Are You Running on Empty?


Preventing Personal Trainer Burnout

The number one challenge faced by Personal Trainers is lifestyle balance. The desire to help more people, work more hours, build a new business and become a leader in our field leads many to ill health, dis-ease and there is a heavy price to pay once you are burned out. Your health, wealth and relationships will ALL suffer unless YOU the trainer learn about lifestyle balance. It is in this balance that your health soars, your income increases and your relationships strengthen. 




Yes, sustainability is a buzzword, but it’s a vital feature in the life of a personal trainer, especially one who earns six-figures. Note the word ‘life’.


First, what does sustainability mean? It is a description used to express the absence of depleting energy from the source, so that the source can continue to produce. You are that source. Sustainable systems support long-term, ongoing thriving. You can thrive.


We hear about sustainability regarding the environment, but it is also essential to have sustainable lifestyles, emotionally and physically.



But people who earn six-figure incomes work around the clock, don’t they?


No, they do not.


They create sustainable lifestyles in which they prioritize themselves.


They model that sustainability.  


They move healthily toward substantial monetary rewards.


Here's the key to prevent burnout. You MUST create your schedule in this order (you are likely scheduling in reverse right now. It won't last for long...)


First: Schedule YOUR life. Every day. You first. Include:  

  • 6-8 hours of sleep.
  • 30-60 minutes of physical activity.
  • Necessary meal and prep time.
  • 30 minutes of reading—we’re not talking Harlequin Romance, okay? See list below**.
  • Time for quiet reflection. Start at 2 minutes and work up to 30.


Next: Prioritize family/friends. Date night, pillow talk, play time, dog-park, family dinners, lunch visits.


Last: Career. Planning, participation, email, phone, appointments, travel-time.


To pull it all together, you create a daily ritual.


Here's a few suggestions:


Good Morning. When you wake, state at least five things for which you are grateful. Say these things out loud. Stretch in bed and begin your day in a state of appreciation.


Do not use your phone before breakfast. Yes, breakfast. You know, that meal you eat before you use your phone.


If you are serious about making a successful career, invest the time in yourself, and create a sustainable lifestyle. Choosing ‘one’ cookie or ‘one’ television show is balance. Social media is like sugar, tobacco, and cocaine: addictive. Obsessions develop. Goodbye successful opportunity.


Driving School


And when you’re driving, listen to audio books. plugs into your car. All that is needed is to make a rule that when you’re driving you’re listening to audio books. The car becomes a classroom. A university for self-growth.


Start with a few of my fav's:

  • The Power of intention - Dr. Wayne Dyer
  • Rich Dad Poor Dad - Robert Kyosaki
  • The Secret - Rhonda Byrne
  • 7 Habits of Highly Successful People - Stephen Covey
  • 15 invaluable laws of growth - John Maxwell


Scheduling Roadblocks


It’s extremely common for gyms to ask you to work a split shift: 5-9 a.m.and 4-9 p.m. This is completely unrealistic for most people, though some will say, “I can do it for the short-term.”


The thing is, it looks great on paper, but the in-between time never works. Yes, it’s in the gym’s best interest to request this. They might even ask you just to take it on for a little while. But if you do it ‘short-term’, and end up with dedicated clients at 6 a.m. and at 8 p.m., the plan will never be short-term because you’ll be committed to those clients at each end of the workday.


Say no right away. No is a complete sentence. No.


Claim your life. You have a life. You are supposed to be modeling healthy well-being, so choose only one of those shifts.


You are in charge of you, so it’s important to promote what works for you which, in essence, is a win/win/win for you, your employer, and your client. As the manager of your life, you have a responsibility to manage yourself.


Good Night: what you think about before bed, you marinate in for the next six to eight hours. At bedtime, list your successes of the day. You’d never go out without brushing your teeth, so add this to your list of success rituals.


**As promised, a few of my fav paperbacks:

  • The Compound Effect - Darren Hardy
  • Supreme Influence - Niurka
  • Awaken the Giant Within - Tony Robbins
  • The Four Agreements - Miguel Ruiz
  • Secrets of the Millionaire Mind - T. Harv Eker


Now, you may be thinking you can skip a few of these priority setting points.



YOU First

Then Family/Friends

Then Career.


This process has worked for me for over two decades. Whenever I didn't schedule me first, I failed every time. As soon as I prioritize ME, I have unlimited energy, and I am able to help more people, leading to success for everyone. 


Plan some time for YOU, so you can give to others. Isn't helping others why we wanted to be a Personal Trainer to begin with? 

Andrea ThatcherComment