I will say this out right, being a Personal Trainer is not a glamour job. Yes, I get to wear yoga pants and a sports bra all day, every day. Yes its insanely comfortable and makes my butt look great #truth. But, we work when everyone else doesn’t – which may mean 5am AND 9pm day after day. We eat when we have breaks. And we LIVE based on our clients. So before you decide to work with a trainer, I want you to think about a few things first..
The Results are Outside of Your Sessions:
You may work your butt off in our sessions, but you can’t get results in 3 hours/week. Listen to the insights I give you, track your calories every damn day (yes even if you had 7 cocktails), drink your water, and get your exercise in. If I tell you to get 3 days of cardio in on top of our sessions, you damn well better get that cute ass on a treadmill 3x/week. I only want success for you, and every time we check in and you didn’t do what I asked, I’m just as heartbroken as you are. We have goals together. And I want you to get there, maybe even more than you do. So listen to what your trainer has to say, learn from them, let them push you and hold you accountable, and thank them for completely changing your life.
If you don’t show up for your session, I don’t get paid. This is a business, and if you cancel last minute because you skipped lunch and now have a headache, not only do you not understand proper fueling but I miss out on the money and time. And trust me, I value both greatly. We all have things come up, but if you are going to make the decision to work with a trainer, please be respectful and treat it like the business transaction that it is.
I Don’t Have Time to Get Sick:
When I work I get paid, when I don’t work I don’t get paid. If you get me sick, you can plan to pay my rent. It’s not that I don’t love to see you, and I LOVE the devoted clients who want to show up even when they are under the weather. However, I do not want your germs, and what I really want is you to get better so that you can kill it in your next session. So next time, take a rain check and come back when you’re 100%. PS. That doesn’t mean skip your session and run for comfort food. I’ll be checking in.
Keep Your Cellphone in Your Gym Bag:
If there is a chance of emergency I am more than happy to hold your phone during the session. Otherwise, leave it in your bag. You only have a certain amount of time to get through the workout and you should be pushing as hard as possible. That leaves no time for texting, work emails, or selfies.
But don’t forget to check in after your workout and hashtag #realfitnessmaven 🙂
Injury versus Soreness:
If you push yourself to injury, we both lose out. So please, communicate with me. I don’t know everything that’s going on in your body. If something doesn’t feel right, if it hurts more than usual, or you have ANY sharp pains – stop. And listen to your body. Sometimes they are quick fixes, sometimes not. But I’ll let you in on a secret, your body is ALWAYS right. So listen up.
Find a Trainer you LIKE:
I can’t tell you how many odd matchups I see on the training floor. Find someone you actually get along with. Not only will it make the experience more enjoyable, you are more likely to put trust in that person. In one hour session, you’re trainer could act as your therapist, your best friend, your worst nightmare, push you out of your comfort zone, and potentially make you throw up (sorry it happens). Do you really want to do all of that in front of the hot male trainer? Or would you rather have a girlfriend there to push you, encourage you, and tell you when your ass looks great (and it not be awkward).
Go buy a new pair of cross trainers right now. I guarantee you need them. And I know you have been putting it off. Just go do it. Right now.
Listen to Your Trainer:
They are a wealth of knowledge! You are paying your trainer for their TIME, SUPPORT, and KNOWLEDGE. Not to count reps. Ask questions. Listen to instructions. Practice form. Learn WHY. Implement. And get ready to CHANGE YOUR LIFE. Take control of your body, and feel sexy doing it.
I hope you don’t look at this as a trainer vent session. I invest A LOT of energy into my clients. I crash through the downs, and celebrate the ups. And I show up every single day. So all I ask is that you openly communicate, and show up ready to kick some ass!
Till next time,
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