Over the years, I’ve asked fellow fitness professionals how working in the industry has changed their lives, and something we all agree on is that it puts exercising and wellness in a totally different perspective. We share our knowledge.
As a Personal Trainer, I share the interests of my clients, but the training we undergo teaches us a new approach to exercise. Before becoming a Personal Trainer, I’d never had a “training plan” for my workouts. Now, having a plan keeps me focused, and it’s entirely based on my needs and goals rather than on lofty ideas I can’t stick to.
As a Trainer, I’ve learned that there is a difference between “training” and “working out.” When you train, you have specific goals in mind that keep you going. Goals could be to get stronger, faster, or to improve your mobility. Working out, while necessary for staying healthy, doesn’t always guarantee success for your goals. If you don’t see the changes you’re looking for, it’s easy to become discouraged.
Below are some of the ways fitness transforms the lives of coaches and trainers, and it can change yours too:
It Teaches Patience
It’s so easy to think that you can’t physically do something until you learn that there is a learning curve each step of the way. There are a lot of variables in getting from point A to point B. For example, if you’ve never been able to do a chin-up, you learn that it takes time and practice to build up the muscles and get it right – it doesn’t happen overnight. Having patience forms a part of every successful endeavour in your life, and is an essential component in helping you to achieve goals you may not have thought were possible. There is a prerequisite though – you must want to make a change, and then commit to it fully. You will be amazed by what you can do!
It’s So Much More Than Looking Good
It’s true that one of the rewards of exercise is looking good, but it’s a heck of a lot more than what’s on the outside. It starts to become more about what your body can do. Body changes will vary from person to person, but the feeling of getting stronger and gaining functional movement supersedes aesthetics every time.
It’s About Understanding the Basics
Social media allows people to claim that they are fitness gurus, but the problem is that many of them are not real experts, and their focus is promoting how they look. It’s important not to get caught up in what’s trendy, and instead to focus on moving well, and exercises which functionally help with everyday activities.
It’s About Helping Others
For trainers and coaches fitness is not just about us. We must keep fit and healthy to be role models but, for me, it’s about how I can support another person or group to be the very best version of themselves. My fitness practice helps people to get the most out of their lives and to be capable, confident, and free.