I could tell you exactly what you want to hear, I could be the model example of what you want to be, or I can give you a real, raw, and refreshing take on my philosophy, reveal my flaws and share my insights on personal training.
"The skinny" There are two ways of perceiving the quantity of personal trainers that are currently in the marketplace. On one side of the coin, we are a dime a dozen. Pumped out after a weekend course with baseline anatomy, musculature, exercise and other relevant modalities and knowledge. We get to carry a title, but it should be more than a label as it holds immense value for those we serve.
On the other side of the coin, the sheer quantity of personal trainers shows me that there are many out there who want to help others achieve better in their lives. Whether it be levelling up their current Fitness regime, starting up for the first time, regaining autonomy of their health, or any combination there of, having trainers for different ages and stages of life is important.
In this day and age, society as a whole is becoming more aware of how quality of life and health are integral. We are challenging societal norms, breaking out from media portrayals of beauty, and figuring out what our normal should be, often on our own. It can be confusing, overwhelming, and we are our own worst enemy.
We all have our motivations and stories that led us to that conception stage of deciding to make a change in our lives for the better. No one story is more important than the one you hold in your heart. The definition of misery is comparing yourself to someone else, so knowing that you were worthy despite having gone through something or not going through anything at all it is key to your own success.
The trifecta of wellness...
See, it's not just being proficient in physical training, an expert in nutrition, or have a winning personality. Those are all exceptional layers and critical components to making a great trainer, but the most important factor should always surround cultivating a healthy mindset first.
Think about it, if you teach someone with a horrible outlook on themselves, who hold shame and doubt in the forefront of their mind, do you think that their results will be lasting? Do you think that once you are done training them, they will continue on their own? For some, maybe that's the case. But as I have seen over the years with myself, my friends, my peers, and my clients, generally they will not gain full autonomy without resetting and reframing their mindset.
This is not an easy task to accomplish, and even a degree in psychology cannot forcefully change how someone thinks about the world and themselves. The journey starts from within, but guidance and support and empowerment can do big things for persons psyche.<