We are one of the lucky ones to go to work to do what we love, but let’s face it nobody gets into the industry for the money. Yes, there are plenty of successful Fitness Professionals out there but this isn’t a career known for its millions. So to have the will to be in this industry comes with serious health and fitness passion paired with the desire to help people. No matter how much we love coming to work there are definitely some things that will make us flip some serious shit.
- Cleaning Up After Your Crap. Do you move all your furniture around and block hallways? Do you pee all over your toilet seat and leave toilet paper on the ground? Do you leave your sweaty crotch juice all over your furniture and not wipe it down? I hope you just got a disgusting visual with the idea of “sweaty crotch juice” because it is that disgusting! Nobody in the club, members or employees, should have to follow you around with a towel to make sure machines and benches are usable for the next person. Do everyone a favor and practice being an adult and clean up your shit. If your gym has towels to use then take as many as you want, but for Christ’s sake DO NOT use the gym equipment as towel racks. This isn’t a damn laundry mat!
- When You Know What You Should Be Doing And Do The Opposite But Expect Results. I once had a client who went on a starvation diet. I made myself very clear that this was the dumbest thing they could, but of course they didn’t listen to me. Two weeks later they were surprised to see that their body fat went up and couldn’t understand why. I go into yet another explanation on how this starvation diet was stupid and before I could finish my sentence he goes, “Your body thinks it’s starving so it stores body fat…” I am pretty sure at that moment I wanted to chuck a weight at him. If you know that starving yourself isn’t going to get results, binge drinking is counterproductive or skipping workouts delays your progress then stop effin doing it AND acting surprised that your aren’t progressing. Nobody is perfect so you will have your mistakes, but when you know are doing the wrong thing and act shocked at the results then I’m going to flip shit.
- When You Say “I Can’t” But Don’t Even Try. There is NOTHING about exercising that feels good while you are doing it; I mean even stretching can feel uncomfortable. If exercising was easy and then people would do it, but it’s not. There is progression to your body’s strength and the last thing we would ever want to do is set you up for failure. As your trainer, we want you to leave our sessions feeling accomplished and confident in what you are doing so if we tell you to do something it is because we KNOW you can. Personally, I have a lot of patience for people but I flip my shit when someone is full of “I can’t” and has a little baby tantrum crying over their discomfort and they haven’t even tried it. JUST STOP! It hurts because you are deconditioned. We are working together because you are deconditioned. You decided to make a change because you are tired of being deconditioned. There is nothing about moving that is going to feel great as you are deconditioned so stop complaining and let me do what you hired me for – help you get better! By the way, nothing gets easier because you get stronger. It actually gets harder because you are stronger and you should see that as a personal compliment.
- When You Forget We Have Time Off Too. We love you, we really do. When we tell you we are there for you, we mean that. When we say to text/call/email me anytime we also mean that. But we also expect you to know the difference between an urgent matter and a question that can wait till our next session or at least a workday. We spend endless hours educating others on the importance of living healthier and taking care of themselves that it is very easy to put our health and time on the back burner. So when we have personal time that personal time is very valuable. The last thing we want is to be bothered with messages about things that can wait and then have you get mad at us because we aren’t as responsive. We don’t mean to be rude, but at some point we have to figure out when to leave work at work and be a real person that isn’t defined by their job.
- When You Confuse Us For A Personal Assistant. It doesn’t happen often, but there is always that one client that thinks the title “Personal Trainer” means “Personal Anything-I-want-Trainer”. We are not genies that grant you wishes and you are not paying us to do your research on the latest and greatest home gym equipment. If you want our opinions or have questions about things you are looking into then by all means we will give you our input. If we need to look into more research to give you a final opinion then we may even do that for you. But don’t say, “I want to buy a stair master. Find me the best one.” Don’t expect us to use our personal time to google something you could have easily done.
Personal Trainers are very generous with their time, compassionate with your journey and practice a lot of patience because this process is a learning curve. We cater to a lot of different personalities; some are easy to bond with and others take more work to build. Either way, we are emotionally invested in seeing you grow and get stronger, but if you want to see us flip shit then take advantage of our passion and treat us like the help. So be a Peach and don’t make us fire you because nobody wins that way.