Monday, August 26, 2013

My clients never fail to make me smile

I absolutely love it when people I've trained in the past keep in touch! Not saying that I don't love hearing from friends no matter how long since our last conversation (cause I REALLY do!), but there's something special about someone who keeps in touch from time to time just to say hello and ask for tips.

This particular client I worked with for somewhere around a year and a half to help her achieve her goals when it came to her fitness. I loved talking about our current relationships, the stupid/silly things our other halves did, and how much I laughed when I knew I was being cursed at in her head (to which, most of the time it was denied) when I would push her through a wall in the workout. But no matter how much she dreaded my "fun" workouts, I remember her having fun despite the fact that I was pushing her outside of her comfort level. She always thanked me after our hour long sessions, said she would be back, and she always did.

I shared her ups and downs, the good times and bad, and I felt that I was a friend that she could confide in and could help her burn a few hundred calories while still being able to put a smile on her face. I helped her sweat out her anxiety when she was going back to school, sweat out her anger and sadness when her heart was broken, I cried with her when she told me new of her mom, and gave her a hug when I though she could use one. I still remember telling her every day that I saw here, even days I didn't, that she was a strong person and that she could make it through anything, and that I was there for her if she ever needed anything. That was my job for her because although I was her trainer at the time, I was a friend and friends are always there when you need them the most.

She was able to achieve many goals during our time together. She hit her goal weight, had gained significant amounts of strength, and the biggest of them all: she overcame her fear of water and became a stronger swimmer. I haven't forgotten the day that I saw her swimming and was completely relaxed in the pool. I've never felt so proud of the job I do.

We still stay in touch and although I'm almost 600 miles away and haven't seen her in over a year, I still smile when I get a message from her regardless if it's her saying hello or asking a training question. It feels good knowing that I can still have an impact on peoples lives doing what I do and it makes every hurdle I have to go over, boot or no boot/injured or not, totally worth the effort.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Wanting to be better

I've been talking with a lot of members lately who are older and the common theme when speaking with them is how exercising is affecting their joints in their hips and knees. One in particular was a former sprinter and jumper like me, and he's awesome because there's not too many people around here who talk track or understand the sport, which is so refreshing.

As we were talking, he was asking many questions (which is good!!!) about targeting specific muscles that he feels aren't being worked due to his hips and knees. What he was unaware of was that although he was using our selectorized equipment correctly, he wasn't paying much attention to what his body was doing. Sadly, this is more common than one may think. With a few corrections and tips, suddenly he was feeling the muscles working that he hadn't previously felt, and he was excited! He then went on and asked about other machines and wanted to know what he wasn't doing with them, then our free weights, etc., etc. Another big thing we discussed: doing exercises that target and improve his balance and stability, which are crucial to having a strong core. That strong core can and will improve balance, hip, knee, and ankle stability, and lessen the chance of a fall as we age. It's not going to eliminate all problems with age, but it will certainly help lessen the odds.

While I am an affiliate for TRX and I'm very much addicted to using it, for those with joint pain, it's a wonderful tool to use. He asked to try it out next week as he's eager to see how he can go back to doing squats and lunges without pain, something that he hasn't been able to do for a long time.

I love doing what I do, which is why I always want to be better than I was yesterday. Many trainers rely on what they've done in the past and aren't open to hearing what's new in the industry, but the great ones use those experiences to learn, grow, and look toward the future to be better. Settling is not an option for me. I want to be better tomorrow than I was today.