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Working as a personal training can be both a fun and rewarding experience Monetary and personal gains along with a sense of self-satisfaction through helping others are achievable through working as a personal trainer Taking care of the business end further ensures the life of a personal trainer remains enjoyable Fitness enthusiasts hit the gym for different reasons. Weight loss and muscle building top the list. Are they the most important reasons why gym goers hit their favorite fitness spot?
For some, seeing results serves as the top motivator to head over to the gym to jump on the Stair Master and then lift weights. Don’t, however, overlook another big motivator: hitting the gym is fun.
People don’t go to the gym to experience a grind or perform hard work. They love the gym because working out is enjoyable. Embracing the fitness lifestyle can be enormously fun.
Those really into the fitness lifestyle may take things to the next level. They become professionals in the fitness industry.
Gravitating towards the job of a personal trainer remains the logical step for someone interesting in spending time in the gym while earning a good living.
Does the fun go out of gym time once you become a personal trainer, though? As long as you approach the job the right way, personal training should always remain a lot of fun.
Doing What You Love
One of the most oft-repeated sayings in the job seeking world is “Do what you love and you’ll never work another day in your life.”
Personal trainers dedicate themselves working out, eating right, and learning better approaches to training. Their hearts and minds are in the gym. They love to attend fitness expos and stay on top of new trends in the industry.
Personal training allows them to spend their work week doing what they would be doing during off hours.
By doing what you love, you eliminate a lot of the stress common with working a job solely for the money. Of course, the fringe benefit of becoming a personal trainer would be the potential to earn a decent amount — possibly a significant amount — of money.
That said, the most rewarding and fun aspects to being a personal trainer have nothing to do with monetary compensation.
Helping People in Need
A great sense of personal well-being can be gained from leading others down the path of better fitness.
Only a small segment of people working with personal trainers are bodybuilders and powerlifters looking to win competitions. The vast majority of clients are people wanting to improve their health and appearance.
Since they lack the experience and knowledge to do so on their own, they ask a personal trainer for support. Personal trainers often gain tremendous personal satisfaction by helping people meet their goals.
Giving trainers experience great joy when assisting someone to achieve his/her goals and to live a healthier life.
Meeting Lots of New People
Personal trainers can’t help but meet a lot of people. They meet fellow professionals and, of course, they meet a lot of clients.
Talented and hardworking personal trainers leave great impressions in the minds of people they come in contact with. Things don’t always remain strictly business with the people personal trainers meet.
Friendships develop and most agree that making a large number of friends only has its positives. In fact, this adds to the overall positive nature associated with becoming a personal trainer.
The Work Environment is Appealing
Personal trainers don’t sit at a desk in a dreary, stuffy office. They spend their time in the overall upbeat environment of a full-service gym.
The combination of the sun shining through the windows and the overall enthusiastic attitudes of the gym’s members makes the environment one very enjoyable to spend time in.
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Gyms open really early in the morning and even stay open late. Certain gyms even keep their doors open 24 hours a day creating flexibility for a personal trainer’s schedule.
With flexibility, the concept of the dull 9 – 5 job doesn’t fit into the life of a personal trainer. Through setting your own hours, you devise a work week that benefits you mentally and physically.
Setting your own hours contributes to getting the maximum amount of rest, balancing work and home responsibilities, and keeping time free for personal pursuits.
All these things come together to make the life of a personal trainer a bit more enjoyable.
Take Care of Business to Make Things More Fun
Personal training remains a business pursuit. While enjoyable, specific responsibilities cannot be avoided. Trainers who properly take care of the business end keep things a lot more enjoyable.
— Pace Yourself and Craft a Smart Schedule
The best way to make sure you never stop having fun entails preventing burnout. While it takes time to build up clients, once a personal trainer good reputation gets out there, new clients start calling to book sessions.
Every client and every training sessions add up to more and more money. Certain trainers can book ten sessions a day six days a week and not suffer burnout.
Those unable to work so many hours, however, should cut their schedule back.
By working at a decent pace, the job won’t become a grind or burdensome. Hence, training people never stops being fun.
— Be Very Organized
You will keep the job of a personal trainer much more enjoyable when you properly organize your business. Plan out your work schedule in advance and log all training session dates and times.
Also, keep detailed logs of your client’s progress so the next session builds on the previous one. This way, appointments are both met and remain productive.
Organize all files such as client risk assessments and waivers. Keep track of your earnings and all possible deductions. Doing so makes things a lot easier if the need for these documents ever arises.
— Invest in a Good Insurance Policy
How could buying a liability protection policy make the job more fun? Well, by having insurance protection in place, you eliminate a lot of stress and worry over potential liability.
Anything that cuts down on worry and stress contributes to the fun nature of the job.
Taking care of business definitely, adds to the fun. You might not see how it does this, but good business practices always make things easier.
The Personal Trainer’s Life
Personal training represents a career and life path a lot different from other professions.
Since the professional side comes from what may have once been a hobby, the chance to have fun stays huge. If this life is for you, then there’s no reason why the fun ever has to go away.
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Is being a personal trainer a fun job? was originally posted at https://www.exercise.com/blog/is-being-fitness-trainer-fun/ by Lydia Auchtung
Rubber Band Theory of Personality (Are you Bill Gates or Steve Jobs?)
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Our personalities are flexible…but only to a point. Knowing yourself will help you as you chart your path to success. Set aside time to try new things outside of your comfort zone. Susan Cain wrote a powerful book that has resonated with hundreds of thousands of people — Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.
In a team meeting, we discussed this selection from Quiet:
“We can stretch our personalities, but only up to a point. Our inborn temperaments influence us, regardless of the lives we lead. A sizable part of who we are is ordained by our genes, by our brains, by our nervous systems. And yet the elasticity that Schwartz found in some of the high-reactive teens also suggests the converse: we have free will and can use it to shape our personalities.
These seem like contradictory principles, but they are not. Free will can take us far, suggests Dr. Schwartz’s research, but it cannot carry us infinitely beyond our genetic limits. Bill Gates is never going to be Bill Clinton, no matter how he polishes his social skills, and Bill Clinton can never be Bill Gates, no matter how much time he spends alone with a computer.
We might call this the ‘rubber band theory’ of personality. We are like rubber bands at rest. We are elastic and can stretch ourselves, but only so much.”
Bill Gates vs. Steve Jobs
Let’s make this practical. Check out the way Bill Gates and the team from Microsoft tried to pump up the crowd for the release of Windows 95:
Now politics aside, you can’t question that Bill Clinton could command a room. However, for an even more apples-to-apples comparison, let’s look at the way Steve Jobs works a crowd.
This video shows the product launch for the original iPhone. It’s long but just watch the first few minutes:
Both of these men are brilliant in their respective fields but these videos show the drastic differences in their personality. Steve Jobs was comfortable commanding a room with the sheer anticipation of the product creating excitement.
Bill Gates, on the other hand, didn’t look comfortable in that same settings and struggled to describe his product with words that illicit the same kind of atmosphere Jobs set.
Train Anyone, Anywhere in the World. How far will your personality stretch?
Honestly evaluate your own personality.
These are important things to know as you chart your path to success. How can we reconcile the tension between playing to our strengths/using our gifts and stretching ourselves outside of our comfort zone?
Now that’s even tougher question. How can you maximize your strengths and gifting while also not crippling yourself by never stretching outside your comfort zone?
If you never sat down and thought about that, we recommend doing so. What works best for everyone will vary but we recommend setting aside time for activities that are outside of your comfort zone.
You might be surprised to find an activity that with a little nurturing turns into a strength.
If you do some further digging for more recent Microsoft events, you can easily spot that Bill Gates has spent time developing his on-stage presence. He’s still not in the Bill Clinton or Steve Jobs stratosphere, but he’s definitely developed his voice.
Susan Cain Talks Quiet
Take a few minutes and watch Susan’s TED Talk about her book.
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Rubber Band Theory of Personality (Are you Bill Gates or Steve Jobs?) was originally posted at https://www.exercise.com/blog/rubber-band-theory-personality/ by Exercise.com Staff
How to Game Plan for Change (Real World Tips!)
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Surviving isn’t just for hikers; it’s for when your circumstances change. “The most successful are open to the changing nature of their environment.” Having a game plan for changing circumstances is critical for survival. One of our recent team meetings centered on how to survive being lost as explained in Deep Survival by Laurence Gonzales.
The extreme unpredictability of nature carries a lot of parallels to operating your own business.
Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out…
Something unexpected comes along and you’re left out of sorts and scrambling to survive!
5 Stages of Being Lost
Here are the 5 Stages of Being Lost:
You’re disoriented but continue to “push through it.” You start to realize that you’re lost and get a little frazzled. You desperately search for any scrap of evidence to match what you think is going on! You start to break down rationally and emotionally. This is NOT good. You accept your lost condition and resolve to start fresh from where you are.
A lot of people tend to get stuck in steps one to four and never make it to step five. Unfortunately, those are not survivors.
Instead, the best thing you can do is get to step 5 as quickly as you can be recognizing your limits and focusing on your new reality:
Stop → Observe → Think → Plan → Act
“The most successful are open to the changing nature of their environment.”
Here are the Survival Rules for Life to help you out in any bind – whether you’re stuck on a snowy mountaintop or in the middle of a business breakdown:
Be here now – Develop an appreciation for full engagement with what’s in front of you. Know the limits of your experience – Just because something has worked in the past, doesn’t mean you won’t need to innovate in the future. Adaptability is key – You have to plan in order to be successful, but be ready to let go of your plan and adjust your course as you perceive changes in your environment.
Check out more about Deep Survival. The next time you’re caught off guard, how are you going to dig in and observe your situation so you can put together a new game plan and take decisive action?
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How to Game Plan for Change (Real World Tips!) was originally posted at https://www.exercise.com/blog/how-to-game-plan-for-change/ by Exercise.com Staff
5 Tips to Improve Positivity (These Really Work!)
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Having a positive outlook will give you the “happiness advantage” as you pursue success. The pay to this advantage isn’t crazy complicated. This perspective turnaround can happen in 21 days. One of our recent team meeting topics was something we’re all familiar with: Training!
It was a little different, though, because we were focused on brain training, specifically: Training Your Brain to Be Positive!
Why is it important to train your brain to be positive?
According to Shawn’s research, when reflecting on something that’s happened to us, what actually happened doesn’t shape us as much as our thoughts or feelings about that event.
Shawn says, “90 percent of your long-term happiness is predicted not by the external world, but by the way your brain processes the world.”
People tend to think that as long as you continue to work harder and longer, you’ll accomplish more and therefore be happier.
Unfortunately, your brain works against you here and simply starts looking for the next goal once you achieve the original one. So if you place your happiness and fulfillment on the other side of some success, you’ll never actually get there!
Positive brain training can help to increase your happiness right now, which in turns boosts your performance in some unexpected ways:
“If you can raise somebody’s level of positivity in the present, then their brain experiences what we now call a happiness advantage, which is your brain at positive performs significantly better than at negative, neutral or stressed… we’ve found that every single business outcome improves.”
Ready to start your brain positivity training?
Here are Shawn’s simple tips…
5 Tips to Boost Positivity
Here are five simple ways to boost your positivity, add some more happiness to your life, and increase your performance:
Take 2 minutes to write down 3 positive things in your life. If you do this daily for 21 days, you’ll rewire your brain for more positivity! Write down your thoughts by journaling. Exercise daily (Hopefully, you already have this covered! If not… ). Start practicing meditation. Add some random acts of kindness to your day!
How are you going to start training your brain to be positive?
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5 Tips to Improve Positivity (These Really Work!) was originally posted at https://www.exercise.com/blog/5-ways-increase-positivity-these-really-work/ by Exercise.com Staff