What would your ideal world be like? Garrison Keillor created Lake Wobegon “where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average.”
Maybe you would like a world where all exercises are easy, all pounds come off quickly, and all personal trainers look like models.
It’s clear that not all personal trainers look like fitness models.
It’s also clear that they’re not aways in great shape. Why?
She suggests 5 reasons why a personal trainer may not be in the best shape:
1. Their heads are in the books.
The best trainers in the world have higher degrees in sports science, regularly write, contribute and engage in scholarly discussion, participate and interrupt [I’m sure she means “interpret”] studies and are always reading and learning. All the mental exercise might leave them with less time for pump physical iron.
2. They realize fitness is more than just how your body looks.
3. They are dedicated to their clients and sometimes neglect themselves.
4. They are recovering from an injury whether physical or emotional.
5. They, like their clients, are also on a fitness journey.
You have to start somewhere, and usually, like Drake, it’s from the bottom. On the way you might plateau, hit rock bottom again, slowly ascend, finally reach your goals only to have the whole cycle repeat itself. Fitness isn’t a destination that once you get there you can kick back and put your feet up and expect to stay there. It’s not any different for trainers.
I think #5 is the most important of the reasons.
I suspect that a personal trainer who also needs to work at fitness will be better able to relate to clients who struggle.
Also remember, the great football coaches and baseball managers were seldom athletic stars. But, that doesn’t keep them from bringing out the best in their players.
If your personal trainer can help you reach your fitness goals, isn’t that enough?