Monday, June 25, 2007

Back in the Game! And what personal training means to me

After a short blogging hiatus, I'm back in full force. This break was nice in the way that it was recharging, giving me some great topics for future posts. And there's no better way to get going again than to explain what personal training means to me.

This was a question that was asked of me last week. "...What are your feelings on personal training, what makes you happy and excited about it, the feelings that you have when you are exercising, the feelings that you want others to have while exercising, what you want your clients to get from you..."

While this question was asked for business purposes, it was exciting to reflect on the feelings I have for one of my biggest life passions. It was extremely motivating for me and it was a wonderful reminder of why helping to motivate others to change their lives is so rewarding for me.

I want to be able to help people help themselves, to feel empowered, be excited about fitness and successful in reaching their goals.

To me, personal training is a life changing experience. Many times when someone starts personal training, they have a horrible self image. They are usually depressed, desperate and confused because they just don't know where to start. When I sit down with someone in an initial consultation, they are often brought to tears because they are so frustrated with themselves and the false fitness information that they come across. I'm usually their last resort.

Personal training brings them hope and confidence. It brings back the spark that's been missing in their lives. They feel happier about themselves and the life they are leading. They have more energy, they feel stronger. They feel a sense of accomplishment and they are excited about the new "you" they see in the mirror. My training program has even saved a marriage.

My primary goal as a personal trainer is to educate. I want my clients to learn everything they need to know to become dependent on themselves, not me, to lead a healthy lifestyle. It's so important to me that people are empowered and capable because this is how lives are changed, with long lasting results. Not only are the individual lives changed, but this education on healthy living is passed down to their children.

Hope, excitement, optimism, physical/mental strength, accomplishment, self confidence, exhilaration from the adrenaline rush, education, motivation, a life changing experience...these are all of the feelings and results that I want people to get from my programs while exercising.

For me personally, the fitness hook is the adrenaline rush. While I'm doing cardio, pumping away to whatever music I have on my iPod, pushing my physical and mental limits...the rush is amazing. The goose bumps, the energy that flows through my blood and my entire body...I feel it from the top of my head to the soles of my feet. I get the same feeling after completing a particularly difficult exercise. I love it. I walk out of the gym tired, but it's a good tired. I feel great. I get that rewarding sense of accomplishment.

It's difficult to limit my feelings to a few short paragraphs, but it's why I love doing what I do.

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