Personal Trainer Job Description
At my work place, I have a few job titles. These include personal trainer, group exercise instructor, and coach. My job description includes providing a “safe, positive, and encouraging environment that promotes member wellness”; “helping clients reach their health and fitness goals by developing personalized workout programs”; “lead fun, energetic, safe, and educational group classes.” These are just some basic descriptions of my job expectations.
The Unofficial Job Description of a Personal Trainer
In real life, as a personal trainer, instructor and coach, what I really am is a friend, a counselor, or a shoulder to cry on. I’m a motivator, cheerleader, and the one who won’t let you quit when it’s hard. I’ve also been the person to pray with you right in the middle of the gym, or the ear to just listen when you need to vent. I’m the person who helps you see things from a different perspective; and the person who helps you believe in yourself. I’m the one who tells you to suck it up and keep moving forward. As Charles L. said once, “You don’t always tell me what I want to hear, but you always tell me what I need to hear.”
Why I Do What I Do
I love my clients! For me, being a personal trainer doesn’t feel like a job! Every book pictured above represents a current active client. In each book, there is a personalized workout that tracks their progress; I help clients reach their health and wellness goals. I take the “personal” in personal training very seriously!
My clients inspire me to want to be a better trainer! I have the privilege to work with people who have physical and mental disabilities to include cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, cognitive birth disorders, debilitating hand and feet conditions such as de Quervain’s tenosynovitis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Needless to say my job is very rewarding. I get embarrassed when clients try to give me the credit for their health improvements; they’re the ones doing all the hard work! I appreciate it when clients share their blood test results with me and they’ve had great improvements in their cholesterol levels or their hemoglobin A1C levels. I’ve had clients tell me they’ve had improvements in their bone density scores! I celebrate with clients when they send me messages like this one from Haley S. that said, “I just want to share with you that I’ve lost 17 pounds since your class!!”
When you’re in the business of people, it’s hard to be home and not be around people! In our current condition, I know that my job is not “essential”. However, I also know that what I do matters to the people I work with on a daily basis. It’s difficult to get across in words how passionate I am about my clients and my job. I’m not extremely comfortable in front of a camera, but I hope someone out there will get use out of my YouTube videos. I’m not the most elegant writer, but I hope someone out there will gain inspiration through my blog posts.
I don’t always know what path God is leading me on, but I do know that He has equipped me to help people move, live, and feel better. When I started this blog back in December I didn’t really know what I was doing; I have so much to learn still! My hope and prayer is that these written words will end up in front of people who need help on their journey. The journey is hard! Our senses are overloaded with false promises about weight loss and having the perfect beach body. As for me, my personal goal is not to have the perfect body (too many stretch marks anyway). My health and wellness journey is about having a healthy mind, body, and spirit. Stay safe – Jennifer