I AM inerTRAIN: Becoming a better trainer

Being in the fitness business for the last 28 years, I have come to realize my practice is more than just a job; it’s my passion. My clients are my top priority and their successes are my life’s work.

On the surface, my job is to train clients, but I like to view my training as a physical metaphor for habits and attitudes that will foster success in all areas of life. The lessons learned through physical training are universally applicable to all endeavors. Perseverance, sacrifice, self-control, discipline, integrity, honesty, and commitment are all learned in the gym. Mastering these things will improve not only training but also all aspects of life.

Motivating clients to reach their goals requires that I become involved in their lives, sharing good conversation, ideas, and knowledge. I like to think that I am a personal friend of nearly every one of my clients. But ultimately, I, like many personal trainers, have always wanted to reach more clients to be able to share this knowledge as broadly as possible. With inerTRAIN, we can do just that.

When I was first approached with the idea of virtual training I thought, how can this work? Personal training is about being personally there, so how can you do that online?

I thought about the idea a lot, and then one evening while drifting off to sleep, it hit me! Not only is it possible to do it, but I now think it is possible to do it far better than traditional personal training. Think about it this way: if a person loses his or her sight, the other senses will become far more acute. Blind people can hear things most people cannot, they can pick up scents that others are not even aware of, and they can even read with their fingers!

So now imagine that a trainer is training a client online. The trainer is forced to find other ways to communicate his or her thoughts, ideas, and instructions. The trainer will actually become more in-tune to the client’s wants and needs because—without the ability to be in the same room with the client—the trainer must now really listen.

Trainers and clients can connect on a much deeper level because of the inerTRAIN system. Trainers will have the opportunity to answer clients’ questions with great confidence because now they have the time to prepare a complete and thorough response and utilize the resources that the inerTRAIN system provides, rather than being caught off guard during a face-to-face training session.

The more you think about this, the more you will understand what I am talking about. All of the important details will be remembered and considered in the online training environment; each and every client will get the same great personalized training experience. Most importantly, all clients will feel like they are their trainer’s only client, while accomplishing their fitness goals at a fraction of the cost of traditional face-to-face training.