May 10, 2013
Hug a trainer. Really. Go find one, even if you don’t currently use one. Show your strength and some love. I know we can be an intimidating bunch, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
One of the great joys of my fitness career is having the opportunity to be a fitness leader and travel around speaking to other fitness trainers to help them get better at what they do. And they are some of the most passionate and dedicated people you will meet.
I can see it in their eyes during my presentations. They are hungry for more knowledge and ideas to help you. They want to be better so they can make you better. They always ask me about you. After one of my sessions or in the halls, it always starts with, “I have a client who…” and the end of that sentence contains information about someone the trainer is working with that is proving difficult to find success with. They want my help in helping you and I can see the dedication in their eyes.
However we train you, and whatever our personalities or training style, every trainer starts in fitness at the same place – with a desire, some would call it a need, to help people like you. We know that whatever you do in life, it gets better and you will enjoy it more when you are fitter. And we want to share this feeling with you.
We constantly question what we do and why we do it to get better at presenting fitness to you in such a way that you can more successfully make it part of your life.
From the TV shows, you think we are all scary, screaming fitness monsters. The majority of us aren’t. Most of us are just deeply passionate. Yes, we are sometimes intense, but our enthusiasm comes from our desire to see you shine, not just to have you follow orders.
I just spent a couple days speaking to trainers on the east coast at a fitness conference and am now on the west coast speaking to another group of great trainers who want to get even better for you.
So go find a trainer and hug one. Bear hug, bro hug, or big hug. Show your appreciation through a show of strength and love.
Trust me when I say that we give until it hurts. We don’t want you to do what we say, we want you to absorb what we teach and to make it part of you so that you can benefit from it for the rest of your life. The bigger your struggles have been with fitness, the stronger our desire to help you and see you succeed. This often takes a lot out of us.
The physical effort it takes to get in shape is a fraction of the mental and emotional energy it takes us to help you turn the corner and own it and make it part of you. Underneath our muscles and tough façade, we are just like you. We want the same things – the best for you.
Bear hug, bro hug, or big hug…go find a trainer and hug one.