This has occurred more often than I can or care to remember. Surprisingly and unerringly, always culminating in the same outcome.
I am often deluged with requests to assist an individual in achieving their fitness goals. In the beginning, I made the folly of believing that all who sought help really wanted it. I soon discovered that what most wanted was a sympathetic ear to listen to them as they vented their frustrations.
It is because of these occurrences that I strengthened my resolve, not to endeavor to be everything for everyone. I know now that although I can be of great help to anyone wishing to transform his or her physique, I cannot help everyone.
Help me, help you is simply a paradigm shift I made in ascertaining whether or not I can assist an individual achieve his or her fitness goals.
You may think of me as a mercenary for hire.
What you pay me for, (pardon the lurid analogy) is to kick your @ss until you can do it on your own. This is what I am not . . .
- I am not your psychiatrist (although in motivating you I have been known to use psychological methods)
- I am not your babysitter (although after an intense workout with me, your bed is a welcome retreat)
- I am not your friend (although some claim my demanding and unyielding pursuit to help them achieve their fitness goals makes me better than their actual friends)
What I am is nothing short of a drill sergeant who is hellbent on ensuring you get exactly what you paid for.
- If you’re fat (I will help you obliterate your unsightly and unwanted pounds)
- If you want to gain muscles (I will push you past the point of failure in order for your muscles to grow)
I don’t . . .
- I don’t help you by coddling you!
- I don’t help you by listening to your self deprecating thoughts!
- I don’t help you by allowing you to quit, when you’re capable of so much more!
- I don’t help you by accepting your excuses as valid reasons for not achieving your fitness goals!
The longest road on your fitness journey is being committed over time. More than a commitment to me is the commitment you make to yourself.
You weren’t born fat; you chose to become that way.
Can I help you? (The answer is obvious)
As a Certified Personal Trainer, I took an oath to help those who have hired me achieve their fitness goals. However, there is a more pertinent question . . .
Have you met the criteria that makes me want to take you on as a client, which helps me, help you?
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