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Gaining Confidence: Will I Be a Good PT?

When you first become a PT, you may ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Am I experienced enough?
  2. Will people think I am a good PT?
  3. What if I get things wrong?
  4. Will I be able to find enough clients to make a living?
  5. Are other PTs better than me?

These matters all come down to confidence in yourself as a personal trainer, and it is a small hurdle you need to cross. Once you are on the other side,  you will wonder why you worried so much.

Confidence and experience come down to one question: “Have I learned enough on the course I took to be as good a Personal Trainer as everyone else? “

The answer is, Yes!  If you listened well and passed your course to become a LEVEL 3 Personal Trainer, then Yes!

Whilst you are still undertaking your course, it is a good excercise to try and train everyone else on the course for at least one session. You will then have a very diverse range of experience to look back on.

Another great piece of advice is never to train anyone without having have done a consultation first. This way you will know everything about their goals, injuries and abilities before you train them. The more you know about a situation and the more you prepare for it, the fewer nerves and worries it will cause you.

If this is not enough to convince you, I will now waffle a bit and give you a step by step example of how to handle your first (and every) client:

  • You have found your first PT client, they are interested
  • You perform a consultation, not a PT taster, as you do not get to know them in a taster session

In a consultation you sit down and talk to your client for an hour, getting to know them first. It must be relaxed. Find out their goals, as well as their current fitness levels and any injuries they are suffering from or have suffered in the past.

Give them as much free information as you can. Talk them through their diet and any injury concerns. We give free PT documents with every order, which include an excellent consultation form. My sign-up rate after consultation is usually 99% effective.

  • Book in your first PT session (not free)
  • The first session should be fitness testing, so you can ascertain their fitness level

Test the following: 

  •  Press-up max
  • 1km run max
  • Body fat percentage
  • Circumferences
  • Lung strength
  • Flexibility

The client will enjoy this and find out how they compare and what level they should be.

  • By the time of your second session, you will know a lot about your client and it will be easy to plan an excellent fun session
  • You should repeat this testing every 4-6 weeks to keep your clients motivated


Please note:
This is offered as advice for Personal Trainers. No responsibility is accepted on our part for any losses or damages. Always use your professional knowledge on if or how to apply this advice to your business.
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