I have one client who trains with me at 5AM, twice per week. What is really interesting is the amount of complaints and rebukes I receive from people when I tell people about this. People treat it like it is unworldly to train someone at 5AM. I hear complaints almost constantly, and I often hear the following quotes (verbatim):
“I cannot believe you wake up so early in the morning just for your client. Tell him to move to a different timeslot!”
“I cannot believe someone would want to train at that time in the morning”
“I would never have my clients train that early in the morning”
“I hope you charge extra to train your client that early in the morning”
“You must hate your life and complain to your client all the time about the early timeslot”
No sir, my client and I are actually the only people who do not complain about the 5AM sessions. He comes in for one reason only – to workout. I am not there to entertain him and not much is usually said during the sessions (we can be grumpy at times). My job is simply to unlock and open a warm studio and supervise a safe and effective workout for him because he knows that 5AM is his time, and his only time, to workout.
What I find rather distressing and disappointing is that the above quotes come mostly from other personal trainers. I thought our priority was to promote health and fitness and preach an active lifestyle, even for the “I’m too busy” clients. My belief was that we should emphasize to people to always make time for some form of exercise – no matter what. If health and fitness is a main priority, people will make time for it.
So rather than whine about a client training with me at 5AM like so many people, I commend him for making the time to work on his health and fitness. Due to his demanding and high-stress work schedule – he travels upwards of 100,000 miles per year – 5AM is the only time he can workout. Congrats to him on recognizing that.
I am fully aware that I am much more peachy than most people early in the morning. But even if I wasn’t, I would still come in early in the morning for him or anyone else who wanted an obscure timeslot – morning or night. Clients who pick these ’extreme’ times to workout have recognized that those are their times for their health and fitness; they have made the time to work on what is important to them, rather than wait until the time is right.
My client has been with me for quite a long time and I never blinked at his request to come in early on a regular basis. I commend him on doing his best on living a balanced lifestyle. Many people call his workout schedule crazy; I call it dedication. He has actually inspired me to do my own 5AM training sessions at least once per week when I am gridlocked with early morning clients. I am thankful and lucky to have a client like him.