Thursday, May 01, 2014
I have been with my current trainer for a loooong time. He has been training me for almost 2 years on TRX, and he was one of my Zumba instructors even before that.
And I have changed a lot in the past few years.
Recently, I had been wondering if I'd outgrown my trainer. My results plateaued for about half of 2013, and I was only able to jump-start them this year by adding extra workouts to my week on my own. One of my goals last year was finally to do a pull-up, and we talked about it several times but the training never went in that direction. A few weeks ago, he said to me "Gosh, isn't it time you worked toward a pull-up?" Yeah...that's what I thought to myself last year! The only reason I can't do one is because I don't specifically train for them, so...looking at you, trainer.
But, we were friends (I think?!) and I was very loyal to him because of the changes he had helped me make. My best friend was also in the equation since she has been working out with me all this time, and I didn't want to change things for her.
However, my trainer's studio recently changed the schedule and abruptly cancelled our workout sessions without even notifying us.
After years of (pricey!!) workouts, that was the sad but final straw for me.
I was devastated by the way the change was announced. How could someone I had trusted so long as part of my team not even take the time to call or text me? We had *such* a bond because I had to have some serious trust to take the risks that he wanted me to take with his TRX moves...and I am not always the most trusting/least fearful person. I could spend quite a bit of time going on about how bad I felt; in sum, I felt like someone had died, that same cold certainty that something is gone and will never be back.
I definitely took some lessons from this that I will always remember in my own training business. I am not sure how I could ever forget to put my clients first since they are the lifeblood of my studio, but I will always make sure to take the very best care of them that I can. And, when it is time for my clients to move on from working with me, I will make that easy on them and leave the door open for friendship.
I'm still grieving, but I'm also looking forward to trying something new and finding a trainer who will mesh with me. Since I'm also a trainer, and since I'm in real danger of overtraining with the full load of Zumba classes I'm teaching right now (9 per week?! I love my job!), I am planning to "date" several trainers and see which one can really help me reach my goals.
Don't get me wrong - I can train myself, and that might be the answer for a few weeks. I like working out with my friend, though, and we would both like to keep that part of our week. We can't work out together if I am training her (since I would have to pay attention to her and her workout), so we need a third party on board. And a little extra support is always nice to have!