News flash: Personal trainers aren't perfect either. We do all the same human stuff you do. Sometimes we do great on our plan all week and get off track over the weekend when hanging out with our friends. Sometimes we set new goals for the week and then fall back in the same old habits. We go overboard on holidays and some of us (GASP) like beer and donuts.
We too get excited about a new program then fall off the wagon three weeks into it. We might not always talk about it, but I assure you unless your trainer is from another planet, they aren't perfect either.
I thought it would be fun to explore how, as fitness trainers, we sometimes fall into the "Do as I say not what I do." trap. It's not that we're hypocrites, it's that we're human. There is no such thing as perfect, so it's a good idea to redefine what perfection looks like for you.
We are all individuals and what is perfect for one person could be a disaster for another. My perfect plan includes pizza sometimes and an occasional glass (or three) of wine because for me, heavy restricting always led to overindulging. That's me. You might be different.
I stopped trying to be perfect a long time ago. It's a losing battle. I do the best I can and sometimes my best is a long fall from perfection...and that's ok. I learned how to balance my goals with my lifestyle. For example, I know that to maintain my weight and work towards strength goals I need to limit my alcohol intake and how often I eat out. These are sacrifices I make to reach my goals, but sometimes I get off track.
The sooner you realize that you don't have to be perfect to make progress the more sane and sustainable your journey. Do the best you can, be mindful, try to do the right thing most of time, allow room for treats, and when you make a mistake (we all do), get back on track as soon as possible.
To illustrate my point I reached out on one of my trainer's groups on Facebook and asked for "Confessions of a Fit Professional." I thought the answers were so human and eye-opening. We're all in this together, folks. Let's forget about perfect and learn how to weave our fitness goals into our lifestyle. A coach can often help you do that. This is the reason that you'll see coaches and trainers hiring their own. It's not about knowledge, it's about your ability to apply that knowledge in the real world. It can be hard (or damn near impossible) to look at our own training and journey objectively. Outside accountability can be the road to success.
CONFESSIONS OF A FITPRO
I'll go first...my clients are going to give me $hit about this. ha.
No one is perfect, not even your trainer. As trainers, we can be wildly successful in helping other people reach their goals and still struggle with our own. We are often just in different places on the same path. This is all positive. You want a trainer who is human, someone you can relate to, someone just like you, not a muscle-bound perfection robot who only eats broccoli and grilled chicken breast and doesn't understand why that isn't working in your life.
I assure you that as trainers most of us strive to talk the talk and walk the walk, but we are fallible too. We're all humans doing the best we can. We can be successful in reaching our goals without perfection. It takes consistency and persistence. Keep going my friend, you'll get there.
A special thank you to my trainer friends for willing to be so transparent.
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