One of the most enjoyable parts of being a Personal Trainer is the interaction between myself and my clients. I really like digging deep both physically as we focus on the exercises and mentally as we break down and begin to understand the goals and targets they have. I find that only when you fully understand why you're chasing a particular target will you fully commit to and give 100% effort to achieving it.
Since I've been working as a Personal Trainer one of the most common comments I hear from my clients is:
"I could've done more"
The first few times I was told this I automatically responded with something along the lines of "no, you've worked really hard!" which actually was entirely true. I don't think I've ever worked with a client who hasn't worked hard with me and put done the 'homework' that I've set when we aren't training together. As much as anything I appreciate that I need to invigorate my clients and help them find the motivation to stay focussed.
But something surprisingly simple twigged the other night when this statement was uttered again and is probably part of my progression to a full-time "No Bullshit" Personal Trainer and keeping things 100% honest both when I'm posting these blogs online and working face to face with people. And here it is;
You know what? You're absolutely right, you could've done more. You could've worked harder. You could've worked out twice a day, we could've ripped apart your diet and calorie counted, timing your intake to suit your body and perfecting the blend of macronutrients to ensure the greatest weight loss and muscle gain. Absolutely no alcohol. Absolutely no late nights. All home cooking. Ten hours sleep a night. No stress. Keep the hormones in check and balanced.
When you look on the front cover of a fitness mag and see the ripped model they have to live exactly that life to ensure the sculpted body you see. This is their life. Try to apply that to us common folk and it becomes so much more difficult. We want to have fun in other areas of our lives whilst we stay healthy by working out from time-to-time. That's cool. Do that!
Look, what I'm saying is - find your balance. You can use that "I could've done more" phrase in pretty much every area of your life be it hitting your weight loss goal or nailing a project at work, it's so entirely natural to think you could've put a little extra in. Turn that round though and look at exactly what you have achieved so far and I bet you you've done a fantastic job.
Be proud of that and keep moving forward.
If you want some No Bullshit Personal Training then let's talk