The relationships that form between well matched clients and their personal trainers is something that I truly find amazing. Although the relationship is professional, the bond that is created is hard for me to express in words. I think this is the case with any trainer that actually cares about their clients.
I’m still surprised when a client asks me what sort of stuff I’m doing when not with them or my other clients. The truth is, I think I am a pretty boring guy outside of the gym. Among our gyms training staff, I am among one of the busier trainers, Unique among the full time trainers is that I work only three total days per week (Mon and Thurs full days, Tues and Sat half-days.)
With so few days in the gym, you’d think I’d have plenty of free time.
But you’d be wrong…...
– I am currently studying for an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) certification in inclusive fitness so that I can best service clients with disabilities.
– Following this, I will begin the year long certification process as a Medical Exercise and Post-Rehabilitation Conditioning Specialist.
– I am further researching diet and exercise prescription for Type 2 Diabetics from multiple sources (AMA,ADA, ACSM et al.) I continue to read up and learn about exercise prescription for knee, shoulder, spine and hip dysfunctions, kinesiology and corrective exercise.
– On the diet front, I have agreed to go vegetarian for 90 days with a client. This is not a huge thing for me as I was previously a vegetarian for a year.
– I currently spend 2-4 hours weekly updating exercise programming for my clients. I usually spend the same amount of time serving as a consultant on other trainers clients.
– I spend exactly two phone calls trying to track down clients that disappear on me without notice. After two unanswered calls, I file them as MIA. Whatever spot they had on my schedule is promptly given to a new client. Thankfully, I have not had to make too many of these calls.
On Wednesdays I stop at my favorite comic book shop. But I only buy manly-man comics.