Not That Type of Ego Training

Do you want to become a personal trainer because you genuinely want to help others reach their goals or do you want to get into the field for how it makes you feel? Both motivations have their own benefits, but the latter can often lead to burnout and dissatisfaction. Personal Training and coaching clients because it makes you feel good about yourself isn’t a bad idea. It just can lead to focusing on your own ego versus the progress, health and feelings of your clients.

Chances are that you’re reading this article because you want to help people use fitness as a tool for health or to improve their lives in some way. I’m not here to criticize anyone’s desire to assist others, but I am going to call you out if your motives are wrong. Im all about feeling warm and fuzzy inside sometimes but if your primary reason for becoming a personal trainer is to make yourself feel good then you probably should find something else to do.

I know that kind of sounds harsh, but here’s the thing: When you train people because it makes you feel better about yourself than you’re holding onto this false idea of superiority and in it to build up your own ego. It’s a destructive way of thinking because it leads to the wrong type of clientele and will eventually lead you down a path of one-uppness that is destined to leave you burnt out, broke and frustrated. More importantly you’re probably pushing clients into training sessions they have no business being in with the potential to hurt someone.

The alternative, training people because it makes them feel better about themselves is a far more sustainable path emotionally and financially even if the initial feeling of helping someone else might not be as strong. It’s a kinder, more compassionate way of being in this field and will ultimately lead to you helping more people because you’ll be in it for the right reasons.

When you’re training people because it makes them feel better about themselves, your ego isn’t involved and therefore there’s no room for it to grow. Your job is to get them strong, healthy and confident-not show off how much you know. You don’t have to feel superior to your clients in order to take pride in your work because everything you put into them will pay off when they accomplish their goals.

Now how can you shift your mindset and leave your ego out of this. Here are four key take aways.

1.Stop comparing yourself to other trainers. Just because someone knows more than you or has been doing this longer doesn’t mean that they’re better than you. You have your own strengths and weaknesses and that’s what makes you unique.

2.Focus on the progress of your clients, not your own ego. Remember youre not there to make them sore. Youre there to help them meet their goals and get stronger, period. When you get to the end of your career, what do you want people say about you. One word-helpful.

3.Remind yourself why you became a personal trainer in the first place. If it was to help people feel better about themselves then focus on that and let your ego take a backseat. When youre in it for the right reasons, you’ll find that your career is far more rewarding both emotionally and financially.

4. Be okay with saying ” I don’t know”. Stay in your scope of practice and don’t try to be something that you’re not. There are plenty of other trainers out there that know more than you about a certain topic and thats okay. Use them as resources, build your tool box and get better!

When your ego isn’t involved, you’ll find that being a personal trainer is far more rewarding and satisfying. You’ll be able to help more people because your motives will be in the right place. So go out there and change some lives, for the right reasons. #GlickFit