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Thanks so much for the support already, team! I'd love to hear more. I guess the issue is, I know the reality but have to constantly remind myself of these things. I know its silly but I'm so afraid of not meeting someone's expectations. I just don't want to burn out trying to be everything to everyone, I want to teach them to be healthy and that fitness is fun and eating food should be enjoyable, not torturous. I'll get there but its good to know others have felt the same way. Have a great Easter everyone!
Hi Julie, and welcome. I too am a personal trainer; and yes, some clients expect us to be superhuman. I'd love to discuss this further if you wish, but I always remind myself that I dont't have to be a powerlifter to train someone else to be one. Ultimately, the whole process is truly rewarding.
I wish you luck,
Using no limitation as limitation
Co Leader for Irish members
BRUCE LEE APPRECIATION TEAM
SP Class of March 14-20, 2010
Super to have you joining our Team GREAT to see you jumping right into our message boards!
One angle to consider is that most of us are driven by perfectionistic tendencies. How many times do we disappoint ourselves by setting such high standards that are unattainable...so we fail and beat ourselves up yet some more.
We are all imperfectly perfect...some of us just may not know this yet! It sounds to me as though you can offer a more balanced perspective toward improving one's health and wellness.
The other point is that there are as many different paths toward improving our health and wellness as there are people. The only one who can find and develop a plan that suits us to a "T" is ourselves! As a personal trainer I would see you in the role as being a major catalyst to a person's journey toward better health; providing general nudges in the right direction and facilitating a person's own discovery of a specific plan of what works for themselves.
GL with your efforts and c'mon back...hoping you can share some of your PT strategies to rev up us Health Pros even MORE! :-)
Co-Team Leader for All Health Pros, Binghamton Area Losers & Laid Off But Staying Strong SparkTeams
Don't die with your music still in you. -- Dr. Wayne Dyer
"We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same." --- Carlos Castaneda
"You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection." --- Buddha
The most important thing to remember is that keeping things realistic, while not easy, is better than giving them hopes of achieving unrealistic goals. Listening to your clients and what they have to say is the most important action you can take.
So many people come up with plans that are generic in nature but do not fit the goals or desires of their clients. I have seen this happen with my friends who happen to work with the same personal trainer...they are both doing the same type of workouts even though their goals are quite different.
And lastly, you are going to make mistakes, but use those times as learning tools for your future clients.
I wish you well!
Hello Everyone, my name is Julie and I'm new to this board. I'm a personal trainer (very new) and I struggle with expectations. I LOVE health and fitness and love helping others. This is truly going to be the perfect field for me. The problem I run into is, I'm afraid people expect certain things from trainers. Like perfect bodies, eating patterns, running marathons, etc. I get overwhelmed when I think about it and wonder if I'll live up. I know this is silly but how do I get around it? Anyone else ever feel inadequate or like they should be more because they are a health professional? I'd love to hear feedback and how you've gotten through this.
Thanks a bunch!