Road to PT’ing: Passion Over Profit

The fitness and sporting worlds look very inviting, especially to the youth. No doubt, fitness and sport should have a place in all of our lives in some form or another but for the majority of people that take the pursuit of training, exercise and sport to be a career there will be very little acclaim to their name. In this post, I’d like to explain why personal training isn’t for you if you want to get to the bag and why you need to put a passion for helping people before getting to the bank.

I hope you’re well and thank you for taking the time to check into My name is Hanif and I’m a student of Personal Training, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Salafi Islam. I am getting ready for Ramadan like many Muslims around the world. If you will be fasting the month may Allah azza wa jal accept it from you and us all. At Criterion Fit we help men get into better shape and remedy common health issues through the prescription of exercise and we also offer nutritional/dietary coaching. If you’d like to know more hit our services button in the top menu.

I’ve almost always had an entrepreneurial spirit from buying and selling, flipping and today providing digital products and services that meet the needs of men in the fitness arena. Self-employment has given me the opportunity to set my own plan for the day, week, month and year. As a student of personal training, I see the reality of PT’ing more than ever, long hours with little return is the reality for many people in the industry but I believe Personal Training has real importance and as such Trainers need to show how valuable their time is in order to gain what they should. Of course, there are trainers that cut corners, undercut colleagues and make the industry look shady with no care for the principles they should stand by. This post is about why I like many men and women got into this field.

Quite simply, I enjoyed my time working with a personal trainer after years of living the gym zombie life. Aside from that, I found that my health issues including poor sleep were made to disappear within a short time and the sight of people working out to better themselves was motivating. I thought to myself this was the direction I’d like to take.

The money to be made in personal training wasn’t the big deciding factor for me at all. With time I began to see that there was actually a lot of money being splashed around and the influencer generation on youtube, Instagram and Snapchat of 2017 onwards let it be known that they were getting that doe. But that’s not what a Personal Trainer should focus on. The average man or woman doesn’t look like The Rock or Kim Kardashian, they don’t aspire to live that lifestyle when they have a partner and a child on the way, they just want to move better and feel better because of the stress and strain of work-life behind a desk and cramped space standing on a tube train are all too much. The average PT is helping real-life issues and to do this you have to want to help people (a reality I still may not fully comprehend).

What you see in the media is the flashy pull-in lines, clickbait that sells. The media and social influencers pay to look that way (with money and time). They have been training for a long time and airbrushing, photoshop skills and a gang of make-up artists all thrown in give the unsuspecting viewer the belief that looking like this is just daily life – all for the bag! I’m trying to stress here that if you’re getting into Personal Training because you want to look good on IG then buy photoshop and take some pictures in Harrods, you can employ a PT to help you achieve that. If you want to be a Personal Trainer to help people get on IG then cool, if you want to help people transform from obese to beast cool and if you want to help older people maintain their independence in later life cool – that’s what PT’ing is about.

I like to help people, charities and so on. Being a man of service is noble and if I can get paid to help that is a win. The times we are in are changing rapidly and how we earn a wage has also changed but passion in the right place will get you noticed without having to strip for the camera. I hope you found this post interesting and worth your time. To all the Personal Trainers I hope your passion for the skill is renewed and to those future PTs like myself I hope you gain success in really changing lives for the better.

Published by Hanif

Husband and Father helping Men in the U.K. and worldwide get into amazing shape with coaching and lifestyle change underpinned by authentic Islamic knowledge, current fitness techniques and the advancement of modern health discoveries.

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