Monday, September 08, 2008
What’s it like to be a…Personal Trainer?
What does a normal day look like? Is it consistent throughout the year? If you’ve had this position for a while, how have things changed?
The life of a personal trainer changes from day to day depending on the time of the year, the day of the week, and also the responsibilities you have for the day. Summers for personal trainers can often be slow due to the nice weather and summer vacations. During the fall the gym picks up and people are more into being fit for the next few months to come (which makes no sense to me when you’re all covered up in the fall and winter).
On a normal day I will arrive at the gym 15 minutes before my first client. When I arrive, I normally check the client’s file to go over what we did during the last session and plan for the next one. For the most part, you know what you’re going to do with the client but you need to get it down on paper so the workout has a flow to it. The times when your clients schedule their training sessions will determine if you have breaks in your day or if you’re seeing people back to back.
During down time you can workout, run errands, or just prep for the next client.
On some days the trainers are required to work on the floor at the gym, doing a variety of tasks. Things like cleaning the gym and equipment, assisting others, and just hanging out in the gym for help if needed.
Now when I first started out at the gym, my biggest thing was trying to meet new people and introduce myself so that people could get to know me. This was a time for me to show them what I could offer them as a personal trainer. Once I started working with clients, the people that I trained started to refer clients to me and that is how I get most of my business now. As times goes on, you no longer work on the floor as often due the fact that most of your time spend at the gym is with clients.
What’s it like to be a…Human Relations/Labor Relations Manager?
My actual position is: HR/Labor Relations Manager and I am also responsible for Safety and Hourly Employment activities.
What does a normal day look like?
Up at 4:30 a.m., drive to work at 5:30 a.m., thank the Good Lord for all of His blessings and another wonderful day. To work by 6:00 a.m., get coffee and fire up laptop, check Lotus Notes, voice mail and then start my day. No two days are the same, what happens from 6:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. just depends… When you are in the “People Business” you have to just roll with it. Being in HR/LR, your customer is anyone who walks through the door with an issue or problem. It is important to welcome them and focus all of your attention on them and their issues. You must make them feel they are the most important person at that moment. Be positive, calm and polite. The phone, the computer and others at the door can all wait. Always remember to try and walk in the other person’s shoes to try and understand their issues or perspectives.