From Personal Trainer to Personal Training Manager
Personal Trainers work hard throughout their career to be successful and excel at helping their clients get results. Typically when this happens in a fitness club environment these personal trainers move up in the ranks (just like in any other company structure) into a management role. Unfortunately, the majority of them aren’t prepared or ready for the change in roles or the new skills required to be a good Personal Training Manager. What typically makes for a great personal trainer doesn’t always translate to a management role. For example, unless a personal trainer were to have management training from a previous career or took a management consulting course in school they would not have the tools to attack this new job role effectively. Personal Training management courses are not common and most small to medium fitness clubs don’t have the resources to offer that training in-house. In a nutshell, this is a tough situation to be in (although a tremendous opportunity if you can overcome the initial challenges!
In this week’s episode of the Fitness Insight podcast Pharoah Kafele (www.puravidaclub.com) and Andrea Oh (www.todaysfitnesstrainer.com) discuss the reality of dealing with this transition from personal trainer to PT Manager, their own experiences dealing with this tough situation and how others in their industry have coped (or not). They also discuss:
- How to transition into a management role and maintain respect of your personal training team.
- Understanding the vision of the fitness club (and ownership) while still communicating the needs of the personal training team.
- The skills PT Managers need that most personal trainers don’t naturally have.
- How to build great personal training teams.
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