I’ve been there…reading a post or an article about the newest break-through for losing weight, the newest workout routine, the newest diet. And inside me something cringes. These are the appearance of promises of a life CHANGING product or service that will leave me nothing less than ecstatic about myself and life. It is easy to start out optimistic when reading about such wonderful sounding remedies to our problems and struggles. But after trying and not succeeding, and trying and not seeing a difference, and trying again and feeling worse, we begin to lose hope. By now we are so use to these “promises” that we skim over them with hardly anything but a cynical smirk in response. So why am I advertising my business and my services as a personal trainer? …Because I am NOT PROMISING you a miracle, magic, or a quick fix to any or all of your problems. Bodies are unique. People are unique. There are many factors that play into how we take care of ourselves, how we look, our habits, and even our health. I very much doubt there is a “one-size-fits-all” solution to people’s fitness and health conditions. That being said, I do, very much believe a trainer can be extremely helpful to many people in succeeding in their own lives in being more active and taking care of their bodies better.
So here is why you maybe SHOULD consider a personal trainer as a step in taking care of your health…
- Personal Trainers ARE educated. Despite what some stereotypes people have of trainer being a gym-rat, muscle-head, body physique-obsessed person…CERTIFIED personal trainers do go through quite a bit of education to know the body and how it works and how to help people in the area of fitness. Courses ranging from Physiology to How to Train Someone with Common Diseases are what trainers have to attend and be tested on before they are even certified. And then, to keep their certification, they have to earn Continuing Education Credits by learning more specifically about different techniques or people groups. On top of all that, most good trainers are continually reading articles and discussing with other professionals about the modern concerns and findings in fitness for today. So before you think, “well there is nothing they can teach me I don’t already know”…take a step back and realize that they may actually have the knowledge to help you specifically in an area you feel “stuck” in!
- Personal Trainers DO CARE. You may think of a personal trainer as someone who barks out orders as you helplessly sweat your way through a million Burpees. But the reality is that trainers want to help YOU accomplish YOUR goals. Personal trainers have a desire to help the individual succeed and feel accomplished. A big part of that is helping individuals gain the RIGHT mentality toward exercise…a positive one. If that means talking through tough experiences, or getting rid of all the mirrors in the room you both workout in, or simply listening to what pains and injuries you are experiencing…personal trainers chose this profession because they LOVE providing that individual service. Don’t assume that what you have to share won’t be heard, considered, and incorporated into how your trainer works with you. A good trainer listens first and instructs second.
- Personal Trainers work with other medical professionals. A worry that I have observed from many individuals regarding personal trainers, is that the trainer will hurt them more if they have an injury or health issue already. A good trainer always completes health assessments and surveys on new clients to find out what health concerns there are and which ones are out of their scope of practice and profession. If there is a concern that is beyond what a trainer is educated and certified to address, they have to refer their client to a doctor or professional who does know the area of concern. A good trainer also communicates with other professionals in the medical field who are assisting their client with specific health issues. For example, if a client of mine has an injury and sees a physical therapist for it, once the physical therapist gives them the ok to start exercising, it is my job to contact the PT and make sure my client follows THEIR prescribed workout routine and limits. My connection to my clients’ health “community” is a very important part of being able to help them in the best way possible!
- Personal Trainers see the individual. Once I became a certified trainer, I experienced some awkward comments from friends regarding how I must see or judge a situation or person based on my new profession. This is hard for me to hear, because the truth is that I don’t walk around judging people based on their size or physical abilities. I do recognize aspects of my education and experience in daily life, but I am very aware of the fact that everyone has much more to them and their circumstance that what is seen on the outside. That gal at the gym who can barely do a sit-up may have just had a major surgery. That “overweight” individual in the freezer aisle at the grocery store may be struggling with a serious condition that affects the way their body metabolizes and uses energy. As a trainer, the more people I help, and the more experienced I become, the less I find myself judging others by first glance. If you come to see me as a potential client, my first goal is to learn. Learn about you, who you are, where you come from, and anything else you want me to know. And learn how I can help you on your own journey with fitness and health!
- Personal Trainers do have techniques that can help you. As trainers, we are taught not only about the body and how it works, we are taught many, many different ways to help the body become more conditioned. The basics of conditioning the different body systems is pretty much the same for most people. The way those basic principles are applied to the individual is through a specific technique designed by your trainer for your body type, physical condition, and individual behavioral state with exercise. The combination of techniques that are formed from scientific knowledge about the body and the personal connection and support of a trainer can be amazingly effective and helpful to individuals of many different backgrounds and physical states!
Above: Running a race (preggo with my son) with my sister (left) and MY personal trainer, Erin (right)
To sum up the message of this post, I want to encourage anyone who is trying to live a healthy life (or even just thinking about trying to live a healthy life) to at least consider asking a professional to help them in the area of fitness. More and more research and medical studies are showing how important it is to take care of the body in a proactive and movement based way. If you think meeting with a trainer could benefit you in this way, feel free to email me either through the website or through my business email: firstname.lastname@example.org. I offer a variety services other than the usual personal training sessions. Feel free to chat with me about meeting up to discuss what it is you specifically would like help with and how we can work together to get you on the road to success!