Being a personal trainer and group fitness instructor for many years, I am pretty sure I have seen it all. This isn’t one of those moments where you brag about what you have seen. What I really mean is, I have seen a lot of things I don’t wish to see. Not only that, but there are plenty of moments when a client is super happy about they started doing and want to get super excited for them too – but really want to tell them that it may not be a good idea. Bursting bubbles isn’t something I am into doing. If I could get away with some things I would, but a lot of the time the result would be devastating. Hopefully, sharing some of these ‘secrets’ will help save you in the future or save a friend from making the same mistake(s).
- Seek advice before buying shoes. It will save you a lot of money, if you seek out the advice from an expert you look up to in the fitness industry. Whether it is the instructor at your favorite fitness boutique, a personal trainer at the gym you look up to, or a friend that you seek workout advice from. Talking to someone that knows what types of workouts you do on a daily basis, with some sort of working fitness knowledge, will be able to shine the light on you. There are shoes straight up suck, some that are extremely expensive, ones that lack support and shoes that are just a waste of money. Think about it… would you walk into a fancy seafood restaurant and expect their chicken alfredo to be their best dish? No. Find the expert, tell them the types of workouts you do and you will easily find the shoes that work best for you.
- Wear underwear. I don’t know how many times I have seen people’s goodies that I do not care to see. Sorry ladies, but this is more geared at you. Whether you are wearing shorts or wearing leggings. We can see it all. Make underwear a part of your workout clothing. There are even garments on the market that are specifically designed to meet your working out underwear needs – Sweaty Betty, Lululemon, and Under Armour to name a few.
- Take a break. From a financial standpoint, personal trainers would love for you to meet with them every day. But if the personal trainer really has your best interest at heart, then they will educate you and encourage you to take a break. Sure we love seeing and working with the most enthusiastic clients, as they are the ones that are really dedicated and getting results. However, taking a break from your workouts is just as beneficial, if not one of the most important tools in the whole process. You body needs to rest to repair and grow. The last thing a smart personal trainer wants from their client is for them to be overtraining and hurt themselves. Injuries in clients definitely lead to a loss of income.
- We don’t always enjoy working out. We aren’t super human. There are days we absolutely dread working out too. We have those same voices in our heads, that whisper to us telling us to stay in bed or be lazy on the couch. We get it, it is hard and especially hard when you aren’t mentally into it that day. And yes we eat poorly sometimes too. However, personal trainers really don’t have a choice. Imagine seeking fitness advice from someone that doesn’t look in shape or live a healthy life – yeah, it doesn’t work out too well. So sometimes you, and them, just have to suck it up and get it done.
- Be realistic. Sometimes a client’s goals are not realistic at all. Please don’t come to us asking for miracles. Yes we want for you exactly what you want for you, but a lot of the times it isn’t possible. Crushing dreams is not fun. No you cannot drop 40 pounds in a month and look like Jillian Michaels. It is just not realistic and simply NOT HEALTHY. If we were miracle workers we definitely would be leading different lives than we do now. Talk with a handful of people in the fitness industry first to get a gauge on what each one thinks are realistic goals for you. Out of the handful, you will see some commonality with some of the things each one says, as well as find the middle ground between their advice as well. Find something in the middle and start there, you can always adjust as you follow your path. Knowing what is realistic and what is not, will save you a lot of money and keep you mentally healthy as well as physical of course.
- This is not a cat walk. Working out is not a fashion show. No you do not need to wear the tightest clothes possible. No you do not need a face full of make-up. No you do not need to show a lot of skin. No you do not need the latest workout outfit on when you walk through the door. Stop taking pictures. Be comfortable. Wear practical clothing. Get ready to sweat and feel dirty.