My approach to productivity:

5am start times, 11pm bedtimes, weekend work, seminars, and spending your downtime planning client sessions and meal plans, can be overwhelming. That’s only if everything goes to plan. Session cancellations, client meltdowns, and being more of a therapist than a super trainer building muscles and hourglass bodies– personal training can take its toll on even the most enthusiastic trainer.

But it doesn’t have to! The key is to establish a solid work-life balance and make both your work time and down time as enjoyable and as productive as possible.

A few key elements that I abide by to maximize my 72 hours in a day are simply taking short breaks and trips. Although it’s sometimes impossible to take a two week vacation off to relax in the sun, because no client wants to go that long without training and no trainer wants to go on that long without earning. But it’s a must that you do it. You don’t need long – two or three days off is ample to recharge your batteries. Lastly, creating and following a day to day written schedule as closely as possible with room left for the unexpected events that occur almost, if not every day. Personal training is nowhere near 3-hour days or making millions by the time we’re 30, but it needn’t be overly stressful or take over your whole life either.