An insight into being a Personal Trainer with TRAIN FITNESS
We grilled Richard Scrivener, Personal Training Product Developer at TRAIN FITNESS about what it takes to be the very best in his field.
How did you become a Personal Trainer?
At the age of 16, I was a skinny lad wanting to put on some muscle and look better for the girls! I bought myself a sand-filled dumbbell set from Argos and followed the plan that came with it religiously for 1 year! I started to develop a little definition, but not much muscle. So I joined my local gym in Ipswich. I had no real knowledge of how to train properly, but the head instructor at the facility took me under his wing, he wrote me some training plans that I worked through and generated a spark within me that soon produced the fire that I had in my belly to learn more about this fitness stuff; it became my passion! I never looked back. I qualified as a personal trainer, studied Sports Science at university, took a Strength and Conditioning Internship at a pro rugby club, went back to Uni for my Masters and then really got going in the world of health, fitness and nutrition.
What skills should you possess to become a great Personal Trainer?
You first and foremost have to be able to communicate with people! It sounds obvious, but this is the ‘personal’ of Personal Trainer. So many newly qualified instructors and coaches struggle because they lack these essential and critical skills. The technical knowledge can always be developed as you go, and always will, because you’ll never run out of stuff to learn about and apply, but, if you cannot build rapport and trust, show empathy and emotionally connect with someone, then you face an impossible task!
Describe a normal day to us:
I’m very fortunate to hold several health and fitness positions and have a wonderful amount of variety in the work I do from week-to-week. I’ve been able to travel the world teaching and presenting, as well as working alongside a select number of clients in London.
If I’m in the UK, then a day might look like this:
8.30am: my workout
10am – 6pm: Product development work with TRAIN FITNESS
7.30pm: Possibly a second workout for me or an hour of study.
What’s the best thing about your job?
The people I’ve met, the relationships I’ve formed, the wonderful job roles that I’ve had (and have), the countries I’ve travelled to (US, India, China, Australia, Costa Rica, Bali, Saudi Arabia, Canada and lots of Europe (there are probably some I’ve missed!), the information I’ve learned, the knowledge and skill-set I’ve developed, and never having a day that really feels like ‘work’. I get to do what I love!
Are there any downsides?
It can be easy to take on too much, especially as new opportunities arise, so you can get pretty tired at times. Also, I wouldn’t especially label myself as a ‘morning person’ and yet, there are indeed numerous early mornings! But not much else counts as a downside for me!
What advice would you give to someone who wanted to become a Personal Trainer in the future?
Earn your stripes and take your education seriously. Apply yourself, work hard and build a reputation of excellence. Walk the walk and look, move and behave as though you know your s***!