I am sitting in the Starbucks on Cambie and 19th ave. right now feeling a little bit guilty about the fact that I ordered a mocha this morning, but it is okay once in a while, right?
There are a few things I just wanted to address about being a Personal Trainer. Whenever I meet someone new and tell them that I am a personal trainer they are always thrilled! And you know what the first thing they say is? "Oh geez, you must be in such great shape since you workout all day!" But the truth is, I don't always get to workout as much as I would like because I am often busy training other people.
Personal Training isn't as glamorous as people always think. We get up at the crack of dawn (sorry no earlier than a 6am start for this gal), we work triple to quadruple split shifts sometimes (often making for a 14-16 hour day), and it can be hard on the body. Even though we aren't working out all day, we do stand on our feet for long hours, move equipment around, and put a lot of energy into making sure each and every one of our clients sessions meet his or her expectations.
But, that is a very small price to pay for the benefits that DO make this job glamorous!
Last night when I got home from work I got a lovely text: "Thanks for making me feel better and giving me a pep talk!" And last Sunday as I was sitting at my desk planning workouts I got a phone call at 10pm from a client who thanked me for helping her on her journey to living a healthier lifestyle. She said she couldn't have done it without me!
Since I started managing group training, I have seen a lot of e-mails and heard a lot of clients say that "Groundwork Athletics has literally changed my life."
It is when we hear that sort of message that it negates the long hours and 5am alarm clocks; and it is when we get those texts and e-mails that we as trainers know we got into this industry for the right reason!
For me Personal Training is about helping clients reach goals, pushing them to places they never thought they could go, challenging clients, a form of preventative healthcare; and when what I do with a client in a session impacts their life for more than that 1 hour I spend with them, that is what reminds me why I love my job so much.
Thanks for reading,
P.S. The fact that it is totally acceptable for me to wear yoga pants to work is pretty awesome too...yeah!