Before anyone shouts at me lets just be clear, I am a personal trainer, I have clients, I workout every week but……it seems to me that this is a very odd industry to be in.
Being a PT is one of those rare occupations where you get to be a key part of someone’s life, you can help them make all kinds of changes but the bottom line is that they will never treat you as anything more than a casual hairdresser, someone who they can pick up and drop as and when they want. And mostly, there is a geographical limit to how much people will pay per session and no matter how many qualifications you have or where or how you operate they still wont pay any more per session.
So whilst a few at the top of their game will always prove the exception and make a ton of money there are a whole load of good (and bad) trainers further down the pyramid who are ticking over but will never make enough to finance the dream. I am one of those lucky people who has a day job they love and started down the PT route as a hobby; my intention was always to make it my full time job but having spent some time around trainers and the industry I do think I would be hard pressed to replace my current salary.
I think we all aspire to be fitter, healthier etc but the fitness industry has spent so much time trying to get new people in as trainers there is a massive glut of qualified trainers out there who lack the empathy and life skills to really engage and unfortunately the 18-year old straight from school trainer is the one that gives all the other trainers a bad name! How can someone who has 10 years experience and expects it to be reflected in their rates compete with a newly qualified trainer who has nothing to lose and can charge a rock bottom price?
So what does that mean for me and the dream? Well the dream moves onwards and upwards but just in a new arena and into the area that started the whole Beauty Fitness Fashion blog – in the next few weeks we launch our new on-line Fashion store selling a whole range of fabulous new clothes including some amazingly gorgeous corsets.
So forgive me if for now, I have become disillusioned with fitness and start to shamelessly promote the new business!
At the beginning of my diet, health and fitness search like most people I wouldn’t eat breakfast at all thinking that I was saving calories and convinced that I ate less overall by not eating first thing. The days when I did actually manage to eat breakfast were when I had been awake for hours and breakfast would usually consist of yet another cup of coffee accompanied by (on a good day porridge with butter and sugar) or on a bad day white toast, crumpets or something similar. Always followed up a couple of hours later by something sweet and hoping I could just get through until lunch!
A very early change to my diet was getting my head around the concept of eating breakfast (a) at all and (b) within an hour of waking up both of which were a real challenge to the way I thought about food. I have been slowly changing my diet over the last year and trying to get better at eating clean – I never ate lots of processed food or ready meals but the culprits for me were flour (in anything from bread to pasta), white rice, potatoes and obviously sugary stuff.
Amongst my favourite websites and blogs are a few that manage to mix a bit of common sense with some serious research or some sound medical knowledge – John Briffa has one such blog. As a doctor in his own right I feel that he is pretty well placed to comment on some of medical stories that hit the headlines and we all know just how sensationalist the headlines can be. After all why let the facts get the way of a good story, or at least a good headline!
Now, I have no specific medical training apart from my PT qualifications but my own experiences colour my view of grains, gluten, bread etc. A while back I more or less cut wheat out of my diet and from the very beginning I felt the difference – especially at lunchtime – even now if I do eat a small amount of wheat I feel sleepy for hours after. To put it simply I don’t like how I feel when I eat wheat, grains, gluten, bread etc and I don’t like the affect it has on my body.
I love reading and researching diet, fitness etc and I have a few of my favourite websites/blogs – its good to try and cut through the nonsense and mis-information that populate the net so I would recommend Gnolls.Org; it has some good articles and definitely promotes discussions!
How many times do you say or have you heard “I didn’t have THAT much to eat or drink?” As a trainer its something I hear all the time and to be honest, something I also know I have said but it’s possibly one of the most common “white lies” clients tell their trainers and its the one thing that stops clients really getting to where they want and seeing real changes to their body. And I speak from experience!!
So, most of us at some point in our lives have thought “I need to lose a few pounds!” but what if you had more than a few pounds to lose? What if you felt ok, seemed to cope with the extra weight, how important is it to get down to a healthy BMI?
We are all conditioned to think, to believe, that being overweight is a really BAD thing but what if it wasnt? What if you were fit, healthy but had a high BMI? Do you still need to start counting calories and losing weight?
Recent research suggest that perhaps it is possible to be overweight but still healthy and that being overweight per se isn’t the evil that we have been taught to believe, the key it appears, is to be fit and healthy. Check out this article from the BBC and let me know what you think?