After going through another round of hiring and bringing on a new member of the training team, I figured I'd put a note out to all current and future health and wellness professionals - be sure you are living what you're preaching.
What does this mean in our industry? It can probably be summed up in five simple notes:
5. Take an interest in your appearance. If you want to be considered a professional - then look like it.
4. Be punctual. Just like the above note, you won't be taken seriously as a professional if you don't act it.
3. Be engaging. If I'm bored by you in an interview... I'll assume the client will be as well.
2. Maintain a high level of fitness. I'll add that you must also look fit, as well - which some might say is unfair, that you don't need to be fit in order to coach someone. Frankly, I think that's a cop-out used by unfit or overweight trainers who don't like being held accountable. Would you listen to a doctor telling you to quit smoking if they're puffing on a cigarette while they tell you that?
1. Be humble, and always continue learning. The minute you think you know enough is the minute you plateau. I've been doing this for 10 years, and every year it seems like there's more to learn than the one before...
I don't think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday. (Abraham Lincoln)