Why Should I Listen To You (Part Two). . .

What you would look like if you had been consistent for the past five years, we will never know, because that time has passed.

What you will look like over the next five is unknown as well because there is no time, but the present.  

Let us focus on what you need to do daily to achieve the results you seek. The conundrum we face is that I am not only your fitness coach, but your father as well.  

If you were a client, you would be evaluated every three months. The purpose of the evaluation would be to determine if I should continue as your coach.  

My daughter looked confused.

The purpose of any good fitness coach is not to have their clients tethered to them for life. I am very selective who I train. If all I cared about was taking people’s money, I would train everyone.  

Do not get me wrong. Getting paid is important, but truly helping an individual meet their fitness goals is just as important as well.  

Working with individuals who are not serious enough to make the necessary changes I demand for them to attain results does not benefit either party eventually. They are stuck with the same obese physique, and bad mouth me as a poor trainer, although they did not put in the work that would ultimately lead to success.

You acknowledged the individuals we have seen who frequent the gym, but look the same, with no apparent change to their physique.  

Everyone goes to the gym for their own personal reasons. Some want to be noticed as they stack inordinate number of plates on a machine. Form is bad, but at least they can brag, as they write on their selfies, and post it to their friends.  

Others have no clue of what they are doing. They are only an injury away from how the exercise is being performed. No system, no rep or set scheme, not even a plan of which muscles should be worked in conjunction with another.  

I showed you the young man bouncing the bar off his sternum while bench pressing. I pointed out the young lady, who strained her back because she tried to squat too much weight.  

All this, not because I am being judgmental, but to make you understand that injuries can occur if you do not know what you are doing.  

“Commitment to continuity builds emotional stability.” 

This was proven when you tweaked your back, on an exercise you had performed flawlessly before, but because I overestimated the effects of your layoff, and tried to push you, it almost ended with disastrous results.  

“The longest road is consistency over time.” (Wyck).  

My role as your fitness coach should evolve . . .