The job of a personal trainer is to help others find and maintain health. You can find plenty of articles written on how hiring a trainer will help motivate and push you and exactly what is entailed when you pay someone else to help you with your fitness. What you won’t find as much of is information on how to stay healthy as a personal trainer.
If you are a trainer working for yourself or even in a gym setting, you know that training can mean early hours, late hours, and every hour in between. The most convenient times for someone to exercise are usually before and after their workday, which means that this is when your workday starts.
In the past year that I’ve been training, and especially as my client base has increased, I’ve tried to follow the following three ways to stay healthy as a personal trainer.
You’re probably tired of me saying this in every post, but I can’t tell you how important planning is in my life. In addition to being a personal trainer and traveling to see clients, I also teach HIIT classes, write this blog, do some freelance writing, and just became Director of Social Media at my gym. Planning is life.
Since personal training can keep you out of the house for hours at a time, you have to look at your schedule beforehand and be prepared. Mornings when I have back to back clients I know I will get hungry, so I make sure to pack healthy snacks to tide me over until I can either get home for lunch or grab something healthy while I’m out. If I was really on the ball I would make sure to pack my lunch too, but a lot of the time I have lunch hours open and am able to get home and write/eat.
As annoying as it can be, meal prep is a huge lifesaver when you have a busy schedule. I also make sure to have extra snacks on hand for times when I am caught out later than expected. You don’t want to see me when I’m hungry.
- Meal prep
- Pack snacks
- Bring a water bottle
- Bring extra clothes if you work out and aren’t able to go home between clients
2. Schedule your workout
As important as fitness is to your clients, it’s just as important for you. Many people are under the misconception that trainers are able to work out all day, when in fact the opposite is usually true. Time with a client is their time and their workout. If you have a full day of clients, it can be hard to find time to fit your own workout in.
Treat your workout as an appointment, a meeting, or like you are your own client. It can be easy to skip over your own fitness in exchange for an hour spent earning money, but remember that it’s just as important for you mentally as well as physically to get your sweat on.
3. Make time for you
As I finished with in #2, the lure of money can be hard to turn down. It’s tempting to pick up that 7 pm client even though you’ve already started your day with one at 6 am. It may seem like a great idea at the beginning of your journey to say yes to as many clients as you can, but in doing so it won’t be long before you start to burn out.
It’s true that personal training doesn’t follow a conventional 9-5 schedule, but you have to find a balance between work and home life. Maybe it’s never scheduling a client one evening a week or maybe it’s about making sure that you always have time to eat lunch. However you manage your schedule, make time for you. If you don’t take care of yourself, it’s much harder to take care of anyone else.
- Trainers—how do you maintain your health and schedule?
- How do you stay healthy on the road or during the workday?