The personal trainer is the health professional of the future. In the next 5 years, your personal trainer or team of personal trainers will be the ones that you go to for advice on improving your health. With health care going the way it is, prevention will be the key to longevity and quality of life.
Simply going to the doctor to get a script will not be your answer. Understanding how to workout, eat, rest, breathe, move better, and feel better will be your new script. This is tough to do on your own, so you will need a coach, a motivator, a leader. Someone who cares.
A personal trainer. Here is a message to personal trainers. With this comes added responsibility. We are no longer just meatheads that love to workout and then decide we want to become a trainer. We are highly qualified professionals that work on getting at least a 4-year degree and various certifications, we attend workshops, conferences, read books, write, and learn as much as possible on how to perfect our craft and help others. It is not just about counting sets and reps and telling our clients to eat chicken and broccoli. It is so much more than that. We are mentors, coaches, and leaders. Make sure you take this job seriously if you want to be taken seriously.
To all of the clients, the responsibility also falls on you. Right now only 17% of the population has a gym membership. Most of those gym memberships are only costing $10-$20. If you pay for a cheap gym membership, you get cheap service and results. The future of the gym membership will be looked at as an investment, not a cost. How can we spend more money on our cable bills and phone bills and less on our preventative health? You don’t have to break the bank on your gym membership and trainer, but you do have to reallocate your budget to improve your health.
Trainers, remember this: what you do matters. What you do changes lives. Take your job seriously. To everyone else, remember that you matter. You need to take your health into your own hands. It won’t be easy and it won’t be cheap. Just remember that you matter, so take care of yourself before it’s to late.