Why wouldn’t you want to train at a place like this? Source: https://s3-media1.fl.yelpcdn.com/bphoto/sudPH_gPYD7GMqaT9idYuA/o.jpg
That was simply because I was the best. I lifted for like ~4ish years then. I read bodybuilding.com, T-nation, and watched Omar Isuf’s calves not grow. No one knew more than me. I could squat, bench, and deadlift with passable form. I could tell people to do 3×10 of everything!
Image for postBut seriously, just think about it for a second. Where else can you, a new trainer, probably new to the fitness industry as a whole, work with such a wide range of people, learn from a wide range of trainers, and be pushed to grow your little to zero sales skills?
That’s right, a commercial gym.
I’ve been at the same gym for the entirety of my first two years as a personal trainer. I’ve worked with a bunch of people and worked with a bunch of people, all who I’ve been thankful to be with, because they’ve all taught me something different and valuable to take forward onto my training career and life in general.There’s no way for me to squeeze two years worth of knowledge and experience into an article that like…two of you will read, so here’s my top five lessons from training in a commercial gym:Find your specialtyThis applies to everyone in all aspects of life. The guy who trained me to be a cashier when I first started working at Home Depot actually said it best when a customer asked him a question,“I know a little about a lot and a lot about a little”I don’t know if that was originally from him, or from someone else, but it still stuck with me years later.
You can’t be the best at everything, but you can be the best at your thing. Figuring out what your thing is may take time, or you might naturally fall into it. Either way, start by trying out a bunch of different training styles and see which you’re most interested in, or are naturally best at. I thought I wanted to train people to the point where they could get on stage, but less than a year later, I found out I was best at coaching and correcting movement patterns in the big three (squat, bench, deadlift), probably just due to the reason that the only thing I do is squat, bench, and deadlift.A “side” specialty, which I actually appreciated much more was getting people to touch weights and get over their fears and anxieties of the weight room. Even after they stopped training with me, I noticed they were much more confident in reaching for dumbbells and bars instead of machines.Simply put, whether you’re into calisthenics, powerlifting, body re-composition, or whatever it may be, be sure to learn everything you can about it and obtain the proper certifications and qualifications before teaching it to others.