When studying to become a personal trainer I anticipated that I would learn how the bodies’ muscles work and new exercises to instruct people through. What I did not anticipate is that there is so much in being a ‘personal trainer’.
I love this profession and while everyone is different and need different techniques for their individual profile - here is what I have learnt that relates to ALL people.
1. THE MORE SPECIFIC THE GOAL, THE BETTER.
Lots of people give very broad goals such as I want to lose weight or tone up. This is a good start but having a goal that is more specific can have greater benefits in terms of progress. I had a client whose specific goal was to lose 10kg’s in 6 months for her daughter’s wedding, she pushed herself to achieve her goal in the time she had set and when the wedding day arrived, she looked amazing!
2. STEP AWAY - FROM THE SCALES.
If you are aiming to lose weight or get fit, don’t pay much attention to the scales, and if you have to look at the scales PLEASE don’t do it every day! Instead, look in the mirror, do you look & feel healthy? Do your jeans fit better? Or maybe you’re sleeping better. Use yourself as a measure of your training instead of waiting for the scales to tell you a certain number. Being healthy is more than what number you’re on - it’s about how you feel.
3. FEED YOURSELF REAL FOOD.
When you start training you begin to burn more energy. This is good! But we need to refill those energy supplies with the best stuff. Energy is energy - measured in kilojoules or calories and it comes from all foods. The big difference is in what comes with those foods? Is there fats in there that are good for my heart? Are there additional vitamins and nutrients that piggyback along for the ride? These are the questions that are good to start asking. Try not to supplement unless you really need to, you can get everything you need from real whole foods.
4. SEE THE WHOLE YOU.
Don’t pick yourself apart; 2 reasons - 1) it isn’t going to get you anywhere but down and 2) YOU are so much more than a collection of body parts, your individual, you think individually and can do pretty much anything you set your mind too - both physically and mentally. Try to think of your body as a whole and that you are going to train your body as a whole. Forget worrying about a bit of a jiggle and instead get focused on the wiggle.
5. TRY STRENGTH – IT IS POWER AFTER ALL.
Strength is power, feeling stronger is not only body powerful - is it emotionally powerful. When I started my strength training program I remember feeling so empowered when noticed that my body was able to do the things I never thought it would/could do! It’s an amazing feeling being able to lift all the shopping out of the car at once or finally complete a set of full push-ups.
6. KNOW THAT YOU CAN.
We ALL have thoughts of insecurity or fear, but it’s important not to stay there or to act from that place. If you want to get stronger, run faster or jump higher you have to want it and KNOW you can do it. Don’t linger on the less important emotions or talk yourself out of achieving. Just jump in!