You’re staring at the computer reading over the latest (or looking at pictures on Facebook that the girl you like just posted from her beach vacation over the holidays).
As you take a sip of water, the metallic ball in your shaker cup hits your teeth for the 10,000th time; suddenly you become aware of the phone in your pocket: “Not again” you think, “please God, not again.” A feeling of apprehension grips you as if it’s foreshadowing the inevitable.
The phone rings.
Slowly you avert your gaze from Jessica and her friends frolicking on the beach and zap yourself back to reality. The caller ID says that it’s your 4pm client, right on time to cancel the session — again. Her son is sick and she hates to do it, but she can’t make it in. She’ll see you on Friday — hopefully.
Personal training isn’t easy and day-to-day annoyances like the one above can contribute to a lot of frustration over time. These annoyances may eventually have you looking for another career.
Clients will cancel last minute, they will make up excuses, you will get upset that people still believe they can buy a quick “magic” fix, and you will force yourself to put on a smile when you’re hungry, exhausted, and in a bad mood. Accept that these things will happen. With any job there are annoyances. The difference is that you have control while many others in different professions do not.
Done right, personal training is rewarding physically, emotionally, and financially. This article is meant to prepare you for dealing with the inevitable everyday frustrations trainers have