I’ve helped a lot of people get into the fitness profession and aided fit pros in growing their businesses. I tell them that one day, all of what I’ve shared with them will not matter to them. That there will come a window of time, be it big or small, where their ego will get the better of them. The response is always, “That’ll never happen with me…” Eventually, it does happen. Why is this so prevalent in the fitness industry?
For you to effectively do your fit pro job, you need to have confidence. As a fitness pro, your primary objective is to help people become better versions of themselves. When you are achieving this goal, you feel motivated and rewarded. You have people leaning on your every word of advice and command for movement. Your clientele comes in each day eagerly waiting to perform a workout that you have spent time (in some cases) putting together. You have a captive audience. As you continue to instruct or train and have returning clients, is when confidence can turn into ego.
As a fitness professional, you need to be self-assured. You have people who are coming to your classes or watching your Instagram for your expertise. You have to be confident in your knowledge, education, and answers that you provide. Being satisfied in your prowess builds trust with your audience. Confidence beyond what is unnecessarily needed is when ego rears its ugly head. You need to possess a self-awareness in this regard and cut ego off at the pass.
The ego in the fitness world is detectable. You have seen fitness instructors compete with their colleagues in terms of how packed their classes are, the idea they have more clients, the amount of experience they have, and how much they look physically better. At this point, the ego-filled individual begins to become toxic. They refuse to listen to anyone but themselves. Their ability to connect, learn, and grow is going to be negatively impacted.