Calling T-Nation Personal Trainers!
I know that there’s a somewhat large presence of T-Nationers that make a living, either full time or part time, as personal trainers. Much maligned as “we” are in the public eye, the combination of Personal Trainer + T-Nation Member should = One kickass fitness professional.
I thought it would be a useful tool if we could use this thread to toss around ideas with each other on a professional level (such as exactly how you provide your services, in -home vs. commercial vs. your own gym) as well as brainstorming client situations when necessary (like how to get results for a client with a 70-hour work week?).
Granted, I personally feel that if you’re a professional trainer, you shouldn’t always need to consult with peers, but I don’t think it could hurt.
So…guess I’ll start…
I’m a Long Island, NY-based trainer. I have my own business doing in-home and online training, though right now I’m only doing it part-time while looking for full or part-time “day job” work (mainly for benefits and a predictable weekly income).
I read alot of Eric Ruth’s fitness marketing work, and I’m currently trying to implement some of his ideas.
And hey (conveniently enough), I’ve got a question for y’all…do you keep routine templates that you customize for multiple clients, or is every program you design brand new, fresh, and unique to the individual. I don’t see a problem with having templates, as long as you do customize it and tailor it to the client.
For example, I have one basic strength training routine that I specifically recommend to recreational martial artists, but I tweak it as needed depending on the client’s training experience, ability, and available schedule. Your thoughts?