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Well today I’m sitting in the Library thinking about how I got this wonderful job. Every day I get to help people attain what they have thought impossible their entire lives. It’s a great job; and a great feeling to help others. How did I get this job? Well with years of research, living the fitness lifestyle, being extremely passionate about it; and haphazardly heading into the domain of only the bravest (or stupidest) people in the world – the entrepreneur. So what do you say we go through a day in the life of a Personal Trainer, (namely yours truly) and see what this gig is all about. Without further ado…
My alarm usually sounds at 5:30am nowadays (for anyone that has known me in the past this probably comes as quite a shock). I get up, brush my teeth and start preparing breakfast. Usually breakfast is the French Toast Recipe that I have on my YouTube Channel; or as the French call it pain grillé français – sounds like it hurts huh?
Here it is for those who haven’t seen it; please excuse the fact that I look like Christian Bale in The Machinist I was preparing for a bodybuilding contest:
I usually have half a Low Carb Energy drink, because I’ve been trying to give up coffee – I was drinking about 3 pots a day – yeah pots – while I was preparing for my contest a few months back;got stims? It was a bad habit and I have no plans on going back to it…
After breakfast and Caffeine I usually get a shower and grab my lunch; I pack my lunch the night before to save time in the morning. Then it’s on to my first client at 7am. Usually I finish up my last client at 7:30pm. It’s a long and difficult schedule which may require hiring additional trainers soon – but it’s also fun and exciting because every client has their own personality, strengths, and weaknesses.
How do I find time to eat? A cooler is mandatory with my job – as I pretty much live in my car. I pack my cooler the night before – accounting for my calorie allotment for the day. Usually I have a protein shake, protein bar, a sandwich, jar of peanut butter, a low carb energy drink; and lots of water. Sounds bland and boring – which goes against my diet plan (I recommend people keep their favorite foods to increase adherence to the diet) – but I’m busy and don’t have time for much more. Occasionally I stop at Chipotle or McDonalds and fit that into my calories for the day – I eat mostly healthy food, but the occasional burger or burrito won’t wreck a diet, trust me.
You are probably wondering how I find time to work out myself. Well it’s getting tougher but I make time. I usually get a workout in either late after my last client or a bit earlier on days I don’t have a late session. I work out about 3 times a week, just like my clients.
Long hours are part of this job – and you have to be able to handle it. I plan all of my workouts for the following day the night before the session, making sure to deliver new things every session. This keeps things fresh and also is imperative if the client is to keep making progress. The body adapts quickly – so constant change is a necessity.
If I have time I fuel my Netflix addiction or read a good book (horror is my favorite genre be it films or books) before bed. I hit the sack around 9 or 10pm on the weekdays so I can be rested and do a great job with my clients every session. If I have a down day – they have a down day – and that’s not what CE-Fitness is about.
Rinse and repeat…
The weekends are my time, but often you’ll find me on Medline looking at studies or designing new workouts. I am always absorbing new information from my contacts in the business, new studies, and the latest research. I actually like that stuff and find it fascinating – guess that’s why I’m a Personal Trainer and not a Pastry Chef. You dig?
Well hopefully that sheds some light on what being a Personal Trainer is like. I am truly blessed to have a job that I love more than anything in the world – it’s my hobby, passion, and livelihood. It’s tough, demanding, and consumes much of my time; but I wouldn’t have it any other way. So if you ever see me sleeping in my car in a public parking lot – don’t be concerned, I’m not actually living in my car – I have a bed at home(with sheets and everything); I’m just chilling out between clients.
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3 Responses to A Day in the Life of a Personal Trainer
Mike Miller says:
HEY MAN! awesome series I ve been a trainer for going on 6 years now and the things I like most about it is I am still learning each and every day! You are never done learning! You taught me a few things that are going to make my life and job much much easier, subscribed!
This was a great article. You actually made me feel a little less afraid of becoming a personal trainer.