Do you need Perfect Technique As a Personal Trainer?
Do you need to be the master?
Do you need to have mastered all exercises before you can coach them and become a personal trainer?
These three questions are continually asked by learners that are looking to qualify as a personal trainer or level 2 fitness instructor.
The other day, I had a support call with one of our learners that is currently studying to become a personal trainer and her biggest worry was that she didn’t have perfect technique as a personal trainer.
Sarah’s Story of Perfectionism
Sarah worried that she wouldn’t be able to master every single exercise before trying to coach a client. Sarah didn’t have a background of going to the gym, instead, she fell in love with exercise “at home and in the park”. She dreamed that one day she would run a Bootcamp with clients of her own, and so she enrolled in our Level 3 PT Course and qualified as a PT.
Throughout her course, she was very low in confidence when learning free weight exercises and cardio machines. As a result, in the first weekend of the level 3 PT course she would select exercises that she was confident with, and totally avoid those that were less familiar.
We noticed that she was purposely limiting her exercise selection, and as a result, getting stronger at bodyweight exercise technique and coaching, but weaker and less confident in everything else.
We set Sarah a challenge.
We paired her up with Charlene, who was an absolute whirlwind in the free weight area. Charlene taught her exercises that were challenging and new. Charlene corrected her technique and gave clear coaching points, she gave her the time and support to learn and practice the exercises that were less familiar. As a result, her technique improved… and she learned a LOT more about freeweight exercises.
Then on the final assessment weekend of the Level 3 PT course Sarah absolutely astounded us…
She had created her assessment plan using exercises that she had never dreamed would feel confident in instructing, she had used Back Squats, bench presses and lateral raises… all with a fantastic level coaching.
Sarah passed her assessment with flying colours and also left feeling confident that she could correct her client to achieve the right technique, even if hers wasn’t perfect.
Maybe perfectionism this is stopping you too?
Do you feel that you need to have Perfect Technique As a Personal Trainer?
Maybe you feel that you have to have 100% perfect technique as a personal trainer and that clients will only want to train with you if you can already do it perfectly.
That you can’t teach a press up to a client, because you can’t do a full press up yourself.
That you can’t teach a deadlift, because you can’t get your bum down very low.
That you can’t coach running, because your technique isn’t perfect or your arms flail around like Phoebe from Friends.
What if I don’t have Perfect Technique As a Personal Trainer
Just know that it’s okay to train your clients even if you’ve not mastered every single exercise in the exercise library.
You are work-in-progress and you know how to get your clients into the most effective technique for that exercise.
There is often a massive internal need to be perfect, and do everything the perfect first time, including having perfect technique as a personal trainer. This means that when there is something we don’t feel is perfect, we avoid doing it all together!
My biggest advice is… JUST START! and don’t worry about being the master of all exercises first!
Just like Sarah, you need to try the things that you are less confident with. You need to do these exercises in order to improve.
Watch our short video: Do You Need Perfect Technique As a Personal Trainer?
Drop a comment below what exercise is it, that you’ve not fully mastered the technique for, and a little bit worried that this will affect your performance as a coach?
If you are looking to become a personal trainer, but your biggest worry is that you need to be PERFECT in :
- your technique for exercises
- being able to plan for a goal
- your fitness levels or physique
Then just like with Sarah’s story above, you need to START NOW, gradually practice the things you are less confident and get the support of someone else.
Don’t let perfectionism stop you from following your dream to become a personal trainer, there are a lot of lessons that you will encounter along your path to qualification… and it won’t be perfect first time 🙂
Join us on our next Level 3 New Personal Trainer Course and become and outstanding PT. https://revision.parallelcoaching.co.uk/become-a-personal-trainer
Dedicated To More
Hayley ‘not so perfect’ Bergman
PS – Oh AND whenever you’re ready… here are 3 ways I can help you
1. Check out my FREE online training
3 Secrets Exposed To Decide What Personal Trainer Course Is Best For You [Webclass Replay] https://parallelcoaching.co.uk/decide-what-personal-trainer-course-is-best-for-you
2. Click the link to find out about our next Level 3 New Personal Trainer Course and become and outstanding PT. https://revision.parallelcoaching.co.uk/become-a-personal-trainer
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