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Lessons Learnt Working In The Health & Fitness Industry…

Lessons Learnt Working In The Health & Fitness Industry…

2016 is drawing to a close and as a new year approaches, it always seems like the right (if not clichéd) time to reflect.

So here are my musings; an accumulation of lessons, reflections, “ah ha” moments and observations collected over the last number of years working in this industry.

More Isn’t Always Better

Less, actually, is often more. There’s nothing wrong with taking a step back and allowing your body time to rest; for muscle recovery, for headspace, to prioritise work/family etc. There’s a time to push and a time to pull back…what is really detrimental is burning yourself out by trying to do it all.

If you’re in a “less” stage, just stay moving and don’t let it become a “nothing” stage. Learn to cut out the fluff. Focus on the stuff that works and is worthy of your precious time, forget about the rest. Efficiency and consistency are the keys to longevity.

Don’t Take It Too Seriously

Fitness should enhance your life…not control it. Being a total health nut has its advantages, but it also has its drawbacks.

Stubbornness and inflexibility about my training regimen led to me missing out on plenty of social occasions in the past.

Life really is too short and there should be other relationships in your life that are more precious than the one you have with the gym.

Train smarter, not harder or longer (see above point – efficiency is key), keep fit and strong, but learn to enjoy life.

Let life happen…because it’s inevitable that it always will, do what you can today and forget about what has passed.

If You Want Something Valuable…You’re Going To Have To Earn It

I hope I’m not contradicting myself here…

Let life happen, yes, but don’t blame life for you not reaching your goals. A little bit of forward planning and preparation can go a long way.

Learn to enjoy the process, not just the prize. Have goals you are working towards but focus on the steps to get you there; work hard and relish it.

Humans are hardwired to find the path of least resistance but when it comes to your health and well-being, there are no short cuts; consistency, patience and hard work always win out in the long run.

Don’t Take Everything So Personally

Guilty! I can be a sensitive soul and read too deeply into a simple, throwaway comment. But think about it – maybe you misinterpreted it or maybe they were having a crap day…either way, it’s probably not your concern.

The health and fitness industry is so vast and varied, you might as well accept that not everyone is going to agree 100% with what you say and do. Have your own opinions, be able to rationalise them and don’t take it personally if not everyone agrees.

There are many ways to skin a cat and being dogmatic in your approach to health and fitness won’t do you or your clients any favours.

Never Stop Learning

Further to the above point; from a professional point of view…have training principles that you believe in but don’t be afraid to change them.

Keep learning, keep evolving and find people in the industry whose principles you admire; listen to them, take their advice then apply it to your own systems.

If you don’t look back at the way you used to do things and cringe…you probably haven’t progressed much in your thinking.

The Little Things Can Make All The Difference

I really believe that you need to have a genuine, deep-rooted interest in helping your clients if you want to be successful in this industry.

There’s going to be many times in your life that you have to do things you don’t particularly want to do, but being empathetic towards your clients and their needs shouldn’t be one of them.

As a trainer – be punctual, be energised, be organised, be prepared for each client and their session.

Remember their injuries, remember their birthdays, ask about their job, their kids…remember that the hour or two you see them every week is a small fraction of their week; they have a lot of life to live in between.

A Few More Thoughts As A Trainer…

  • Failing is OK and again, inevitable. Life will always throw up challenges but there’s a lot of learning to be had in how you decide to overcome these obstacles.

  • Invest in yourself. This industry moves fast, keep learning if you want to keep up.

  • Listen to your body. Like, really listen. Yoga, mobility and meditation has played a huge role in my overall health and ability to sleep well, recover and be awake, alert and energised for my clients.

  • When potential clients say “I just want to get a bit a bit fitter before I start…” you might be waiting a while! There is no perfect time to start, but strong-arming somebody who doesn’t want to or isn’t ready to invest in their health, into training with you probably won’t result a long lasting relationship.

  • Sometimes there really are days where you just need to put up and shut up and get the work done.

  • Quality beats quantity every time.

  • And finally…early mornings are where coffee and creativity flows in equal measure. I’ve always been an early bird at heart, but I’ve consciously made it the most productive part of my day.
    Getting up, making good quality coffee, working and working out when it feels like the rest of the world is sleeping has such a positive effect on the rest of the day. “The early morning has gold in its mouth.”

Have a safe and happy New Year!

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