It’s Monday afternoon…you know what that means. Time for another installment of the Personal Trainer for a Day Series, where personal trainers help those thinking about getting into the career field by depicting a day in the life of a personal trainer.
Today I’m very excited to share with you all a day in the life of Trainer Lindsay (Cotter) from Cotter Crunch. Lindsay is not only a personal trainer for her client, but also helps out her rockstar triathlete husband in her coach/nutritionist/sherpa duties.
You can check out her story and her chronicles of life as a trainer/instructor/wife to a professional triathlete, but for now, sit back and enjoy a day in the life of Trainer Cotter
1. How long have you been training?
Since 2004. Well that’s when I officially became certified. I started teaching and working at local health clubs/gyms in 2002. Wow, that’s 10 years. CRAZY!
2. What’s your schedule for a "typical" work day?
Well, we’ve been away for 6 months so I am just getting back into training and teaching. I usually teach 3-4 bootcamps/spin a week and train clients mid-morning or afternoon 3-4x a week. In between that I am writing meal plans and making HEALTHY BITES. Phew!
3. What’s your favorite part of being a personal trainer?
I just love seeing how someone goes from hating fitness to craving it!! It’s all about progress.
4. What’s your least favorite part of being a personal trainer?
The living month to month paycheck and the unpaid vacation. Although it can be a blessing. Work really hard then take time off, repeat!
5. What’s your training "style?"
Totally depends on my mood. I love to hit the trails for a run then do TRX later. Other days it’s all about a little HIIT and then yoga. Whatever the body is craving!
6. How does a typical personal training session go? (Format, is there a training log, type of exercise, etc.)
Honestly, it varies. I have a layout of how the session needs to go. Ex: warm-up, injury prevention exercises, intervals, core/strength, cool down. BUT… I also wait till my client gets there to assess their needs. Sometimes my clients are stressed and tired and just need fresh air, so we hit the trails with a power walk and light strength. Other times they are needing to expend a lot of energy, HIIT work and kettlebells are the key.
7. Do you have a training "niche" or specialization?
I work with a lot of runners and post-partum women. I just love it!
8. How many clients do you train in a week on average?
Well not that many to be honest, I cut back since starting healthy bites. I’d say anywhere from 3-7. I’d much rather teach group sessions as well. More energy!
9. Do you participate in another job at the gym in addition to training? (Group fitness, employee, etc.) If so, how does that work around your training schedule?
Ha-ha, yes, like I mentioned above. It’s one of the best ways to really engage in people’s fitness. Misery loves company!
10. What advice would you have for someone thinking of signing up with a personal trainer?
I’d say to just start somewhere. It takes A LOT of time to build a clientele but people LOVE a PT who has more than just a PT certification. Look into getting certified in other areas. Yoga, Group Fitness, Running Coach, Life Coach, etc.
Paige here! Thank you, Lindsay I love that you focus on the fundamentals and injury prevention. Fitness is not all about fancy pants workouts and sweat and killing it every single workout, right?? And no, I refuse to believe 2002 was 10 years ago. #indenial.