The Fitness Ramblings of the Fit Fem
Posted on 08/20/2012 at 01:40 AM to The Fit Fem Rant
Hello my Fit Fem'rs! While driving from a session with one of my clients, I had a series of thoughts:
The weight loss journey is different for everyone. Clients and their loved ones need to learn how to be patient. Trainers get pressured to deliver clients results typically within a month. But every person is different. Bodies react differently. Weight loss is effected by different things... hormones, stress, sleep, eating habits, lifestyle habits, allergies and nutrition. Clients need to learn to not expect miracles from their trainers. Weight loss is not an overnight thing. It can take months, even years. Sure some clients may see results within a week while others see the results months and months later. Either way it takes time. It's like having a 5-year-old go to Kindergarten and expect them to be able to produce a thesis on electromagnetic fields. Really? That child needs to go school for years first, experience life and get the appropriate levels education before he/she is able to produce such a thesis. Same goes with weight loss. It takes trial and error, it takes patience, hard work, commitment. Not just 30 days or even 60 days with a trainer. Or a pill for that matter. Or surgery. Trainers are there to present the information and the education, to act as a coach to motivate and encourage you, to guide you through the workouts, and to challenge your body. BUT, we are not your miracle workers.
So to all personal training clients out there - please do not listen to friends, colleagues, acquantances, whomever tell you that you are wasting your money with personal training. Trainers work hard for you, trainers drive to your houses, customize programs for you, they learn how to push you, they learn your strengths and highlight those in your workouts, they learn your weaknesses and help convert them to strengths. It's never a waste of money. If you think personal training is a waste of money, well then the whole college education system is a waste of money. So is your mani pedi, so is your trip to the salon every week, so are your impluse buys at retails stores, spas, and restaurants. And please don't listen to the people who tell you their fitness program is better than anything else out there, cough cough, CROSS FIT, ZUMBA, P90X, INSANITY, this boot camp, that boot camp, this gym, that gym, etc... Nothing against them (I respect all fitness modalities and appreciate them for what they are worth) but it's funny how cultish some fitness programs can become. People only do them because their circle of friends do them, because it's a trend, because it's what everyone is raving about. You choose which program best suits you and you stick to it. Do your research. Jumping from program to program and diet to diet so haphazardly is never a good thing! I'm not saying to always do the same thing over and over, (because you know how I like to diversify my workouts) but what I'm saying is give a training program its due time, be patient with yourself, don't let your perceptions become your reality, and don't give up too soon. Success is just around the corner.
Keeping the fun in fitness!
Your fit fem personal trainer and expert in women's only fitness,
""The characteristic of a genuine heroism is its persistency. All men have wandering impulses, fits and starts of generosity. But when you have resolved to be great, abide by yourself, and do not weakly try to reconcile yourself with the world. The heroic cannot be the common, nor the common the heroic." - Ralph Waldo Emerson