10 Signs You’re A Personal Trainer

I love what I do. Every morning when I wake up I am grateful to have the opportunity to share my passion and to help others get healthier, fitter, and more “fit savvy”. 

Not everyone can say that they love their job, I’m one of the lucky few I suppose. And I truly hope you are too.

Before I kicked off my training career, I thought I was going to be a doctor. I did the pre-med thing. Did the summer internships at hospitals. Graduated with honors. I did everything I thought I needed to do to secure my life as an OB/GYN (yup, that’s what I wanted to specialize in).



Throwback Thursday?

But funny how life changes. No amount of book smarts could prep me enough for the MCATS and I took 3 bad scores as a sign that med school wasn’t for me.

Well, and the fact that while working as a breast center as a medical assistant, I just wasn’t “feeling it”.

It was during these dark years, I’l call them, that I found my love for real exercise. I say real because before them I had just been going through the motions of exercise. Working out for the sake of saying I worked out.

I began to see working out as a way to achieve goals and make myself not only better on the outside but inside as well.

I woke up one day and realized that I could still help women, just in a different way. So I became a personal trainer and honestly haven’t looked back since. And that was 5 years ago.

I’ve met lots of personal trainers, some with similar ideas and others not so much. But for the most part, we have a few common traits that allow people to say… “Oh you must be a trainer.”

Here are those 10 signs in no particular order.


Top 10 Signs You’re A Personal Trainer

1. You love burpees. 

Very few people LOVE burpees. But we do.

We find it fun to create workouts with names like “Death By Burpees” and “The Burpilicious Burn”. And we don’t just love watching our clients do these workouts, chances are we do them for fun too. Just last week I decided to do a complete 40 minute workout built around 6+ burpee variations.

Crazy? Yes. Awesome? Hell yes.

2. You own more sports bras than real bras.

And for good reason! I came to the realization that I only wear a real bra 1 day a week. And sometimes not even then (a perk of being small chested).

You also have more workout capris than real pants and more fitness headbands than other hair products.

3. The back of your car looks as if a gym threw up in it. 

Open the back of your car and chances are you’ll find weights, a scale, jump ropes, and even gear that you forgot about.

Someone needs a ride? Just scoot the kettlebells and sandbags over and make sure not to let them roll on them.

Trust me… I’m doing you a favor by not showing you a picture of the back of my car.

4. Everyone shares their current workout with you.

Each time you meet someone and they find out you’re a trainer they feel compelled to tell you what their workout program currently is, what they don’t like about it, and what they do like about it.



Or… they will share with you their desire to get in shape along with their list of what’s currently stopping them.

This isn’t a bad thing, I love talking fitness with people. And if they feel compelled to talk and it opens them up then great! Always a good ice breaker.  And if they REALLY want my advice, I am more than happy to help how I can!

5. You are shocked at how long your hair. 

Your hair is up so often then when you finally take the time to wash, dry and style it your jaw drops at the site of how long it has gotten. Just about everytime I would take the time to straighten it, I would end up running into Dan’s office, turning around, and saying “Can you believe how long it’s gotten?”


6. You have a pair of shoes for every type of workout.

Just like there is an App for that… there’s a shoe for that. While most people have 1-2 pairs of shoes for working out (all forms of working out). You have a pair for running, a pair for lifting, a pair for cross training and plyo, and of course 1-10 pairs that just look cute with a particular training outfit.

Currently I have… at least 8 pairs of workout shoes. And yes, I wear them all!

7. 12 oz water bottles? That’s a baby bottle.

You carry a big boy around. And you have a set goal each day of how many bottles you have to down. It’s sometimes a game for you to see how many bottles of your huge jug you can take down.

Unless you’re my husband… then it’s coffee:


8. You say “Great Job” far too often.

For me it’s “Annnnd GO!”, but we all have that one or two motivational quotes that we find ourselves repeating over and over again.

My clients used to joke that I should open my gym and name it “And GO Fitness”.

Even when at home, you find yourself patting your spouse’s back or kids’ and saying “Great job! Keep it up!”.

9. You get really excited about themed workouts. 

You are like a kindergarten teacher during the holidays. Holiday themed workouts are the highlight of your training and you work to get really creative so your clients will be blown away.


This was a good one:

10. You have the biggest song knowledge of the 70s, 80s, 90s, and now than all of your friends.

You’re used to putting together playlists for clients and meeting their personal taste. You can sing pretty much any up-beat song from the 70 onward!

Right now, if I hear Timber or Baby Got Back one more time… let’s just say everyone will be in for a whole jaw dropping performance. I’ve been putting together a whole song and dance number in my head each time I hear these songs.

Do you love your job? If not, what would be your dream job?


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