Years ago when I first got into the industry I, like many, worked in a large commercial gym.
I was a club trainer.
Not good enough to call myself a personal trainer and I still had cleaning chores to do.
Part of being a club trainer required me doing their club trainer course. Which is where they teach you the ins and outs of training people and how they wanted you to train the club members.
Two pieces of advice have always stuck with me. I make sure I stick to these points as close as I possibly can.(JK!!!)
These pearls of wisdom were delivered by the head trainer. The man we were supposed to learn from. The man who had the knowledge and the industry experience to make us better at our jobs which in turn would help us provide a better service to our clients and gym members.
– You don’t want to look too good because you’ll intimidate the average member which could cost you business. People want to be able to relate to you and if you look too good you’ll alienate yourself from the average person.
So basically be average because it will attract more average people who like the idea of change, but are more comfortable being average. If you’re average there is no pressure on them to feel they have to get any better. But they’ll be happy. Being average is good. Gotcha.
And the second tip:
– Don’t train your clients too hard. People don’t really want to push too much. Just give them enough to make them feel worked and keep them happy.
Again, keep it average. Less than average would be ideal. Dumb it down, soften it up and make it all light and fluffy because that’s easy. But I’ll gain more clients? Once again, average is good. Gotcha.
This is what trainers are taught!
It reminded me of when I first started training.
The first thing I was ever told about training: weight training is about moving as much weight as possible.
The first time I ever bench pressed I pressed 50kg. 12 months later I pressed 100kg.
When I first signed up to the gym I was given 2 free sessions with a personal trainer. I cancelled them after being yelled at by my brother. “What the fuck do you think I do?” Oh yeah! That powerlifting record holding, body building title winning brother I had. He might know something about how to lift weight.
He took me through that first strength test where I benched 50kg. The trainer I was supposed to have my free sessions with was also taking a brand new client through his first session. Similar age to me but bigger. That guy benched 40kg.
12 months later I benched 100kg. 12 months later I saw that same guy with that same trainer benching 40kg.
Absolutely no progress in 12 months. But he was happy. What an awesome trainer he had. He followed those 2 tips to perfection!
You’re only ever as good as your surroundings and the people you work with. If you train in an environment designed for you to fail, even the best of intentions quickly fade.
Find a gym where people are better than you. Stronger than you. More conditioned than you. Basically find a gym full of people who have what you want. It will lift your level of training and motivation considerably.
If your training and motivation increase, your changes will come quicker and you’ll achieve your goal.
Being average doesn’t make anyone happy. Most people hate being average.
Achieving goals on the other hand, that makes people happy.