Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Watching The Biggest Loser, I could never work with any of the trainers apart from, maybe, Bob Harper. Leadership, to me, is leading by example. I never push anyone harder than I push myself, and I never shout if I can in any way help it. If I have to scream, I usually try to make it to the fire escape and just let go.
I get obstinate when shouted at. I've plopped down in the middle of a gym, on a planche, and refused to move on account of a trainer being shouty and, in my eyes, disrespectful. I either give my all, and expect the other person to respect that, or I can't. There's no inbetween. Shouting at me won't change it.
How these trainers expect anyone to do their hardest for them when all they do is heap abuse upon people TRYING is a mystery to me. I know it doesn't make for as good TV in many people's eyes, but somehow I think it might just help to... humanize everyone, from the contestants to the trainers.
Maybe being human isn't their goal.
But, as long as this is what I see as an example of a personal trainer, I'm terrified of actually getting one. I've been told it would be best for me by several trainers at the gym affiliated with my volleyball training (I went there for a few classes before Christmas)- they told me they couldn't devote the time needed to make sure I didn't push too hard while leading a class of twenty or more. I know it might be advantageous, especially as I'm going to be out of pt in just six weeks and need to continue careful rehab of the knee and leg, but... I can't deal with some wannabe drill sergeant shouting at me for being "slow" or "unwilling".
So, please, if any of you wonderful Spark Friends have any experience with a personal trainer and would be willing to share, I'd love to hear about it. I'm not going to make the time and money commitment from the examples I have. I can't have someone whose style is to shout at me to "give me five more!", or making me push hard enough to become unhealthy. Trouble is, my time as an athlete has destroyed my ability to distinguish when I have to stop- think of it as the off switch being damaged and only the kill switch function remaining.
I need a trainer who can work with that. But first, I need to know that such a trainer is out there. Someone to push, but also to stop pushing when it becomes dangerous. Someone to encourage but not coddle. Someone to give me an example to aspire to without being condescending.
Someone to lead by example.
Thanks in advance for your help!!!
(emphasis in training would be on endurance and flexibility with the obvious dash of strength training especially for the stabilizing muscles around the knee)