Set You aren’t good enough... for you!
Wow clickbait title alert!
But for most people it’s true, but how dare I say that you ask? You’re a PT, you should be praising people's effort and body image - I do! You will never ever see me knock someone’s effort, I will do everything in my power to keep someone’s effort as high as they can, that isn’t what this is about, you haven’t understood the phrase if you thought that, and the only body image I praise people for is a healthy body - you should never congratulate someone for being overweight or obese - congratulate their confidence and effort to change but what sort of health profession would I be if I said ‘yeah that’s great you’re obese, we should be promoting that look and I like the way you have raised every one of your health risks and are telling people that that is okay’
See my point - I will never put an overweight/obese person that feels happy and confident in their skin down, but they must see the risk they are posing to their physical and mental health.
This is problem people assume that when I say you aren’t good enough and they think I’m saying ‘go and kill yourself’ this is NOT what I’m saying - you have to accept yourself mentally but if you are in any ‘unhealthy’ category then I would have thought you want to change that to maximise your health, wellbeing and to live to an old and with a good amount of self dependance.
I’ll be the first one to tell you I’m not good enough. My cardio ability isn’t good enough, my Body fat is higher than I want it to be, my mental health isn’t great - I suffered with Depression and anxiety to the point I couldn’t go near a gym, my financial situation isn’t good enough, I don’t know a martial art, I’m not the best Personal Trainer I can be, I have so much more to learn, I’m not good enough but I’m working towards being the best PT, having complete financial freedom etc.
I’m working hard to change all these and I have changed a lot,
I’m grateful for every opportunity taken and missed, I grateful for finding a job that means something to people and be able to make money from, I know some people stay in a job they hate for 20 years.
So this post isn’t about making yourself feel bad for where you are - where you are might be ‘fine’ but do you always want just a fine life? Or do you want to have the freedom to do whatever you want? To always better your situation?
This is about making you excited about where you can go, how far you can go in your job, in your workouts, in your life? Do you always want to live paycheck to paycheck balancing money and saving for holidays or do you want to push yourself even harder, learn more, work harder(not longer) - pay for a holiday whenever you want? Go on weekend breaks away, maybe buy a better car? Fancier wine? The newest phones when they come out? Do you want a better relationship?
All these things can be solved by accepting where you are now and then seeing where you could be, be realistic but have a ‘if everything fell into place perfectly plan’ so you can see where the absolute limit of where you could go is. You need to push, challenge yourself, and work hard to become the person you want to be.
Do you want to be on your deathbed bitter and annoyed at the world that mistreated you or do you want to be there happy, knowing you tried to make your dreams come true, you made your own opportunities, you made the best possible situation for you, for your kids maybe, you helped as many people as you could, whatever the reason you want to feel happy strive to achieve that, don’t ever put yourself down!
A step in the wrong direction is still a step, it is still better than standing still - so keep taking steps until you find your passion and purpose and then take the leap!
Life isn't about just settling for what you can do easily and without thinking, we are privileged enough to be able to have access to to 24/7 information on everything! so struggle with your something challenge yourself to get better, to do better to be a better person.
Set goals, set intentions, and always back yourself!
Strive to be the best - your own best, fuck everyone else!
Do this for you!
Love you loads!
A day in the life of a PT is a strange one as my day has to very dynamic and open to change, it’s not like a 9-5 where you can turn off your computer and go home. Personal training whether some people like it or not is a 24/7 job!
This is because PT’s like myself have a genuine passion for helping people, so even boring chores become an opportunity to learn – for example Hoovering is an experiment into which muscles are responsible - how can I train clients to find hoovering or manual chores easier? Driving becomes a learning experience by listening to podcasts, audiobooks and the audio to seminars. Even Shopping becomes an exercise into learning about new food and what foods have come out that I can recommend fitting into a client’s life.
Everyone thinks about PT as a physical job lifting weights all day however I rarely touch a weight in my working hours. my clients will prepare the weights and equipment that they need for their next exercise during their rest periods as this helps to burn even more calories. however Personal training is exceptionally mentally draining - people think we just stand and count. now don’t get me wrong, there are some shit PT's who literally stand and count reps, but a good PT will be looking at technique, your effort, your posture, the next progression, how that set will impact the rest of your workout, do you need progressions, regressions, more weight, more reps, do we need to change the work out completely as you just aren’t mentally in the workout? A good PT will consider all of these things and more whilst counting! These are the reasons why a good PT won’t have more than 3 sessions back to back, because mentally you need a break and probably a coffee!
Now let’s get into a typical day to day routine:
5am – wake-up and go to the gym
6am -9am – 3 clients
9am – eat and pre-workout coffee
10-11:30 – train and wash etc.
11:30 -12pm - eat
12pm-2pm – 2 clients
2pm-5pm – Client check-Ins, social media posts, research, program writing, website updates, course work, eat whatever it might be
5-8pm - 3 more clients
8pm- home time and eat, relax maybe more course work, programming. Etc.
So as you can see it’s a full on long day, all this time is scheduled the best we can but clients cancelling, rearranging and lateness can have a massive knock on effect. Also if we have any holiday, events or anything like that can also make the day vary.
Being self-employed means we don’t get sick pay, holiday pay, or anything else so if we miss a day for example because of car issues or sickness we miss out on a lot of money. Sure can use the time wisely and write programs etc, but we are paying for that time. We don’t get paid for that day off and then we actually lose more money to ‘pay for that’. now I’m not here to try and make you feel sorry for us, but this is a fact of PT.
But for those of us that last in the industry, it’s not the money that drives us to do this job. it’s the feeling you get when you watch a client walk out the door with a spring in their step and having the confidence to say hello to someone they would of never been able to look at because they were too nervous. It’s the transformation you see in the mentality of clients more than the physical transformation, while that can sometimes be awe-inspiring.