Yesterday I asked you guys, are you prioritising your health? Not one person out of 600 commented on instagram, and not one out of 776 on facebook commented either. So kudos to you guys, I’m guessing y’all are in great shape? Im so happy for you. Now while all of you were prioritising your health and smashing life, my health was teetering.
Ive been a personal trainer for 5-6 years now, and finally went private back in October. Fully independent baby.
But I’ve burnt out twice already. The first time was in late November. I had no clients, naturally, and I was busting my gut to bring revenue into the business. I built my new client base fairly quickly, but something was about to happen.
Illness would strike. I had the worst case of flu in a long time. But guess what? Did I rest? Or did I continue trying to get clients? I still worked, and I was getting sloppy and making mistakes. One mistake still stands out, I undersold a 12 week package by over 50%, which I honoured by the way. This flu would last about 3 weeks, all because I was too stubborn to take time off and worrying about serving other people.
A blessing in disguise happened in December. My gym had a leak which just couldn’t go on anymore. They shut the gym down for around 2-3 weeks while they relaid the floor. I got some good down time, and was feeling good, ready to take on the January New Year’s Resolutioners.
Back to the grind it was. My client base was getting even bigger. Session after session after session. I was proud, but feeling the strain. My body would pick up random injuries out of nowhere. And insomnia would strike again. Ive been living off 3-4 hours sleep for the last 2 months.
And I was starting to really not like my job. Sure the moneys good, and I’m helping people, but I felt like absolute crap. I burnt out again. Twice in just 5 months. This is getting ridiculous. I was a walking zombie like the walking dead.
I had to have a hard long look at myself. I googled personal trainer burnout stories. I wasn’t alone. 100s, if not 1000s of stories line the internet. I had to make a change. Personal trainers were quitting their thriving careers left, right and centre. This couldn’t happen to me. I love this too much.
The first change was to revamp my own training and nutrition. So I pulled the trigger, and hired my first online personal trainer named Thomas Snyder. I needed someone else to handle this while I take care of my business. Guess what, I slept like a baby that night.
Secondly, I revamped my personal training business. I reduced my hours to a maximum of 6 hours per day. I have also stopped letting clients dictate my hours which meant my schedule was all over the place. I no longer do more than two back to back sessions. And I will now have a 30 minute gap before I do another client or two.
I haven’t even put this into practice yet, but I did mentally. And guess what? My sleep has improved already. Its funny what a bit of psychology can do for you.
Now throughout all of this, I was still training, and still eating healthy. I dread to imagine what some of you who go to work, get home, sit on your butt eating junk food, are going through. But if my story is worth anything, this should seriously give you a wake up call. That good old kick up the butt.
You may think you’re prioritising your health, but you’re probably not. The END. Follow @Michael_David_McIntyre on instagram or Michael David McIntyre on facebook to see if these changes made any difference to my life and see what you can learn from my story.
Suffering burnout yourself? Please share your story in the comments. You’re not alone. If you’re smashing life, great, but share anyway, it may help a friend who is suffering in silence.