he finished work at 1.30pm. When he asked me if I was hungry and wanted to go have a lunch, I realised I was starving and had forgotten to eat my pre-packed meal!
I was so distracted by the five programs I had to send out that day that I completely forgot about my food and went five hours without eating. Only true passion could do that (although from now on I may have to set a timer to remind myself!).
For the first time in a while, I feel very in control of my career and I feel like everything is happening for the right reason. I now understand what people say about finding a job that doesn’t feel like work. I love helping people every day and I never get sick of giving people advice or answering their questions. I wake up excited in the morning and look forward to what the day will bring me.
I don’t know where personal training will take me, but for now I know I’m in the right place.
Do you work in a job you love? Life is too short not to.