3. Practice what you preach - Prove it
Most trainers (if not all), online and off, are judged by their looks (at least initially). It sucks, and it’s not fair. Lots of perfectly qualified coaches don’t quite look the part. And lots of complete morons are shredded out of their (empty) minds.
But there’s a logic to it. When the majority of your clients have appearance-based goals, it’s natural to assume a trainer with the physique they aspire to knows how to help them achieve it.
An online trainer can win people over with charisma and empathy, and of course nothing speaks more forcefully than impressive client transformations. But it’s hard to get clients to give you a chance when there’s a disconnect between your appearance and your expertise.
Clients who want to be lean and muscular aren’t likely to hire a coach who isn’t lean and muscular. Weight loss clients won’t expect you to be shredded (and might be intimidated if you are), but they do expect you to look healthy and represent their goals.
Put in the work, and get in the best shape you can.
4. Clear your calendar be antisocial
Be prepared to work extremely hard at the beginning of your transition from gym to internet.
Writing, shooting videos, and posting on social media takes time. And if you’re trying to build an online presence while still maintaining a full client load in the gym (which no one is at the moment so you have plenty of time to be productive), you must adopt a hustler’s mindset. Other parts of your life have to become a lower priority for a while.
Keep an eye out for more tips coming your way with Part 2 of how to become an online Personal Trainer.