Being a personal trainer can be a daunting task if you haven’t formally got your degree. Even if you have, it can be frustrating since there’s so much you need to know and to update every time.
Aside from working out, you can learn about fitness, nutrition, and business. Being a personal trainer isn’t easy, and it can be hard if you don’t know how to market yourself. If you want to become successful, I believe you need to learn the ins and outs of being a personal trainer.
But what if you’ve already known about the marketing world?
Is there anything else you can learn?
Yes! There are plenty of other topics that you can learn about. Some of the favorites are human anatomy, strength training, and learning how to optimize fitness through diet.
Besides that, there’s also the spiritual side of being a personal trainer. You may want to incorporate meditation, serenity, and motivation into your clients. If you’ve never practiced these methods, then you could easily benefit from a few books on meditation methods.
I believe that reading a few hours a week can enhance anybody knowledge, including for you as a personal trainer. Many of the top-rated influential trainers take time to improve their methods personally. But, not all of us have free time to read through books consistently.
Here’s a list of the best books for personal trainers, as recommended by the entrepreneurs, CEOs and freelancers on The CEO Library. Each of these books is top-tier and provides you knowledge on how you can improve your clientele.
Best Books for Personal Trainers
Body by Science: A Research Based Program for Strength Training, Body building, and Complete Fitness in 12 Minutes a Week
Own the Day, Own Your Life: Optimized Practices for Waking, Working, Learning, Eating, Training, Playing, Sleeping, and Sex
The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal
Who’s Got Your Back: The Breakthrough Program to Build Deep, Trusting Relationships That Create Success–and Won’t Let You Fail
As a speculator I learned to take the best from books and ideas without arguments (many readers seem to be training to be shallow critics)--good insights are hard to come by. One does not find these in the writings of a journalist. There are some things personal to the author that might be uninteresting to some, but I take the package. The man is one of the greatest traders in history. There are a few jewels in there.
The man did it. I'd rather listen to him than read better written but hollow prose from some journalist-writer.
Managing The Mental Game: How To Think More Effectively, Navigate Uncertainty, And Build Mental Fortitude
Jeff Boss is a former Navy SEAL and knows everything about mental fortitude, and controlling your emotions and impulses in the face of critical situations. He uses his expertise in this book to teach others how to develop resilience and fortitude and cope with difficult situations.
Resilience and fortitude are two key qualities of a successful leader, especially when faced with crisis situations or making tough decisions. This book is a great aid in such moments, when you feel unsure of yourself.
The Code of the Extraordinary Mind: 10 Unconventional Laws to Redefine Your Life and Succeed On Your Own Terms
The Mask of Masculinity: How Men Can Embrace Vulnerability, Create Strong Relationships, and Live Their Fullest Lives
The Consulting Bible: Everything You Need to Know to Create and Expand a Seven-Figure Consulting Practice
The funny thing is that the books that had the biggest impact (like my Verne’s favourite) are not necessarily the best books, objectively speaking. They were good enough to present a new worldview that I was not aware of. Timing probably was more important than their intrinsic literary qualities. They “managed” to fall into my lap at the right time. Such a book was Robert Kiyosaki’s “Rich Dad Poor Dad”, a mediocre book by my standards of today, but deeply inspirational by the ones from yesterday.
Here’s a few books I recommend (in this order) on learning how to write effective copy:
- The Boron Letters by Gary Halbert;
- Advertising Secrets of the Written Word by Joseph Sugerman;
- Kickass Writing Secrets of a Marketing Rebel by John Carlton.
I read this book at a time when Udemy was rapidly growing—over the 18 months where we went from 30 to 200 people. It was helpful to read about Horowitz's challenges, worries, and triumphs when addressing the same types of issues at a similar stage of growth. There are so many big decisions you need to make where there's just no clear-cut, right or wrong answer. There are a lot of gray areas. You gather information from your team, but the hard decisions rest with you. This book helped me realize that while I needed to carefully and objectively consider feedback, I was responsible for making a decision in the end—even when it was an unpopular one.