5 TERRIBLE Reasons Personal Trainers are LEAVING the Fitness Industry

5 TERRIBLE Reasons Personal Trainers are LEAVING the Fitness Industry



personal trainers and other fitness professionals are leaving the industry for the wrong reasons what's up guys coming at you with another episode of the vlog here and this isn't an episode that I had planned but I came across a whole vein of content in the fitness industry when I was doing some research for another video that I'm gonna put out in a couple weeks and I just I had to talk on this topic I had to give you guys a little bit of insight into what I'm thinking here I came across a series of articles titled why I left the fitness industry and then I did a Google search where you know exact match surgery put the quotes on each side there are over 8,000 articles that have been written with the title why I left the fitness industry if you do just a generic broad search in Google for why I left the fitness industry you get over 207 million articles and that just struck me like in an industry that promotes health and wellness and and feeling good about yourself how could so many people have written about leaving this space and and I was working under the assumption that probably they weren't leaving just because they had to or they needed to but because something was wrong and I wanted to dig into it so I started to read these articles and I want to share with you five reasons that I found people are leaving the findit fitness industry that they absolutely are making the wrong decision that they're leaving for the wrong reasons [Applause] [Applause] all right terrible reason number one to leave the fitness industry is career advancement a bunch of these articles had this connotation that somehow once you become a personal trainer or you're working out commercial gym as a trainer that's kind of it that your career has ascended to its peak and there's nowhere else to go having spent just six months at metabolic I can tell you that is absolutely positively not the case there is an entire career path from personal trainers inside the fitness space whether they want to remain training and coaching or if they want to evolve that experience into managerial roles or ownership themselves or joining a larger organization and help perpetuating fitness inside that space there is so much you can do with this career and this isn't just something that people without college degrees do and the fact I think the opposite is actually true I've read a bunch of articles over like now that I have my college degree I'm going to move on to something else and I think that that we're kind of missing the point being a personal trainer is about helping people move forward about helping people feel better about themselves about helping them achieve their goals and I get that if you have a bachelor's degree in you know psychology or something you may not necessarily know how to apply those two but I see screw your college degree help people that's what's more important there is tons of space for advancement if you're looking to move forward in your career reach out to me I'll help you find something there's tons of opportunities inside of metabolic we're always looking for people that are ambitious and enthusiastic and hard-working and want to join our community and help people grow do not leave this industry because you feel like you don't have places to go that's the wrong reason to leave the second terrible reason for leaving the fitness industry is toxicity and oh my god I just I couldn't read this word anymore every single article referenced toxicity in particular internet trainers and Instagram trainers and how these individuals that we're leaving the industry felt that they are somehow you know disingenuous and they become disenfranchised with the toxicity of the industry I'm gonna read a couple quotes and guys in the comments below this video I have links to a lot of the articles that I used as reference these were just a sample of the articles that I found and the ones that I pulled codes for that I'm gonna read in here but here's one of the quotes I was so obsessed with fitness that I would send loved ones rude messages about being worried about their unhealthy lifestyles it was so dogmatic it was as though I was in a cult or I was trying to force everyone to join guys that's not a reason to leave you got to look inside yourself that's a new problem and granted maybe working in the fitness industry isn't is perpetuating that because of your internal issues but I just want you to know that wherever you go next if you haven't solved the issue that's causing you to do that thing this is you're gonna perpetuate it in whatever that next space is that's not the fitness industries fault and frankly if you love helping people and you're just you're just maybe overzealous or using the term that this person you dogmatic that's something you can work on but the fitness industry needs enthusiastic passionate people and you should not leave for that reason so I think what's happening here is people who have who are who are slightly broken inside are coming to Fitness thinking that the industry of fitness is going to fix them and finding out that that's not the case we have to fix ourselves whether just because we're personal trainers doesn't mean we're above you know trainers need trainers coaches need coaches leaders need leaders it's the way that it is in every aspect of your life regardless of what industry in and it's okay to be broken and help other people find their own strength that's okay as long as you're continue to work on yourself as well so don't think that somehow you you need to be held to a higher standard just because you're helping other people get fit or feel better about themselves or or improve their wellness or their health this isn't a reason to leave this isn't a reason to leave that toxicity that you feel that's in turn that's not that's not the industry that's that's you problem and by joining and helping and talking about it and be part of communities and talking to other trainers you can help work on that one that way you're feeling there's not a reason to leave terrible reason number three to leave the fitness industry that somehow by being a personal trainer you are associated with charlatans or individuals who do not have the proper training or knowledge to actually be doing training and I get that but again that's a new issue if you really believe in helping people and improving their wellness and helping them like find their strength that's what we say a medibot we're helping you find that strength whatever that looks like then who cares what other people are doing like let them do whatever they're gonna do maybe someday they figure it out maybe they're trying to fake it till they meet maybe they're doing their best and now you're judging this right like do you don't worry about everyone else I feel like that that's one of the main issues that I found from people who were leaving when I found us to tie all these things together that we're talking about today it's that too often were worth chastising in industry because we are struggling internally to not compare ourselves to others here's what I'm gonna tell you for anyone who's considering leaving Fitness for this reason you go work in insurance you're gonna be associated with the lowest common denominator you ER then you become a lawyer you're gonna be associated with the lowest common denominator a lawyer you become a doctor you're gonna be associated with the lowest common denominator doctor get over yourself do your work do you and don't worry about these people they'll be shaken out over the long game it's like help people that's what it's about and that's what the bat would care sue you're associated with you're always gonna be associated with the worst the worst version of yours today that's life that's just a terrible reason here's one more the majority of personal trainers are full of you're full of I'm full of everyone's full of get over it again I'm saying this to you because I want hard-working high quality fitness professionals in this space and again if you're struggling to find work you start going to find a place that you fit in and start going to find a place that is all about community and then come check out metabolic go to Train metabolic com that's what we do I'd love to talk to you all right the fourth terrible reason for leaving the fitness industry is profits here and this one this is what makes me laugh you have to make money and consumers choose where they want to go and I think that by by blaming organizations trying to make money I just feel like that's an excuse so you know some of the things I read were the time I spent working in this vibrant let me to believe that the fitness industry is not set up to help people it's set up to make money of course it's meant to set up and make money every business is set up to make money but that doesn't mean it's not also set up to help people like the kind of they can go hand in hand and I think it's very assumptive and and I and to use a word that many of these individuals used about all their fitness professionals I think it's disingenuous to act as if just because you're trying to make money you're not also trying to help people and there was a there was a really well-written article rebooted body calm had the link below talking about how Globo gym style workout facilities prey on inconsistency and then the author quotes the CEO of Planet Fitness on CNBC if you think about our business model and our marketing it's a marketing machine so every incremental remember that joins 9 percent of that dues goes back to marketing fueling the next member to join and what the CEO of Planet Fitness was doing was describing how they distribute the revenue that comes in like the percentage of incremental revenue that comes in and where it goes back into making sure that the business operates profitably I mean that's called being a CEO like those are just decisions you have to make just because 9 percent of dues goes back into marketing to bring new people in doesn't mean that there's anything wrong with that just because you don't like that there are mega-corporations which there are in every single space including nonprofits including you know insurance lawyers the baking industry every industry you know automobile industry every industry has mega players kind of medium regional players and small boutique players just because you're in a boutique place and you don't like the fact that there are large commercial enterprises well frankly that's just the nature of the game and consumers have to choose and it's not a reason to get out of the business and it's not profiteering things like and the last one is probably the one on the most empathetic to but ultimately think is a terrible reason to leave and that's body shaming and image shaming a very anti body or image shaming that that's not what I need or what I mean is because you're struggling with your body image it does not mean that you should leave the fitness industry if anything if that's a problem that you feel then I think what the world needs is to hear your message and hear how you're overcoming that or working through it or just how other people can relate to the emotions that you're having with that particular issue we've all struggled with it I've struggled with it everyone else my nickname in in middle school was fat boy hey this is everyone has dealt with these issues at different times in their life and I don't think it's a reason to leave I think it's a reason to stay and help fight and grow and help people understand how how they are at once beautiful in the moment but need to continue working to to help themselves be well and good and how that works and I know this is a huge issue but it's not a reason to leave it's a huge important issue that we that we need to help people with as fitness professionals it's not a reason to leave it's a reason to stay all right here's the rub on what has become a epically long episode of this show I read this take from a guy named Michael Keeler who's the co-founder of max fitness max Fischer fitness in an Manhattan New York he wrote this on an open letter to the fitness industry again linked below I want a space where I can fail and someone will be there to help me try again and remind me the failure is part of this process I want to be surrounded by fitness professionals who demonstrate empathy and lead by their own example of caring and kindness I want to try who makes me feel like I belong I do think this article sums up with so many of us in the fitness and show looking for and it's the simple idea of community I think that what what you know when when I read that article kind of blasting Planet Fitness that I referenced before on the rebooted body what Planet Fitness lacks is community what these what's missing in these spaces that we feel that that need that want is community that's what we're looking for is community and I think as an industry if we can provide our personal trainers with community our fitness professionals in a broader sense with community and and have that trickle down into our membership in our clients and everyone that operates in our ecosystem if we can build community and support that's what we're really looking for that is what we're looking for it's community that's what we want we want to feel like we're part of something like we belong in in the way that we come right that's that's the important part I think it's too often we feel like we're not allowed in a club because we don't have six-pack abs your huge bulging biceps and I don't think that's what everyone is saying we feel like we've been excluded and you're not being excluded you're excluding yourself join be part of something engage be comfortable with who you are and if you in a community that you've tried to join doesn't allow you to do that go join another one but don't leave that's the point don't leave we need you the industry needs more personal trainers more enthusiastic caring compassionate empathetic hard-charging badass gangster personal trainers and we don't need you to leave so ok rant over I love you guys thanks for watching this thoughts ideas comments leave them below I want to hear from you what's your experience why did you leave why have you come back thank you I loved watching this

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