My role as a personal trainer goes way above and beyond counting out reps for clients and ushering them to the next piece of exercise equipment, I am quite often personal trainer/best friend.
Client relationships become close, as a fitness coach I teach them to recognise that their physical appearance is much more a counter product of their mental state and attitude than they realise.
When a client who generally leads an extremely busy life, juggling career and family, visits me twice a week for their hourly session, this becomes THEIR time.
This I can virtually guarantee is the only opportunity they are likely to have in that week to focus on themselves completely.
A good personal trainer genuinely cares about their clients. It does not take me long to see exactly what makes my clients tick. I am in a sense the invaluable best friend that tells them when they need to change their habits or attitude to themselves and how hard they are capable of pushing themselves.
I recognise if they are feeling low or having personal issues and I adapt the session that they spend with me, to incorporate the mental focus needed, just like a best friend would.
I agree the relationship I have with clients is relatively unique in the way that they pay me for my time, it is a business transaction and this can be tricky.
Most personal trainers would agree that even though a business transaction takes place, it does not change the level of care and fondness that develops for clients and the great feeling it gives to see them reach and achieve their goals.