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Top 5 Daily Tasks of a Certified Personal Trainer

Although I would love to say that we certified personal trainers are #livingthedream every hour of every workday, what we do IS after all our job. There are aspects of it that never thought of until I was all up in the grind. Since I want you to be prepared if/when you become a personal trainer, today I’m sharing the top 5 daily tasks of a certified personal trainer.

Recruiting Clients

Many entry level personal training jobs require that trainers find clients by “working the floor” of the gym. This means that if they see someone working out, they may offer suggestions on their form and a free session in the hopes of enticing them to buy a package or upgrade to a PT membership. It’s a right of passage for many beginning on the path to a solid fitness career.

Scheduling Sessions

Once you recruit clients, you must make sure that they are regularly scheduled to attend sessions with you. Most make this process seamless by using a third party scheduling software like MindBody or Pike13. They integrate directly with Google Calendar and iCal so you don’t have put in the legwork twice. Smart trainers book out all sessions in advance, ideally on the same days and times every week. It helps clients stay consist and makes it a lot easier for you to plan your schedule too.

Program Design

Because I’m a research and processes nerd, this is probably my favorite part of job. I get excited when I’m putting together new workouts, especially when I have the time and flexibility to be as creative as possible! Workouts are designed based on:

  • Client Goals
  • Client Abilities
  • The Tools/Equipment Available

I based my 15 Full Body Workouts on the equipment I had available to me at Equinox. Although I use it mainly to teach my most engaging group fitness class, Damage Control, I have often borrowed and cut the workouts down to use with 1:1 clients.

Training Sessions

Helping others achieve their goals through exercise is the reason many trainer hopefuls enter the field in the first place. Although the build up may be slow at first, many are able to build a full schedule of training clients, leading sessions 4-6 hours a day, 5-6 days a week. Session types may vary widely from delivering a 60 minute high intensity sweat session to providing tailored mobility work and myofascial release.

Pro Note: Contrary to what some may think, this DOES NOT involve working out with your client. Much of the work is demonstrating exercises and correcting our clients’ form.

This is where we get to really impact the lives of others, so it’s natural that this is a part of the job that trainers live for đŸ’“

Follow Up

Last but not least, there is a lot of follow up to stay in touch with clients. This is to

  1. Check in after a tough session or a missed session
  2. Send between-session homework
  3. Share educational materials and nutrition plans
  4. Deliver program announcements

When you look at the range of tasks a personal trainer does, it’s easy to see why many in the field are beginning to use the title Fitness Coach. Our work involves so much more than just training sessions. We coach people on how to improve their lives, one workout or meal at a time.



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The 15 Full Body Workouts Guidebook Is Here! PDF Included

One thing I hear from students all the time is that they wish they knew what to do on their own on days they don’t come to class. So many people have the motivation to get themselves to the gym, but the challenge is coming up with an efficient, effective routine they can perform. That’s why I decided to put together an e-book!

15 Full Body Workouts

As the title suggests, 15 Full Body Workouts contains 15 workouts designed to tone every single muscle in your body in 50 minutes or less. Each workout is in the oh-so-popular high intensity interval training (HIIT) format, which means you can burn more in this short session that you would completing the same exercises in a rep-based style.

Here’s how the workouts are organized:

  • Suggested Warm-up: Complete this portion on your own for 4-5 minutes before using the template.
  • Core: These exercises engage your abdominals, your glutes, and other stabilizing muscle groups.
  • Sets 1 to 3: Your main block of sets are made up of strength exercises that work larger muscles (with a few exceptions). Many are compound movements, so you work multiple muscles at the same time.
  • Finisher: The name says it all. You’ll get most of your cardio here with a few essential core and strength exercises peppered in.

Each set is run at an interval of 50:10. That’s 50 seconds working and 10 seconds transitioning or resting. The finisher is a five minute AMRAP, which means you have to complete As Many Rounds As Possible in the allotted amount of time.

Why I Created the E-Book

When I teach, I like to write my workouts on the mirror with a dry erase marker, so I can create a smooth and relatively seamless experience during class. At the end, students frequently ask if they can take a picture of the workout, so they can add it to their regular routine. My answer is always “Absolutely!” I’m honored that they enjoy my workouts so much! But I wanted to make it easier for them to access them in an easy-to-read format (rather than my chicken scratch on the mirror…haha). Thus 15 Full Body Workouts was born!

Download the Guidebook

Without further ado, I present to you the guidebook. It’s completely FREE to download, so have at it!

Click Here to Download 15 Full Body Workouts

Note: There may be exercises you don’t recognize. To make it easier for you to use these workouts, I’ll be releasing videos demonstrating one block at a time on the My Life In Fitness YouTube Channel. Happy resistance training!

Your friendly neighborhood fitness instructor,

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