Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Trainers Unite

Every year I attend the CanFitPro Conference at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and every year I leave totally inspired and feeling so blessed that what I do is what I LOVE!

The conference includes so many choices of workshops, seminars and demonstrations that range in topics of interest so that the environment includes such a mix of people including: current fitness professionals, business owners, athletes, new mothers, the curious, and those looking to change careers. There is something about this industry which really extracts and attracts the best in all of us as humans with a capacity, a potential: to be the best we can be. And this is a great place to start.

This year, the sessions I attended were; 1)Post-Partum Planning, 2)Developing Your Corporate Appeal, 3) The Business of Personal Training - A Global Perspective and 4) Teaching Your Clients How to HIT and SIT Effectively. It's amazing what happens when a crowd of like minded people gather to discuss and explore deeper a passion which fuels the thirst for more knowledge and opportunity to share. Trainers are a special breed I believe. At times we speak our own language and most times you can pick us out from a crowd: usually sporting lycra or dri fit something, the water bottle + protein shaker cup, the honking stopwatch ready for intervals of sorts and of course the duffel bag or backpack to carry a change of clothes + tupperware of meals to get us through here and there and everywhere:-) Although what might set us apart from one another could be philosophy, education background or style of training, one element of who we are surely remains consistent: passion for what we do!!! It is very rare that you will EVER find somebody take on the role of Personal Trainer just for the money. And if that is the case even just for a short period of time, then that is as far as it gets-short period of time. It soon becomes evident that what seemed like a cool and easy job actually involves a whole other depth of being. Regardless of the actual act of hustling for clients, wacky hours, struggle for work/life balance and costs associated with ongoing education, certifications, insurance, marketing, commuting and no pay for sick leave or travel we still find a way to show up with enthusiasm and intention to motivate and PUMP YOU UP!!!