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    Post increased demand for older personal trainers

    Saw this today

    http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/jul/...rainers-grows/

    There are good statistics on the ages of personal trainers in this article

    For the younger personal trainers (early 20s) reading this, remember that older adults may not take you seriously because of the age difference. You will have to work harder to gain their trust. This only comes by demonstrating your knowledge and being professional.

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    Originally Posted by JoeCannonMSCSCS View Post
    Saw this today

    http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/jul/...rainers-grows/

    There are good statistics on the ages of personal trainers in this article

    For the younger personal trainers (early 20s) reading this, remember that older adults may not take you seriously because of the age difference. You will have to work harder to gain their trust. This only comes by demonstrating your knowledge and being professional.

    Joe
    Great link thanks, good read, as an older trainer i try and work within the same age late 30's, early 40's, more of a chemistry thing, you can relate, they like knowing that you lead by example, been where they have been etc.. they look at me for motivation/inspiration because if i can do it, it should lite a fire under their azz that they can do it, just a lot more of life experiences in common as well-Ty
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    Younger clients will often want an older trainer, too. Remember they want a trainer, not a buddy.

    There's also focus. One client said to me, "It's different training with you, Kyle, not like with one of the younger good-looking trainers."
    "Um, thanks."
    She explained that she had previously had a guy who was 19, buff, wore a shirt two sizes too small for him, and "he spent more time looking at himself in the mirror than he did looking at me to coach my lifts, also he spent a lot of time on his mobile texting."

    Obviously a lack of client focus is not universal among trainers. But many potential clients will see it that way. A younger trainer will actually be at a disadvantage in a gym in finding clients. So will a woman, but that's another discussion.
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    I am 52,,been doing this for 20 years,,,,Most of my clients are 30+..But recently helped a clients son gain weight and skills for lacrosse..Now I am booked with high school kids all evening...
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    Excellent job outlook for us older trainers. I'm convinced this trend will continue.
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    Good read..

    I've been a part-time trainer for 3 years. Long story short: Most of my clients are pre-teens and teenage athletes. My age (39) is an advantage when it comes to training younger athletes. Parents will readily trust more mature trainers when it comes to their kids. Younger athletes will also listen to a father-figure.

    But for you younger trainers out there, don't you worry. Take this time to acquire knowledge and experience. Enjoy your youth. Time flies. You will be wearing Depends before you know it.
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