Being The Go-to Who Can Boost Body Image In Others

Hey there, it sure is great to have you here.

Chances are you clicked through to this post because you’re a trainer feeling a little over the whole body awesomeness thing.

It really is a soul suck sometimes being in a work environment that talks all day about the importance of looking better. People don’t seem to realise that.

It’s hard (hugs). 

Don’t Quit Just Yet!

Many trainers move onto other careers after a few years. I think that’s one of the cool things about the fitness industry – there’s a bunch of different ways to branch out.

One way to ‘branch out’ is to be a coach. You can coach the local kids in a sports team, or coach adults at a boot camp or a cross fit.

Coaching is a natural progression. From what I know about crossfit, for example, it’s a very positive and welcome change for many ex-trainers.

While switching up your work and client base is both fun and exciting, do it for the right reasons.

Here are some tips that may help you boost body image, and improve the way you feel about your work environment. You matter, too!   

5 Ideas To Improve Your Work Space

Welcome your clients to cry and share their emotions, or frustrations with you. Build the social skills that’ll allow you to gracefully move the conversation over to something that makes your client feel loved.

Include social guidelines with your terms and conditions. These should include things like cell phone and chewing gum, but also topics you want to avoid (violence, politics, body shaming…).

Don’t assume that your client knows this! Sometimes people just forget that you’re working and talk with you like their long lost friend at a dinner party.

Don’t criticise yourself in front of clients. Ever. Not even a little bit. If you criticise yourself, it gives them permission to do the same. And that opens up the whole body shaming game that I talked about in the social guideline point above.

Look As Good As You Feel

Represent the best version of yourself. Be in really great shape, all the time that you’re working. If you’re going through a rough time, or managing something in your health that affects the way you look, consider sharing this information with your clients.

Stay vague – I mean, don’t drag them into it. Just give them the nutshell, less than 3 minutes. They’ll feel much better hearing it from you, than the rumours in the ladies change room.

Dress to impress. Gosh, if you’re size 16, buy size 16 clothing and wear it with great posture and pride. Don’t squeeze into smaller sizes to fit your ego. Update your wardrobe if your body size changes.

Always look professional by wearing clothes that fit. This sets an example of body acceptance and happiness. Plus it looks great!

Cat Smiley

Cat Smiley has been named Canada’s top trainer 3 times by the International Sports Science Association. She is a certified Master Trainer of Fitness Sciences (ISSA), Life Coach, Nutritionist, Executive Business Coach and the owner of Whistler Fitness Vacations. Prior to that, she spent 10 years building her personal training and boot camp company - while also working as a professional athlete and nationally syndicated health columnist. She inevitably hit burnout and learnt a ton of lessons along the way. is a mash-up of all the things she did to keep her passion for fitness training alive, almost 20 years later. - Find my site helpful? Please mention Whistler Fitness Vacations to your personal training clients if they ask you about fitness retreats! It really helps (and I really appreciate it!)