Hello there! It’s second update time for Marvin Edinborough, my ex-personal trainer and now teacher, too. We first met Marvin on these pages in July 2012 and checked in for an update in August 2013. At that point, when looking to the future and asked where he wanted to be by now, Marvin said, “Hopefully still expanding, still running, still profitable. The fitness industry is neverending, you can’t sleep on it, you always have to be learning, willing to learn more, do more, be better, and this is what I intend to do to improve my business.” So, is he doing what he said he’d be doing? Let’s find out …
Hello again, Marvin! Are you where you thought you’d be when you looked forward a year ago?
Not in the slightest!
What has changed and what has stayed the same?
So much has changed in the past year its unbelievable. To start with, I’ve moved gyms and due to now taking up a teaching role [Marvin’s teaching at Solihull college, covering units such as fitness testing, developing fitness, work experience and employment]. my PT hours have been reduced to roughly 10 a week! That’s nearly half of my original hours.
What have you learned? What do you wish you’d known a year ago?
In terms of personal training, not much has changed. I’ve learnt that I have a great following and very loyal client base, as many clients have taken the plunge and moved to my current gym, which is a great gesture.
Any more hints and tips for people?
Keep at it, getting and retaining clients isn’t easy, but once you get a loyal client base and a good following through achieving goals with clients, etc., it is very rewarding. Not just financially but emotionally, too.
And … where do you see yourself and your business in a(nother) year’s time?
Still around, still training clients, still achieving results. Although the Personal Training has taken a background position, I still hope to have a good, loyal client base a year from now.
That’s a real testament to his Personal Training skills that Marvin’s clients have followed him from gym to gym (I did follow him myself on his first move, but the gym he moved to was too far away for me – I still put into practice things he taught me). PT and teaching skills are very transferable, if you’re good at the first, and it’s an interesting area in which to expand. I’d be interested to know whether other PTs who read this just concentrate on training or expand their businesses in other ways.
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