Ive been a personal trainer for over two years now, but having just recently graduated, for the first time I am personal training ‘full time’. There’s a misconception that being a PT is all about watching people workout for a few hours a day and getting paid royally. For this reason, it’s becoming an increasingly attractive profession! So if you’re considering working in fitness and becoming a personal trainer, I thought I would share what an average day is really like!
5.50am – Alarm goes off. What follows is the usual struggle that every other working person experiences; the inevitable snoozing of the alarm, the struggle to find matching socks with one eye still glued shut, and then the mad rush out the house ten mins later than planned…I won’t bore you with the details.
6.30am – Leave the house and head to the gym.
7am – I usually keep 7am free for my own training, but occasionally I will have a client or will just completely fail to wake up and have to squeeze my training in elsewhere. When my alarm doesn’t fail me, training first thing sets up the day right! If I leave it till later, after just a few sessions with clients i’ll be slightly sick of being in the gym environment and will have no motivation for my own training. That’s one of the few downsides of being a PT, you use all your excitement and enthusiasm for training up on your clients and when it comes to your own session, you feel like you’ve already worked out multiple times!
8am – Client no. 1. This is my favourite part of the job. Training clients is great! It’s exciting to see the progress of your client and to watch them smash through their sessions. But, occasionally your client will be having a bad day and you will have to use all of your energy to get them motivated! This can be physically draining, but it is worth it. A good trainer doesn’t get to sit and shout orders, we’re constantly racking and unracking weights, correcting form and following complicated programming, all whilst fighting off other gym goers trying to steal your weights…
9am – Break. This is when I have breakfast and most importantly, coffee. I usually use this time to catch up on
Instagram, current affairs too.
10-12pm – More clients.
12-5pm – This is usually remote working time for me and my laptop. I try to keep it free so that I can dedicate four or five hours to working on clients programming, my fashion business or my blog. However, a few days a week, this time will be used on shift at the gym. As a PT you can pay rent (which is a lot in London), or do shifts to train clients out of the gym. I currently choose to do the latter. This means four hours of manning the gym floor, running classes and the most glamorous; cleaning.
5-9pm – Evening clients. The evenings are prime time for training clients and this is why I so rarely see the inside of a bar or pub!
9.30pm – Arrive home. I usually get home, eat and unwind a little before heading to bed.
10.30/11pm – Catch some Zzz’s
Photography by Michaela Efford