For those of you who read the title of this Linkdin missive expecting a wry tounge in cheek commentary on instafame and the rise of the online Personal Trainer, prepare to be disappointed.
No, I am not here to shoot down the likes of Joe Wicks (John Wick?). Perhaps Industry luminaries such as Nick Mitchell have vehemently expressed such sentiment already….goodness, I’m naming names and we’re only 68 words in.
I have grown rather tired of chasing down myriad Health Clubs, Gym Chains, Wellness Centres, New Concept-Well being Centres, academies of excellence, exciting PT opportunities, home income sure things and hey, Thank You but no thanks for the brief 30 minute video outlining what your product is about. I didn’t ask for it, and if it’s so good (which I’m sure it is) you don’t need me to sell it for you.
In short dear reader, I am looking for a salaried Fitness Industry related role in either the UAE or South East Asia.
Let this be my ultimate Cover Letter, let this define me both personally and professionally. Let this be my denouement, my final word and if necessary, my epitaph. From now on, you, the employer, will fight over me.
What follows are 10 qualities/motivators/observations I believe to be true and embody with passion and commitment.
Personal Trainers are such fragile things. Egos mercilessly slain like a bad GOT Ed Sheeran cameo by the merest suggestion of physical imperfection.
They say age brings wisdom. Personally speaking the jury is still out, however age certainly brings a level of comfort in one’s self, which in turn brings a more comfortable, affable approach to new client generation.
The greater majority of my client base are, demographically speaking, 40 + professionals. At 37, I find a natural empathy with clients who simply want to improve their wellbeing. I have more than a vested interest in wellbeing and longevity myself (more on this later) and here’s the kicker, the 40+ market is furtive ground.
2: A resilience to the slavish following of fitness trends.
How many times has it been now?
You have walked into your health club and witnessed a PT client Flipping Tyres, box jumping, medicine ball slamming and burppeeing their way to the ultimate physique?
Let’s be perfectly clear, every exercise, every modal of fitness has it’s place in a considered exercise programme, when it justifiably suits programme aims.
However it has become common place to use such exercises as perfunctory place holders in lieu of less glamourous yet ultimately more useful exercises to the client.
Some (i stress some, perhaps…few..) PT’s reliance (and perhaps even on occasion laziness) has resulted in session content that panders to de rigueur exercise selection at the expense of considered, bespoke exercise selection.
I pledge my already ongoing commitment to safe and effective programme selection based upon client needs/attributes/capabilities.
3: My business is buoyant, my clients have been notified, I’m good to go within a month.
Not I great deal to expand on this one. You win me over, you can start me almost immediately.
4: I have Fitness Industry experience in Tokyo and Dubai.
You may have read my Linkdin Bio already.
And if indeed You have, you already know I have travelled in my line of work….but what does that really mean? 🤔
Well allow me to expand perhaps even inform you, dear reader upon the significance of my experience of cultural sensitivity.
Let us take my time at Gold’s Gym Tokyo in 2008 as an example;
During this period, I freelanced at the Harajuku, Gold’s Gym.
As a humble Gaijin working in a Japanese Health Club I could only ever hope to observe, practise and respect the cultural etiquette (which believe or not extended beyond bowing profusely). Examples included the covering up of tattoos, taking off shoes before entering changing areas, a strict adherence to both wiping down and returning weights (who would have figured) and absolutely no picture taking. (Apologies to my 800 Instagram followers).
Gold’s Gym Harajuku had a uniquely cosmopolitan member base and often the aforementioned customs were alien to the diaspora of multi national Gym Faithful. Failure to respect Gym etiquette could result in offense or, in extreme cases having membership revoked.
In return for your respect and cooperation however one would enjoy a standard of professionalism and customer care completely unsurpassed anywhere in the western Gymisphere.
The on duty Trainers would stand attentively (with a typical Japanese Stoicism) ready to immediately assist members with their training. Be it spotting a bench press or form checking a Lunge, a member need not even ask for assistance before being met with a friendly smile, offer of help and yes, a bow.
I promise you, the employer, my consideration and respect of local cultural sensibilities and a Japanese level of customer care (That’s really high).
This leads nicely onto No 5….
5: I have never and will never use my phone during a PT session.
No Brainer? Well you would think so wouldn’t you?
Over the course of an average working week I frequent maybe 5 different Gyms/health clubs and I still see this offense being committed.
Personal Trainers that type away on their IPhones while blithely counting down from 10 at their quietly confounded client are disrespecting first and most obviously the paying client, the Gym in which they work and the profession they have chosen.
To those offenders I say, hand in your badge/cape….spandex.
6: But Paul….how would you begin to train a client back to Fitness after suffering an ACL tear incurred from skiing down a Triple Black Diamond slope in Mont Blanc while 7 months pregnant with Quadtuplets who doesn’t enjoy exercise?
Well, interview me, and I’ll give my considered approach.
7: Personal Training isn’t just about helping people achieve better Health, Fitness and wellbeing; it’s business too!
I work well with targets. Indeed I have worked in Health Club environments with targets as high as 160 – 180 PT sessions per month.
I have not only met these targets but met them whilst retaining a high standard of session delivery and results driven programme planning.
I am a highly self motivated individual and I currently maintain a healthy Freelance Client base.
My years of experience have taught me valuable lessons in how to deal with peaks and troughs and shoring up business as it were during quiet periods. I.e School Holidays, Ramadan.
I promise you, the employer to approach every day of business with vitality, enthusiasm and passion for the job at hand.
There’s always room for personal and professional growth, and so it is that I acknowledge I still have plenty of capacity for both.
The deal I would like to strike with you is simple, I will give you the product of 20 years of Fitness Industry experience and my commitment to delivering results, you will provide the opportunity to progress within the company and nurture my career growth.
At an ever so slightly austere 37 years of age I feel I have reached an inflection point in my professional life. There is one more hugely important motivator in my life I have as yet not mentioned….
9: I’m a father.
Make no mistake, my daughter, who has only just passed the 1 year mark is the most important person in my life.
As many of you will surely know, and as cliché as this will sound, being a parent changes your whole outlook on life.
It pulls into focus what is truly important in life, it forces you to take stock of where you are, professionally, financially. With this, a great degree of introspection unfurls into a search of the better man you know you must now become.
I decided a long time ago I did not want to be a part of the United Kingdom, my home nation. I have been fortunate to have visited and lived in more enlightened, prosperous and forward thinking parts of the world.
In a globalised world of increasing financial and cultural homogeneity the UK is becoming increasingly insular in it’s politics and outlook.
I want for both myself and my daughter a chance to be a part of the wider world.
To better understand my ambition I would recommend reading Malcom Gladwell and for those that have I would simply say I aim to be one of life’s ‘Outliers.
10: I’m really good at what I do.
……I’m really good at what I do.
Thank You for your attention!
Leave comments underneath, flattering or otherwise. Any questions I have raised please message me privately and I will be happy to address them in more detail.
Then hire me…..
….Oh, and check out my Instagram! (Tapau79).