I have been teaching and assessing personal training course in Manchester and around the UK for a number of years and I still get exited about the first day. Hence this post… I am up early and was having a bit of reflective time and it landed on me that I have never really talked about what I do in terms of my delivery… So here we go here is what your first day on a personal training course with me would look like!
At the start of the day I normally get up nice and early, have breakfast and mentally prepare to meet the new group who I will be working with for the next 4-5 weeks. Now even though I have taught and assessed more students than I care to count I still have that mix of excitement and nervousness that I think gives that good level of pressure to perform. These guys have given up a great deal of their time and of course money to sit in a room (and in the gym) with me to learn how to become a personal trainer.
Once I get to the venue I get myself set up, computer on, lectures lined up, ready to greet the guys as they arrive this is a fun process you get a group of people together who on day one most of the time as with any new setting hard to spark that conversation with each other but by the end of the course most people are great friends and having an amazing laugh!
We start off with a bit of an ice breaker we all get to know each other and try and breakdown those first day nerves, I then talk for a while about the course… what I aim to do is answer all those questions that a learner may have about what is going to happen. Now I pull no punches and sometimes the gravity of the work than needs to be done can be a shocker, but… I pride myself on getting everyone through, you pull your weight and I will too!
We then have our first break, and that is normally coffee time!! The rest of the day is then spent looking at some of the theory side of the course I generally look at anatomy and physiology in the AM then move onto a bit of training theory in the afternoon. We make this as much fun as we can with many lively discussions sparking off… as you are all aware there are so many opinions when it comes to anything fitness related!
The fact there is theory on a personal training course can be a shocker for some as theory is not what some people expect on a personal training course… but you have to understand the theory to be able to put it into application. Now that is day 2!
If this has got you thinking about entering the fitness industry or personal training courses just get in contact, as people who I have taught will agree I will tell you the pro points (and there are many) and the warts (like any industry we have a few of those too)!