Balancing Life as a Student & Personal Trainer

Rhema Phillips describes time management as a student & personal trainer

By Janey Maingot

Staff Writer 

Rhema Phillips, a Lynn University student, balances work obligations with the  responsibilities of being a full-time student. Her goal is to motivate individuals along their fitness journeys through personal training. 

In the summer of Phillips’ third year as an undergraduate, she took an internship at Johnny O’s Gymnasium, where she began learning the ins and outs of gym life. While there, she was surrounded by personal trainers and soon fell in love with the process of helping others in their fitness journeys. 

A few months later, Phillips became a licensed personal trainer and began growing her business within the Boca Raton community.

“The most challenging aspect of being a personal trainer as well as a full-time student is time management. I train Monday through Friday, from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m., and after I have classes to attend. The days can be very long, so managing my time properly is very important,” said Phillips.

“Considering the fact that I am currently still in school, I have had some mistrust in my expertise on training. However, after they have spoken with me and seen my skills, the uncertainty usually goes away. Additionally, many of my clients prefer to have a younger personal trainer, so my age works in my favor,” said Phillips.

Ultimately, if Phillips manages her time well and maintains a healthy balance in her life, everything goes well. Phillips promotes the idea of individuals embarking on their own fitness expeditions because of the mental and physical benefits they provide.

“To cope with the stress of being a personal trainer, I engage in my own workouts. Just like for many of my clients, workouts provide a mental escape from the stressful reality of day-to-day life. It is very important to me that I don’t miss my own workouts, because it helps to maintain balance and order in my life,” according to Phillips.

Lastly, Phillips says that her days are long, but rewarding. “I enjoy every aspect of what the day may bring.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.