Training a client at Beyond FIT.
Over the past few weeks, I have had several opportunities to step into a different role in the gym and actually train clients. It has been an incredible experience; motivating and pushing
people to go farther than they thought possible gives me a rush like no other.
When I decided to change my path and start working toward my personal trainer certification, I thought that group classes would be my niche. After training several clients one-on-one, I now know that I am going to excel in all aspects of training. Seeing someone accomplish something that they were not able to do just a short while ago is a really inspiring feeling.
Training clients in small groups has an interesting dynamic. Each individual has unique needs and it is important to find the right balance among the group. As a trainer, you need to play different roles with different people - simultaneously. Some need a cheerleader; encouraging them in an upbeat way. Others need a commanding presence; a stern voice to motivate them to push through. Everyone needs to be supported and coached in a positive environment where growth is promoted & accomplishments and achievements are celebrated. This is in addition, of course, to modeling the exercise, spotting during training, providing feedback and moving the class along so everyone completes the session in a safe environment.
Breathe and Go.
This morning, I coached a Camp FIT workout along with Chad. It was a huge moment for me and I was beyond excited. I have spent some time lately thinking about the "type" of trainer I strive to be. What will my style be? I have worked with several coaches in various settings across different states. I keep up with celebrity trainers and watch the Biggest Loser. I think about what my needs and desires have been as a client. Today was the day I had been waiting for; the opportunity to showcase all I have learned and make my dream come true. When you want something you have to go after it and that is exactly what I set out to do!
I was nervous this morning. It felt like a job interview in a way. A wave of insecurities and questions flashed through my mind before we started. Would I explain and demonstrate the exercises correctly? What if I forgot something? What if people thought I didn't look like a trainer? What if they thought I was not good enough to be their coach? Would I be able to help guide people along, keeping the energy high and motivating clients? This lasted for one second and I pushed all of those negative thoughts aside. I was not going to put any emotion behind those feelings. They are not welcome here. It does not matter what anybody else thinks. I know with every fiber of my being that I am ready for this. I am enough.
Just as the workout was about to start, I took a deep breath. Sky above me, earth below me, fire within me. I forgot about all the traits I have admired in other trainers. I forgot about everything the textbook says a "good trainer" should possess. I am myself; unique and unlike any other trainer. I let it all go and before I knew it ... it was happening. I was the trainer, the leader, the guide, the motivational force. I was a commander; strong and powerful. I was amazing in mind, body and spirit.
Motivating everyone was incredible. We had a huge turnout and the energy at the training center was phenomenal. If I could bottle up a feeling to keep forever - this would be it. I will never forget this day. I am so thankful to everyone who was a part of it. It was an absolute honor to coach everyone and I am forever grateful to Chad for seeing my potential and providing me with this opportunity. We make such a great team and I can't wait to do this every day! The world is ready for me.
People remain where they are because they believe that is where they ought to be. They rise to new heights of achievement and ability because they believe they will. - Earl Nightingale
A tribute to 2012. What a wonderful year it has been!
Here's to the:
| commitment | burpees | sweat | two-a-days | bruises | dedication | side braid |
| playground workouts | focus | progress photos | motivational quotes |
| laughter | growth | spotify jams | box jumps | reassuring glances | challenge |
| bandanas | research | green juice | band-aids | change | tears | new friends |
| PR's | support | training | goals | passion | kettlebell swings | beast mode | drive |
2013 is here and I have declared it to be my year.
I am focused, determined and confident. I am in action and will do whatever it takes.