I have the best job of all time. Working as a personal trainer means clients lay it all out for me. They tell me what their fears and weaknesses are, and they entrust me with their goals. I not only get to know their weight, their body fat index, and every other quantifiable measure of their health, I also get to know mentally where they are at.
My clients come to me with their own goal, and it’s usually to lose X number of pounds in X number of days. I get that. I always start by explaining it’s not as much about the scale as it is about your overall fat percentage, and we go from there. I want to help them achieve their goals. I know feeling in charge of their body will give them confidence in their life, and I also know losing the fat is going to improve their health in the long run by taking pressure off their joints and strain off their cardiovascular system and so much more.
At the same time, I have my own goals when I meet a new client. I do not believe the number on a scale is as important as the client’s outlook on fitness following a package of sessions with me. I have three goals with my clients:
- Meet the client’s goals (if they are reasonable).
- Educate the client on what is healthy.
- Give the client the confidence to continue workouts long after their sessions are over.
I recently received a Facebook message from one of my favorite clients, and it warmed my heart to hear about her progress. While we worked together, she did start to drop pants sizes and meet her goal. After her sessions with me ended, I continued to impact her life through what I had taught her.
That’s “great” not “fear” – iPhone problems. Messages like this are why what I do means so much to me. The number on the scale may be a quick and easy assessment, but it is not the best indicator of real health. By teaching people what health should really look like – from the food choices down to the active minutes in their day – I have a lasting effect on my clients that goes far beyond the sessions they pay for.
I want my clients to know what a healthy lifestyle should be, and I want them to leave me feeling comfortable in a gym. I may not get feedback from all of them, but I am so proud of those who have stayed in touch.
If you answered “yes” in the above poll, reach out at your local gym. I’m sure there are staff members and trainers who would absolutely love to educate you on the equipment. They will work with you to come up with a workout plan that makes you comfortable. It’s their job, and I promise you won’t be the first person. If you answered “I use to” in the above poll, I would love for you to comment and explain how you overcame the discomfort. Everyone should be able to feel at home in the gym; it should be a safe, judgment free zone.
“Healthy” is a lifestyle. To be healthy, you have to make decisions about your daily living, and you have to stay committed. #APerfectFit