On this day, Sarah had lost ~32 pounds so far. On the way to the SM stairs, I called her to ask what that number was. She panicked and demanded that I tell her why I needed to know the number. Sarah isn’t dumb, she knew what I was going to do. I lied to her and said I was going to be the one carrying 32lbs up the stairs so I would know what it felt like to have been in her shoes. She calmed down. We got to the stairs, and did our thing. We accomplished our goal of climbing the stairs together. A new “non-scale victory” as we call them, bc getting in shape isn’t just about a # on a scale, it’s about the things you can do with a stronger body. But, the days lesson wasn’t over. After we walked back down, I told Sarah, I want YOU to walk back up these stairs one more time, and carry this weight that you lost. I want you to know what this weight feels like, so that you never carry it again. She was scared, but I knew she would be ok. A good trainer knows that a client is capable of more than they realize, bc it’s that same self doubt that held them back in the first place(I cannot reiterate how important is is to hire someone to help you reach your goals, no matter the goal). I told Sarah, “All I ask is that you try. I don’t care if you only make it 3 steps and have to give up, what I care is that you try. Do you trust me?” She said yes. Honestly, I wasn’t sure if she would make it all the way. My only hope was that she would overcome fear, and agree to try. That would have been enough. I thought I would probably have to take back the pack sometime along the way. This day was a defining moment for me as a trainer. As we trekked up the stairs, the weight(pun intended) of the situation hit me like a ton of emotional bricks. I don’t just help people get in shape, I help people realize who they are inside and what they are capable of. I learned that TRUST is the foundation of any relationship, and Sarah trusted me so much that she knew if I
I worked at the YMCA for 3.5 years, 4-5 days a week. That’s ample opportunity to workout. I also had a free college gym. ⠀⠀ I used these things about twice a month, maybe. I went through big spurts of working out and then took 6 months off. Sound familiar? ⠀⠀ When I did go, I was preoccupied with hating the treadmill, being bored, being worried about others looking at me and judging (and some creeps). All I knew how to do was lifting workouts from high school. I am no longer a high school athlete, I can’t eat whatever I want and still be in good shape. I needed something different. ⠀⠀ Working out from home has given me the confidence to workout and love myself and my body every day. I don’t have to think about what to do each day, workouts are already planned. I don’t get bored because every day is different. I’m not as frustrated because I’m seeing real results. ⠀⠀ How do you know if you don’t try? Why not you? Join me and try for yourself!