Coming from someone who has owned two studios and has worked in the fitness and health industry for the last 9 years, one of the most common statements people make upon learning my profession is, “That’s so awesome that you get to work out for a living.” While I can certainly understand where this idea may come from given that I talk health, fitness and Pilates at any chance I get, combined with the fact that my work wardrobe consists of spandex, workout jackets and dozens of sneakers, the reality of what I do day-in and day-out is actually quite contrary to this commonly held misconception.
“It must be nice to get paid to workout all day!” Ummmm?? Not quite.
We too struggle to find balance between the many important responsibilities we have in life, including making time for our own workouts! Our job is to educate and motivate our clients, and to be there to support and guide them 110 percent throughout their health and fitness journey.
While creating workouts is certainly a part of what trainers do, it’s just only one little piece. As a trainer in order to provide the most positive impact on my clients, I take the time to get to know them and develop a sense of mutual trust and understanding. I do that by listening to their challenges, goals, individual needs, and much, much more, and there’s no way I would be able to do that to the best of my abilities if I were trying to squeeze in my own personal workout at the same time.
So in order to enhance my own health and wellness, I employ the same tips and strategies that I give my clients to help them create a lasting commitment to exercise. Like most people, I work long hours, so I pack my Pilates bag and my meals and snacks the night before because I know come my 5:00 a.m. alarm I’ll be thankful that I did. I also make my “me time” or workout appointments on Sunday’s for the whole week so that I treat that scheduled time just as I do any other important meeting or appointment.
I also make “dates” to take spin classes with friends, and I spend quality time with my family and little Maltese puppy, Stella doing things that are fun and active such as hiking or biking. During the day, I do the little things like take the stairs, park farther away, and walk to where I’m going whenever possible because every bit of movement adds up. I also acknowledge and accept that sometimes-unexpected things will come up, and I simply adjust my approach to exercise as best I can on those days that get crazy.
At the end of the day, my “job” as a trainer might not mean that I get paid to work out, but it does mean that I am able to wake up every day, even if it’s before the sun rises, and make a living doing what I love and loving what I do.
It’s an amazing job that is ever changing and evolving. You will never, never, never stop learning . I can’t get enough of that. It’s incredibly rewarding to see the effect you can have on people, and that’s probably my favorite part. I would say, it definitely takes a lot of work and dedication to be good at the job, but if you’re passionate about what you’re doing and willing to work hard at it, you will always be successful.