Guess what?I found a job! I’ll be starting out as a fitness consultant and shadowing trainers during my shift. Once I’ve gotten enough clients as a consultant and established a reputation at the gym in general, I can transition over to personal training.
You might be wondering why I don’t just start out as a trainer. Simple: The trainers at the gym have to sell fitness packages themselves. Plus, they only make money when they’re training people; thus, it would be very difficult for me starting out. As a fitness consultant, I’ll receive a salary and commission for selling gym memberships. In the meantime I’ll be able to acquaint myself with the gym and practice spotting and giving out advice on proper exercise technique to the gym’s members. I can also give out advice on nutrition and all of that other fun stuff.
Now I did have another interview at a gym where I had to, on the spot, put together a short program for three different client scenarios. At this gym you can get clients yourself, but they also hand them to you.
One huge thing I learned from this mock interview is that no amount of studying can prepare you for what will happen out in the field. In fact, the head trainer I was creating the mock workouts for gave me a few anecdotal stories that hammered that point home. One example would be obese clients who can’t hold a plank for even five seconds because of the amount of their own weight they have to support. I definitely didn’t learn that from the books.
You might also be wondering why I don’t give this gym a chance. Well, I really want to. However, having an assured salary while being able to learn from someone else first will allow me to give my future clients the best possible experience. I’ll be able to learn what to do and what not to do before I even train my first client. I’ll feel much more confident being able to work with a variety of people. After all, the mock interview was the most nerve-wracking thing I have ever done in my life. Usually I can get over my nerves once I start something, like an author presentation; however, I couldn’t settle my nerves at all. There was just no way to prepare for this mock interview. So it was a great experience, one I learned so much from.
Before I even went to the interview, I looked up all sorts of tips on preparing for a mock workout. There were hardly any! It was just people giving out non-specific advice, advice you can use for any interview, so here I am offering my own tips specifically for the mock workout portion.
You probably are going to be nervous during the mock workout, but see it as fun. See it as
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The views expressed on this blog are entirely my own. Any advice I offer is not to be taken as medical advice. If you think you have contraindications to exercise, please see your physician before implementing any sample workout plans I present on this blog.
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