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|“Oh, what? Can’t everybody do this easy move?”|
People’s perceptions of personal trainers can be somewhat warped. Why? Well because like in any industry, you have a varied spectrum of folks. You’ve got your die hards freaks who eat, sleep and breathe the lifestyle, you’ve got your let’s not rock the boat conformists and then there’s people like me. We don’t necessarily fit into a mould, we speak our mind, we’ve been through a lot of what our clients are experiencing (weight loss, emotional battles, diet woes) and we have what we perceive to be, a good balance in our life.
3. I don’t workout everyday. Something there are periods I don’t lift. There are periods when I don’t run. Variety and change is important. I do personally feel way better when I exercise. The type of workouts that pump me up and boost my mood are definitely those of the short and sharp variety. I exercise because I want to, not because I have to. I’m lucky enough to live by the water, so nature plays a huge part in my workouts. I would much rather be outside than in most stuffy, stinking gyms. Loads of people get great results in the gym but I’m fortunate to have the ability to structure my workout from various locations.
4. I try to stress less and not be a perfectionist. My rule with most things is 90-95% is good enough. Whatttttttt?! Aren’t trainers supposed to be perfect and do/give everything till they have nothing left? In my opinion and experience, no! That’s how you burn out- by trying to please everyone. You can’t help everybody nor are you everyones cup of tea. I would never have finished my eBooks (50DaysNoSugar Book 1 & 2, Banish The Bloat, Butt Beautification and Get Lean Now!) if I worried about a few spelling mistakes/grammar errors here and there. I don’t sweat the small stuff. I always feel I could add one more recipe or one more page of advice but you know what, If I keep adding, changing and stressing about the “PERFECT” scenario, nothing would come out and then I don’t get to help my readers and followers. The same goes for my body/looks. I used to wake up everyday and focus on the “bit’s” I hated. “Oh, I could be skinner…Why does my skin look so shit today….My right boob is saggier than my left boob (true story!) or why did I have to be the kid that has a 3rd degree burn on their arm.” All of that stuff really can play on your mind- day in and day out. Then I released one day, I can’t keep going through this battle with myself every single damn day- this has got to stop. So I focused on the good bits. I cut myself off when I began with the negative talk. When I felt like missing a workout, I reminded myself of the body goals I had in mind. I just shifted the negative into the positive. I read self help books and actually followed the advice. My favourites are by Louise Hay and Dan Millman. I’m at peace with who I am
5. I listen to all different pieces of advice. A lot of trainers out there are one sided in their skills. They are crossfit junkies, they will only eat a certain way or they are stretchy, bendy yogi’s etc. I personally feel, to stand the test of time in this cray cray industry, you need to constantly inform yourself, update your skills, use a variety of acquired skills and also be prepared to refer out when you can’t help somebody. As they say “There is more than one way to skin a cat”. There truly is! You can perform weight training and get super results, you can do cardio training and super results. It’s all about perception and what people personally favour doing long term. My ideal workout is different to your ideal workout. As long as you get results, that’s the most important thing at the end of the day.
6. Lastly, I’m not trying to win friends and influence people. That last bit may be a lie- I do care about influencing people but I’m not out to be Little Miss Nice Girl. No way! It’s not in my nature. I’m direct for a reason- to get my point across. I’m loud and bossy. Some people can handle straight shooters, I hate walking on eggshells around people. I also recommend dumping any negative relationships/friendships you may currently have in your life. That goes the same in my business. If I feel a client isn’t performing or damaging the quality of our session, I politely show them the door.
It’s all above a certain level of EQUAL respect. If I let everyone show up late, cancel without telling me and so on, I’d just be on BIG DOORMAT. “I am not and will never be a doormat”. And I implore you to use this mantra in your life.
Hope this little insight into me resonates with the majority of you, as always I’ll be back real soon