So you want to be in the Fitness Business

Before you take the plunge, here are a few things you should know.

It’s not glamorous, the money isn’t great, the hours can be unsociable, praise can be in short supply and you won’t be working with many athletic types.

Still with me? Great, then let’s proceed.

“If you want to touch the past, touch a rock. If you want to touch the present, touch a flower. If you want to touch the future, touch a life.”

A good fitness instructor can touch lives, sometimes even save them.

He can boost self-esteem, manage depression and anxiety and make someone stronger (mentally and physically).

He can prevent a stroke, alleviate back pain and rehab a knee.

She can make someone who is lonely feel wanted and someone who is angry feel calmer.

She can relieve stress and create a little sunshine in an otherwise dull day.

He can create hope where there is none and provide a shoulder to cry on when shoulders are in short supply.

He can help someone sleep better, live better and love better.

She can be a bully at times and a cheerleader at others.

He can help someone drop two dress sizes and someone else gain two shirt sizes.

She’s a drill sergeant, a councilor, a confident, a role model, a friend and a teacher.

And, providing he’s engaged with his audience, every night when he goes to sleep he can do so, knowing that he has made a difference.

There’s just one thing that he has to do: and that’s make sure that he knows the people in his charge intimately - their goals, their dreams, their hopes and their fears. That’s all the people, all the time, not just the twenty percent he likes.

Or he can sit on his tush waiting for opportunities to divulge all the great stuff he knows. And I can tell you from experience that he’ll be waiting a very long time.

Why? Nobody cares what you know until they know that you care.

Never was the role of an instructor better summed up than by the late great Zig Ziglar: “You can have everything you want in life if you just help enough people get what they want in life.”

If you want to know more about the soft side of being an instructor read “The Interactive Instructor” written by Kris Tynan and published by Lifetime.

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