Believe it or not one of the most popular reason’s for not starting personal training is individuals feel they need to “get ready” for that experience. These are people who feel the need to get into a routine, get some cardio in to not feel super out of shape, or hit some weights again to shake off the cobwebs. Usually this revolves around insecurity about their abilities, especially if they were in better shape at some point in their life. What seems to skip peoples minds is that is quite literally what personal training is for and this type of “excuse” is inevitably a way to avoid the responsibility together. Whether it’s intentional or not, it doesn’t make much of a difference. That is because if we are procrastinating in anyway we are delaying our ability to act and ACTION is what leads to CHANGE.
IF ALL WE NEEDED WAS A “JUMP START”, THEN WE WOULD HAVE DONE IT ALREADY, WITHOUT A TRAINER.
If this idea truly worked then we would see drastically less people who need/want to train. This is not the case.
This serves as a reminder of what a personal trainer actual does. It’s easy to lump us into a generalized group of people that just teach exercise. This is a drastically simplified understanding of what personal training is, at least EFFECTIVE personal training that is.
One of the biggest factors in member success is SHOWING UP. If we already have a hard time showing up for ourself, then the likelihood we’ll do it with this false motivation of “prepping to train”, is very slim. One of the biggest aspects of personal training is ACCOUNTABILITY. It is knowing you have a session or class at a specific time and day EACH WEEK. Knowing this is and feeling this is half the battle of showing up; because you know your trainer will be asking where you are at if you are not there. You also PAID for this so you‘re more likely to take it seriously and want to show up.
BUT…IT’S TOO EASY TO BAIL ON OURSELVES.
Another contributing factor to training is knowledge, or lack thereof. There is no need to get ready for personal training because a proper training program will assess, monitor and advance individuals based on the previous and current abilities. Meaning we factor in who you are, what you have done and where you are currently. This being very important to avoid overtraining, scaring people away, or more simply, not being considerate of an individuals wants/needs as a customer. A true trainer is here to push you but based on YOU and YOUR ABILITIES not their ideas of you, or assumptions of your abilities. If you come across a trainer like that you will likely not enjoy yourself and not last very long as a customer.
We can actually take this whole idea of getting ready for a trainer and flip it on its head and say having this FEELING at all is a PERFECT sign that you need a trainer, RIGHT NOW.
It means you’ve done 3 very important things:
- You’ve thought about it, you’ve recognized you do in fact need help. A big first step to change. Some rather remain unaware.
- You are on some level insecure of your ability or body image. Both are great “whys” that you can track and improve upon.
- You want to take some sort of action. Knowing that you want to do something opens the door to actually doing it. If you’ve thought about hiring a trainer then its most likely the exact route you should take. You’re not feeling that way for no reason.
All three of those being good momentum builder for life changes. Hiring a trainer then holds you accountable for those feelings. The more days and times spent with that trainer, or in that environment, will build the habits, the routine and knowledge to ideally allow us to take responsibility for ourselves with (maybe some) minimal intervention.
It’s ok to need help. That is not only what we are here for but it is what directly fuels our passion. We want to help because we understand how valuable it truly is.
You DON’T need to get ready for a personal trainer, you just NEED that personal trainer.
We are here waiting.
This is VŌLITION.