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!
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.
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?
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.
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?