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This is what You need to know to become a Personal Trainer

This is what You need to know to become a Personal Trainer

Being a personal trainer is not an easy task. People who look from the outside might think that this is not a profession, just an activity that looks pretty easy and that can make you rich right away. Without a doubt, they’re wrong. Being a professional personal trainer means that you are qualified and that you have the experience needed to spread your knowledge and the teaching ability required to help and instruct others.

A simple training session might look easy, but the reality is that a good exercise session takes hours of work behind the scenes (you know, planning the exercises and moves, setting a routine based on each client’s needs, and determining each client’s goals).

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Therefore, if you want to become a professional personal trainer you must know that you are going to have to dedicate a lot of work, time and effort first. Some time ago, personal trainers were relatively casual workers in an informal profession, and almost everybody who wanted to become one of them could reach that goal. Today, everything is different. Being a personal trainer requires professional training, accreditation, and industry recognition.

Here are a few things you should consider if you want to become a personal trainer:

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1. Be a leader

This is essential: personal trainers must have leadership skills because a good coach needs to be a leader during a training session. A personal trainer is responsible for providing motivation and encouragement to clients and for being a model of a balanced and healthy life. Certainly, people prefer those trainers who are not passive or quiet.

Remember to develop and build your leadership qualities while working toward your career as a personal trainer, since being a personal trainer is all about leading your clients towards optimal health and fitness.

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2. Have a healthy life and show it

This aspect is important because personal trainers become models for society, and you and your lifestyle are always in full view of your clients and other people. A good example of this is that you cannot effectively motivate people to lose weight and put effort on their exercise routines when layers of fat are progressively accumulating on your own belly. You cannot train and motivate others to live healthier if you show the opposite behaviors in your own lifestyle. Let your customers see the value of following your training by showing them your own health and fitness. They will then see progressive results in their own lives.

Remember that being healthy is the most important starting point if you want to be a fitness role model. You can then help others to reach that level of wellness.

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3. Be patient and tolerant

Have you ever worked in customer service? Well, you will need those same skills while working as a personal trainer. Every client has different body type, so what works for one client might not necessarily work for another client. You will probably find clients with different personalities and people who act and react very differently while working out or receiving orders from you. Being a personal trainer is all about working with your clients from their own starting points while you lead them clients towards optimal health and fitness.

In conclusion, we have highlighted the most significant qualities that will underscore your value as a personal trainer. Whether you are looking for a personal trainer and thus needs to know how to select one, or you are interested in becoming a competitive and reliable personal trainer yourself, these values personify the fundamental essence of a professional personal trainer. Cultivate these values, build them, and inculcate them into your practice, and they will actualize your success in the future. In what is rapidly becoming a critical industry for a digitalized information-driven world, you need to be “the” and not just “a” personal trainer. In more ways than one, professional personal training is now redefining the pursuit of fitness and health for the globalized community, and luckily, becoming part of this trend will provide a commensurate economic and social reward.

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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