Carving out a career as a
fitness professional in Singapore can be very lucrative, but also
extremely challenging. In order to truly succeed - in very sense of the
word - a fitness professional needs to look out for the following
pitfalls as he/she builds up the fitness business:
Mistake 1 : Complacency
Many trainers/instructors hit this mark
once they have attained a comfortable level of income and clientele base.
Thinking that they "Have Arrived", they started to 'to take things
easy' and show a general decline in many of the areas which have brought
them their initial success.
They show less enthusiasm for their clients,
they start to neglect their professional image, they become less committed
to self-upgrading and lifelong learning, and some even begin to act like
"divas" and self-professed "gurus" to all those around them.
It is no coincidence then that FAILURE usually meets
these coaches/trainers/instructors round the corner - when they least expect it -
in one form or another, resulting in bitterness, disillusionment and
To avoid being sucked into this trap, all
fitness professionals should sit up and take note: no matter how high you
have risen, NEVER EVER become complacent!
KEEP ON doing all the things which have made
you successful and popular in the first place, and then seek to do some
Embrace lifelong learning in your profession, character development,
and other worthwhile pursuits, and most important of all, maintain a
HUMBLE attitude at all times.
Success will then stick to you - as long as
you keep up the good work.
Mistake 2 : Over-Commitment
Another potential pitfall for may
fitness professionals is that they tend to OVER-commit themselves in their
business - especially in 'good times'
when demand is high for their fitness services. It is not uncommon for many
to have client sessions scheduled almost back-to-back from 6am in the morning till
11pm at night! If that's not a formula for BURNOUT we don't know what else
No doubt, in the initial stages, the
financial rewards of such a hectic lifestyle surpasses whatever misgivings
that an individual may have. But SURELY, in the long run, many will hit
the wall with a serious case of PHYSICAL, MENTAL & EMOTIONAL BURNOUT!
If you find yourself lacking the initial
enthusiasm which you used to have for your clients and your training
sessions, merely going through the motions day-to-day, and looking forward
to the END of each day rather than the beginning, or yearning for an
Extended Break from all coaching activities, then, you're very likely
reached the BREAKING POINT of your threshold!
From today onwards, learn to say "NO" to
more, and cut yourself some slack.
If you can, space out some of your
current commitments, and INVEST more time on nurturing yourself.
Aim for a
SLOWER pace of life and as the saying goes, learn to 'Smell The Roses
Along The Way'.
If you make the above changes, then you'll
eventually enjoy much more Longevity,
Fulfillment, Joy, and yes, even SUCCESS, in your fitness journey.
Mistake 3: Lack Of Business
Too may instructors, trainers and coaches enter the
fitness profession thinking that "armed" with their qualifications,
and a deep passion for all things fitness, they are more than equipped to
succeed in the fitness industry.
Unfortunately, they can't be further from
Yes, the above factors play a major part in
one's overall success, but one VITAL missing ingredient in many fitness
professionals' mindsets is: the knowledge and ability to run and
operate a business - which is what you will be doing as an Independent,
Solo or Freelance professional - where you're IN business FOR yourself!
In fact, research has consistently shown
that the LACK of business knowledge has accounted for MORE failures and
dropouts in any industry,
than any other factors combined!
So what can you do as a private, independent
or freelance fitness
Start by doing all you can to learn
how to run a successful 'one-man' business: read up on business laws
and regulations, marketing techniques, advertising strategies,
entrepreneurship and even salesmanship.
Always remember: once you're a freelancer or
an independent operator, you basically running a ONE-MAN BUSINESS -
like it or not. Therefore, you might as well do yourself a favour, and learn all
you can about running successful businesses.
Well, there you have it - a quick
glance at what some of the common career mistakes that Singapore Fitness
Professionals commit, and how you can avoid them.
We hope you have enjoyed our article:
3 Career Mistakes That All Singapore Fitness Professionals Should Avoid.
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