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.
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!!
Yes I did say that! I don’t mean that we should adopt the less savoury behaviours we have all seen at the gym or the meatheads with appalling technique cluttering up the weights area but simply that if women embraced the attitude that men have to weights and training they would get the results – and the body – they really want.
So many of us have seen or heard the old story that lifting weights will make you big or bulky and most of us – god I hope its most of us by now! – know that its complete nonsense. To get the lean, toned, sexy body that most women crave women need to get off the cardio and get into weights but how do we encourage that? How do we break that mindset? Continue reading →
A few years back I was the ultimate couch potato, I went to work every day and came home, cooked dinner and sat on the sofa watching TV. My Sky+ box was used every day to record multiple programmes and I am sorry to say I even knew what was happening in Eastenders! I felt terrible; I was tired all the time, I could sleep for England, my asthma caused me problems and all in all I felt dreadful.
I was working with a lovely girl who enjoyed her wine, enjoyed cooking and eating amazing food and was in the first year of very happy married bliss but had put on about a stone – every day she said she was going to try a new diet or was going to take up dancing and every time we talked about it I felt guilty that my weight was so out of control. We talked about talking up pole dancing, about going to Weight Watchers, about trying the juice diet – you name it we debated whether it was worth trying.
As you know by now I am a huge fan of weights and generally lifting heavy – I love what it has done to my body and my newly found strength, tone, power and flexibility but so many women are so terrified of getting ‘bulky’ that they avoid weights in favour of cardio or very light Barbie weights.
The whole Girls Gone Strong movement is doing amazing things to re-educate both men and women and to train out some of the crazy stereotypes in the fitness industry, so I love the fact the Poliquin has chosen to address the same subject.
If you are interested in getting a better more toned body, if you want to lose fat, look amazing and achieve a sense of satisfaction then you really can’t afford to miss this article
Is to be healthier? To look good on the beach? To prove you can? To keep up with the children or grandchildren?
Or is it a little darker? Cos you want to lift more than your boyfriend? Cos you know you will bump into your ex and you SO want to show him what he’s missing?! Cos you want to be skinny?
I first got introduced to The Great Fitness Experiment blog a few months ago and whilst most of the time she irritates me, occasionally there is a good or thought provoking post and this week there was one that made me smile and made me start to think WHY do I do what I do? I can relate to most of what she says but my favourite reason has to be “to outrun the zombies” isn’t that why we are all doing it?!
So what’s YOUR reason to get fit? We all know the benefits but deep down, why are you really doing it?