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Why I Became a Fitness Trainer

March 26, 2019

 

I’m very idealistic and I have a black and white view of life.  I know there are gray areas but more times than not I choose not to see them.  This is how I view most things in my life especially when it comes to health and fitness.  I believe that preventing problems is much easier than fixing problems.  Specifically, things like heart disease, diabetes, being overweight, etc.  No shade, but I don’t understand when people say, “I woke up one day and I was 40 pounds overweight.”  Wait, what?  When I started my fitness journey it was because I was tired of the way that I looked, and I knew that what I was doing wasn’t working.  What was I doing?  Cardio. Don’t get me wrong, cardio is great, but cardio only was not going to give me the results that I was seeking.  Initially, my goals were centered around looking a certain way but then when I started to feel better, I realized that there was so much more to this fitness thing.

 

That led me to competing and that led me to getting my certification.

 

Becoming a trainer was important to me because I had gained all this knowledge and I knew that I wanted to share it because it would lead to giving people a better quality of life.  Who doesn’t want that?

 

What I soon found out was that a lot people could care less about a better quality of life.  Let me rephrase:  they want better quality, but they aren’t willing to work for it.  It’s difficult to convince grown folks that they need to make changes in their lifestyle.  They have to want it.  I had to want it.  It took me a few years to admit that I didn’t know what I was doing and finally ask for help, so I get it.  But anything worth having is worth working for.  There is no getting around it.

 

Over the years, I have trained all kinds of people with all kinds of goals.  Some of the experiences were positive and some … not so much.  A personal training relationship is just that:  a relationship.  It involves trust and commitment.  I was committed to each and every one of my clients but if they didn’t trust me (and do what I said) then they were not likely to get the results that they expected.

 

My philosophy is that I’m not here to train you forever.  I’m here to teach you certain habits that will last you a lifetime.  If a client grabs on to these habits, they will be successful long after they leave me and go off on their own.  If they choose to be consistent and are serious about making changes they will.  If they don’t then they won’t. 

 

Being healthy and fit is not rocket science.  There is a science to it, don’t get me wrong, but the key is to develop a healthy routine and be consistent.  My methods do not give immediate or fast results.  I believe if you lose weight quickly you will gain it back quickly.  I believe in implementing changes over a period of time that net results that last. 

 

I became a trainer because I wanted to help people and I’m happy to say that I know I helped many.  Currently, I teach a group fitness class at a local fitness and wellness center and I love it.  I see these people (mostly women) getting stronger every single session.  The people that come to my class range in age from 25 to 81 and I’m telling you, the older people have no problem keeping up with the young ones.  My classes aren’t easy, but my regular students come expecting to work.  I’m starting a new session tonight, which is why this topic is on my mind.  Thirteen people registered for the class and I’m betting that at least 3 will drop out after the first session and by the time we get to the end of the 10 weeks, I’ll have 6-8 strong finishers.   And that's okay.  I'm not everyone's cup of tea.  I can only help those who want to be helped and hopefully, the others will find someone or something that will help them get to their goals.  

 

 

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