I’m not sure if this is the correct forum for this thread but here goes.
I’ve been lifting for about 3.5 years now and eating clean for about 2 so i think i look the part enough to attract a few possible clients. I’ve never formally trained anyone; with my only experience teaching being the assistance i provided friends getting in on the sport.
I’ve been in the military for the past four years and i had them pay for my brand new personal fitness trainer certificate through the America College of Sports Medicine. I’m seperating shortly and i’ll be looking for employment as a trainer as i work towards a degree in exercise science or human performance…i want to make this my life.
I was wondering if any of you out there have any good little tidbits for a new trainer on the scene.
I’m particullary curious about how you put up with BS. Throughout the certification course it seems that bodybuilding gets bashed a lot and it also seems that the average client demographic is women in the 30s and 40s. I would love to help people become stronger and bigger and i’m not too excited to help old women shed their fat asses but hey…whatever pays i guess.
I’ve read T-Nation so much…its actually the reason i aced the course. There was hardly any new information pressnted to me in that course that i didn’t already know from cruising the forums and reading the coach articles. Thanks guys!
That being said, it’s obvoius that i’ve adopted a certain mentality to training and nutrition. I bring up nutrition because during the nutrition portion of the course all kinds of BS was being flung and my teacher critized me on my diet because of the carbs and amounts of eggs/meat that i take in and whatnot. I tried to talk about cholesterol (ldl and hdl) and how it helps T production and all that jazz but she called it a ‘jump in one science to another’. Ya i know cholesterol is dangerous and i wouldn’t load a client up on it and all but jeez gimme a break. i’m eating according to my goal ya know.
But she also wrecked my paper about the dangers of soy…which used T-Nation articles as a reference i might add :D. What i’m getting at is i can see a trend coming about with my new clients. I get a guy that wants some size. I deem him safe to exercise and make a program for him. Not being an actual nutritionist, i point him to the one on staff. And i find out later that they have him on some bitch diet that won’t help him at all.
Does this happen much to yall??
Also, do you implement much from T-Nation at all? And if so do you feel you are critized for the ‘not so norm’ techniques?
Any other information would be awesome too! just stuff that you think would have been great to know when you were first starting out.
i look forward to yall’s replies!