It was a rainy morning in October. After a typically busy morning I headed over to my final client of the day. Working in the rain during two of my four PT sessions that day was a real battle of wills, even after 11 years in the industry. Incidentally this particular day fell three days before my 36th birthday. This fact plus the adverse weather had me in what I can only describe as a funk, which for me is vary rare. Not that any of my clients would know mind- after more than a decade in this line of work you soon learn how to slide the proverbial mask on with ease in order to give your clients an amazing experience, irrespective of how you are feeling. So I did just that, before heading over to client number five. “Just one more to go” I kept telling myself.
For the last six weeks, I have been teaching this particular client how to skip! No mean feat with most beginners, but especially challenging with this client as she has diaphraxia and is hyper -mobile; meaning coordinated motor skills sometimes prove to be challenging. Nevertheless we persevered and after weeks or tripping, whipping and general frustration on her side she finally nailed it and I was absolutely over the moon for her. Instantly I was reminded of why I chose to become a Personal Trainer and of the sheer job satisfaction I get from helping someone achieve a goal, no matter how small or big! I was honestly more excited than her, and that funk from earlier…instantly eradicated! You see, as much as we motivate our clients, they can motivate us as trainers also.
I always say to people interested in becoming Personal Trainers that the best thing about it is the job satisfaction. Not monetary incentives or social media notoriety. The type of job satisfaction that comes from hard work and dedication, the type that had me celebrating on this day with the reckless abandon of a 10 year old child, not a soon to be thirty – six year old!