I read an interview recently with someone who switched from working a corporate 9-5 job for a job as a fitness professional. One sentence she said really stood out to me and it was that she had traded the 9-5 for a 5-9. She wasn’t complaining and she wasn’t lamenting her decision; she was saying that even though her day has gotten longer and more unpredictable, she finally feels fulfilled by helping others reach their health and fitness goals.
I was just talking with Neil the other day about how my days start before the sun comes up and often end as it is setting, yet I never really feel worn out or that I am overworking myself. Granted, I also have about 521567 different work roles, but a majority of those are related to training individuals and groups. I enjoy designing workouts and seeing clients progress to a healthier, stronger version of themselves.
While I liked the structure of a 9-5, I didn’t like having to ask permission to take time off, schedule appointments around my work, and other annoyances that come from a set schedule. True, there are also downfalls of working for yourself and setting your own hours (a post for another day perhaps), but for me they are less than when I worked in any office setting.
I wanted to take some time today to share what a typical day looks like for me. If you are considering becoming a personal trainer, know that the most popular times are going to be before and after work, so you can expect your schedule to be the most in demand then. It can also be a little unpredictable, which is why I choose to supplement it with more regular income. If you have any questions about anything in this field, feel free to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or leave your questions in the comments!
5:30 am: WAKE UP. I always lay my clothes out the night before and leave them in the bathroom so that I can sneak out and not wake up Neil. While I prefer leisurely mornings, I’m not waking up that early to have them during the week. I get dressed, grab a PROBAR, and head out the door.
6 am: As obsessed with Instagram as I am, I try and post every week day around 6 am. I post both for myself and the Sweat social account, so while I walk the 15 min to my first client, I post both pictures and try not to get hit by cars.
6:15 am: See client for an hour.
8:30 am: I either stop by home to wake up Neil like an annoying wife or just head up to Sweat and hang out there a little bit before class at 8:30 am. Depending on the day of the week, I either teach 5:15 am (gross), 7 am, 8:30 am, or 4:30-6:30 pm. If I’m not teaching that day, this will be my workout time.
10 am: Class ends at 9:30 am and I run out the door so I can catch a train to my next client, who is about 30 min away. I take the time on the train to catch up on emails, social media, and blog comments. If it’s a day I teach at 5:15 am, you may just find me staring vacantly out the window.
11 am: My 10 am client is only 30 min, so I’m usually home by 11 am. As soon as I get home, I make my post workout smoothie and hop in the shower. I also take this hour to straighten up the dishes in the sink, maybe pop the laundry in, or do some of the 21654 errands there need to be done around the house. I also boil some water for my tea I must have every day.
12 pm: By 12 I am usually at the computer for the afternoon. I read through blogs, comment, schedule social media posts and pins, and work on emails.
1 pm: I realize I’m hungry and head to the kitchen to make some delicious scrambled eggs with ghost pepper (THAT’S OUT OF STOCK UNTIL SUMMER). I will inevitably see my dehydrated dates and almond butter on the counter and eat 5 before my eggs are done. If I haven’t done the dishes yet, I play a game where I try and get them all done before my eggs are cooked. WHAT KIND OF GAME IS THAT??
1:15 pm: Since apparently I can’t take a lunch break like a normal person, I bring my eggs back with me and try to eat and type at the same time. I take this time to write out and schedule the next day’s blog post and work on any material that needs to get done for Sweat (emails, social promos, etc). I’ll also see if I have any sponsored posts or freelance writing that is coming up and needs to get done.
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3 pm: I have a client that comes right to my building, so I usually work up until ~2:53 pm and then head down to meet with her for an hour.
4 pm: I head back upstairs and finish any remaining work while popping some chicken in the oven to bake. Sometimes I forget about the vegetable part and don’t have time to eat my whole dinner before heading out again. Lately I’ll eat a chicken breast and then when I come back in the evening I will have my vegetables.
5:30 pm: I either have a client or a class I teach depending on the evening. Either way, I spend my walking time catching up on things on my phone because I’ve turned into one of those annoying people who can’t just enjoy a walk. Once it gets a little warmer, I’m sure I’ll have my phone away more. Right now it’s cold and I want to be distracted so it feels like I get there sooner.
Sometimes I do pay attention though and get cool city shots like this one.
6:30 pm: I’m usually done by about 6:30 pm and on my walk home I make sure to post for the second time of the day on both IG accounts.
7 pm: I get home around 7 pm, eat the rest of my dinner, and hang out with Neil. We usually talk about our day and spend time catching up on shows that we’ve missed throughout the week. Right now the only ones with new episodes that we’re still watching are Better Call Saul, Brooklyn 99, and Empire. Everything else we watch is over for the season.
10 pm: I like to be in bed BY 10 pm, although sometimes it’s AT 10 that we actually start getting ready. Neil decides now is the time he wants to talk to be about anything and everything while I can barely keep my eyes open. I usually fall asleep in the middle and do it all again the next day!
While this is a general day for me, a lot can still vary throughout. I may have errands to run, appointments, or Fridays are generally busier since I don’t have to write a post in the afternoon and can see more clients. All of my work, aside from a weekend or two a month teaching at Sweat, is confined to weekdays so that I can enjoy having nothing to do on the weekend except nap and eat food.
- Do you prefer the 9-5 or 5-9?
- When do you usually wake up? Go to bed?
- How many hours of sleep do you get?