Saturday, May 31, 2014
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Complaining, grumbling, protesting, whining or stating truth, call it what you will. There are some client no-no's that are more than just personality quirks—they're detrimental to both a trainer's and client's success in the gym. Our role is often confused in the public eye as to what we actually do.
No one likes a complainer and, if you're a personal trainer, you really dislike complainers. (Ironic I know, a personal trainer complaining about complaining.) You see, to us, complaining has no logic. If you're paying someone to work you out and push you, then you have to expect to be worked out to your capabilities. Why complain and delay your momentum? Complaining takes up cherished time that a trainer can use for explaining proper form for an exercise or giving general dietary advice. Don’t miss out on that information, or opportunity.
‘I am tired”, “I hate doing that exercise”, “It would be easier if the weight was lighter”, sound familiar? Truth be told, all personal trainers are evil… yup… truth is out! If you complain about something, you are purely giving us ammunition for following sessions. (Insert evil laugh here.) “Bwa ha ha ha!”
In all seriousness, if you are 82 years old, I will not be saying drop and give me 20.... (unless I know you can), after all, we may know your capabilities better than you do!
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Telling a little ‘porky pie’ is part of everyday life, and if you said you never lied, then you would be lying! Have you ever said any of the following without realising there was no truth?
· It wasn't me.
· I'm fine.
· Your baby looks so beautiful.
· That looks so good on you.
· That looks so good on you.
· Thank you, dinner was so delicious.
· I need 5 minutes of your time.
· I never said that.
· This hurts me more than it hurts you.
· I wasn’t feeling well.
· I was just kidding.
· I was only trying to help.
I guess this is closely related to our blog "making excuses" except instead of saying that your dog ate your workout program, you fib that you skipped that extra wine and dessert after dinner or you really did squeeze in that early morning jog—when you didn't. Personal trainers understand, surprisingly we too are human. No one wants to look bad or let his or her trainer down, but it's essential to tell us the truth.
“I didn’t have anytime to work out this week”. A valuable personal trainer is consistently revising your program to best suit your needs. If you're misleading about your workout or eating plan, then a trainer isn't going to be able to adapt your fitness plan to help you reach your goals. And at the end of the day, you're paying a trainer to help you reach your goals, so by lying; you're the one you have to face at the end of the day.
“I’m fine.” Tolerating strenuous workouts when you are in pain will only lead to serious problems. Excuses on the other hand slow down your workout progress. Help us help you.
When training at Body 2 Soul Fitness you are obligated to give your personal trainer accurate information in regards to your medical history, age and current injuries. This information is important because it helps your personal trainer deliver a safe workout session for you.
Be as honest as possible with your personal trainer if you want to enjoy the experience and achieve the best results.
Monday, May 26, 2014
Many people are busy and have trouble fitting in exercise; work, family and life in general can be time consuming, (both to the body and the mind). Once you commit to working out with a trainer, we ask you refrain from making excuses for missing a workout or overeating. Be honest as to why you missed a workout or what drove you to overeat. We are not going to be disappointed, we too are human, (shock, horror)! Be totally honest, we are not psychics, but for some strange reason, we DO have a built in radar in regards to food and alcohol. If you lie, we WILL work you harder!
If we do not know your situation, then how can we help you? Let's be totally honest.
What keeps us from reaching our true potential? Our goals. Make it achievable. We are so quick to say 'baby steps' to others, but when it comes to our own achievements, we may be too harsh to achieve what is possible; I think this only gives us lack of confidence.
Be honest with yourself. It's in your best interest to say to yourself why you did or didn't do something. It's all part of the learning process. We are here to teach, but most of all, we want to be part of the journey.