FACT: I’m a personal trainer and I, myself, have a trainer.
Hands up if you think it’s strange that, even though I am a fitness and fat loss coach myself, I hire someone to tell me what to do?
After all, you’d think that, knowing what I know and with all my training experience, I’d be able to give myself good workouts, wouldn’t you?
I don’t blame you for that reaction. Perfectly logical.
But stay with me. Let me explain.
I have trained for a very long time, long before fitness was my job. I am, as anyone who has trained with me or alongside me, can testify, one of those weird people that thrives on hard training. I don’t just enjoy seeing the results on my body, but I actually like the burn, the grind, and the feeling of being out of breath.
Before I was a trainer, I used to think about how amazing it would be to be in this industry full time., how amazing it would be to “just work out all day.”
Then I became a trainer. I became very busy. I started fitness camps which required me to get out of bed three times a week at 5am. On other days I’d get a lie in until 6am!
And even though I am a big fan of going to bed early – you’ll very rarely catch me up after 10pm on a school night, the 5am starts are tough sometimes especially in the winter.
In addition to actual training sessions with clients, there’s everything that goes with it. My fitness camps are not like most other bootcamps. I put a lot into educating my clients, being there for them when they need me., helping them get results every step of the way. That’s what I promise them when they sign up. And I do my best never to let anyone down.
About six or seven months ago, I started to feel a little jaded in my own training. After a day of coaching other people and very early starts, I was starting to find it difficult to motivate myself to do my own training.
I’d make little excuses to myself when I had a window to work out. You know the kind…
“I’ll come back later.”
“I’m due a rest day.”
“I’m too busy to train.”
Even with all my experience and my passion for hard training, I was struggling a little bit.
On days when I did train, I had no real focus. I’d find programmes on the internet and do them. And even though I keep meticulous notes with my clients, down to the last rep, I wasn’t doing that for myself. So I wasn’t really progressing, I didn’t really have any goals.
I knew I had to do something. I decided to look for a trainer.
But I didn’t just want a “beaster”. I wanted someone who knew more than me, a lot more. I wanted someone I could learn from, someone I who could help me set goals and write me programmes to reach them.
I wanted someone to pull me back together, make my training cohesive, give me a focus, take me out of my comfort zone. It takes more than a shedload of burpees to do that! Hell, I went through a phase of doing 100 a day just for fun.
So I contacted my old trainer, Jack Graham who now works in Dubai and asked him to point me in the direction of a trainer who could deliver all of that and more.
And that’s how I ended up at Primal Health in Liverpool with John Wright.
That was last summer. And I’m still enjoying every minute of every workout – okay maybe not the weighted hanging leg raises so much, but you get the idea!
It’s my “me time.” I train twice a week. In that time, I’ve learned probably 50 new strength exercises. I learned shed loads about how the nervous system works, my flexibility has increased. I’ve perfected my deadlift technique to the point where 100 kg doesn’t feel heavy. I’ve hit a max deadlift of 150kg, thanks to a periodised 10 week programme. I’ve squatted one half times my bodyweight. I can even do a few full hang chin ups.
He keeps all the data. All I have to do is turn up and train hard. It’s a no brainer. Best thing I’ve done for myself in a long time.
Now I look forward to my training again. My sessions go into my diary every week and I plan my clients around them, not the other way around.
John is a superb coach. I have respect for his knowledge. He gives me confidence. If he tells me I can do something, I give it my best shot.
If I ever turn up and my head’s not in the game (rare but it does happen), he’ll spot it and tweak the programme so I always go away feeling good.
Everything I’ve learned with him, I’ve added into my own training repertoire with my clients – where applicable, obviously.
The truth is, you can ask me why, as a trainer myself, I should need to hire someone to train me. The answer is simple.
I believe in coaching.
Not a single moment of those two sessions a week is wasted. I don’t consider it to be “spending money on a trainer.” I consider it to be an investment in myself. John brings out the best in me. I feel good about myself. I learn cool stuff. I pass it on to my clients. I get coached in my own technique. I make sure all my clients lift with good technique.
So, my question to you, is….if I have a trainer – with everything I know – why don’t you have one?
If you’re really serious about getting in shape, why don’t you have somebody there to help you get the most from your workouts.?
Think about it, if you’re doing the same old shizzle in the gym every time you go, if you’re bored with your work outs, if you use every excuse in the book to get out of training, you need a trainer.
If your shape isn’t changing, even though you seem to spend hours in the gym, you need a trainer.
If you’re paying for a gym and never going because you haven’t got a clue what you’re doing, cancel your membership and hire a trainer.
Think of it this way. If your washing machine went on the blink, would you stick your overalls on, grab your toolkit and have a tinker on the off-chance that you can fix it? Do you even have a toolkit. for that matter?
Of course you wouldn’t. And if you’re a plumber, your answer doesn’t count!
So why do you do the same with your fitness and fat loss goals?
If someone who loves training as much as I do, has trained for a gazillion years and almost certainly knows more than you, enlists the services of a coach, then that should tell you something.
Decide what you want to achieve and find a trainer who specialises in it. Stop wasting hours of your life doing stuff in the gym that neither interests you or serves any purpose whatsoever. Or stop wasting hundreds of pounds on a gym membership that you don’t use.
Find a trainer that you like, that you relate to, that you respect, that pushes you when you need it and helps you when you’re struggling.
Find a trainer that listens to you and can justify every single exercise they are prescribing to you.
You won’t regret it, I promise.
LADIES, IF YOU LIVE IN MERSEYSIDE…
* If you’re interested in dropping body fat and getting fitter and stronger in four weeks, visit my website: www.projectmefitness.co.uk
* If you’re interested in one-to-one training, learning how to lift weights safely and effectively to change your body shape, contact me on 0783 445 1960.
* If you’re interested in spending hours on a treadmill, doing 1000 sit ups a day because Britney Spears used to do that, and lifting a soup tin weight for 50o reps like all the celeb trainers advise, good luck with that!
And finally, I’m going to give you the best excuse ever for buying McVitie’s biscuits: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxXZ_uEVr9c