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Metatrainers: we do more for you than you think!

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Meta- definition: of second order, higher kind. Beyond.

We personal trainers do so much more than the obvious, even the invisible on the internal health level.

Yes, it’s widely already perceived and known that we help you get stronger, move better, leaner, bigger and that in the process, we get you healthier by means of exercise, but improving your nutrition, and in turn your vitals, so you do better at your annual physical, hopefully get off some meds etc.

Our influence on our clients extends far beyond that too. We are soundboards for your relationship troubles, dating coaches (seeing as we see many types of people and interact with them on intimate platonic professional levels, but still are privy to personal info), business advisors, trip planners, area experts, connectors/relationship builders, networkers etc.

Those of us who do not label ourselves “life coaches” actually are better life coaches than those who claim that gig, because we’re also business friends and do not charge you extra for that. We can sometimes hang out, participate in a Spartan Race or Tough Mudder together, grab a brewski during happy hour if time permits (those of us trainers with kids and a spouse are less flexible, but I remember those days).

Our interactions with people in all professions, our ongoing customer service, being constantly accountable for everything we do as it directly reflects our business with you, our dear clients, to continue delivering results, progress, advice is what make us metatrainers, “beyond” trainers, like metalanguage, metaphysics (and not metabolic trainers, which is too obvious a concept and clearly, way cheesier).

Tell me, who else in your professional and personal dealings offers you the vast umbrella of services and perspectives that we personal trainers and coaches offer? Looking for rules, not exceptions.

Remember this: we love what we do, and we do care about you sometimes more than you do about yourself. Very few of us are ever going to get rich doing this. Help us out by spreading the word to your friends, everyone needs a trainer at some point 😉


Trainers need to stop!

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I believe the lasting personal trainer goes through a variety of phases, before even potentially coming back full circle, professionally speaking.

At first, pre-training as a job, the individual is a fitness enthusiast seeking to earn a living doing what they love, helping others and looking for a reason to spend more time at the gym. Some get a special kind of calling, because their story (neck and spine injury in my case, much like going into martial arts was a result of bullying and low self-confidence) leads them there.

Then comes the certification (nationally accredited). Then, learning how to run a business (a little backwards, which is why if you are a budding trainer, don’t think you’ll figure it out without help, because you won’t do it well. Get a coach, join a box gym, learn the systems and how to sell, even if it’s by not selling with a pitch, though it helps some, if you’re new).

Then, the lasting trainer will seek more education, knowledge as well as acquire new tools for the trade, sometimes not provided by the box gym, other times to populate their boutique gym or their under the table clientèle outside the box gym and at a local park when they begin to branch out and think like a small business owner, while not quitting the day job.

Then, trainers become educators. Some try to immediately instill what they just learned over the weekend for a few thousand dollars, others will implement and apply slowly. Trainers also try to bridge the gap between physical therapy and training, afraid their injured client may go to a physical therapist that would take away their business, as the client would allocate funds other than to their training.

Truth is, delegating to a qualified and capable physical therapist and staying within the scope of the training practice is what keeps trainers in business: know where the training ends, and where the person you trust for body work needs to take over. That occupational therapist, physical therapist, massage therapist, “acupunctor” or other is going to make the training client better and will send them back to the personal trainer sooner.

While we are versed in restorative arts and corrective exercise, not all of us know how to fully help someone recover. We pass the baton or grab it whenever appropriate, expand our network of referrals, clients, prospects and strengthen our reputation with peers and the professionals offering treatments we don’t, so that our clients can continue training with us.

Trainers, know your scope, stay within it, with some crossover of knowledge, but don’t overextend your skill set to where it can become a liability.