When you hire a personal trainer, why do you do it?
The answer for all of my San Diego personal training clients and most others I would assume is to “look their best” or to maximize their body to it’s fullest potential. My clients are looking for flat stomachs, trim thighs, jiggle free arms, and a solid cellulite free butt because my resume proves that I can do so. My job as an experienced trainer is to give them just that…and in most cases I do. (of course the clients level of commitment comes into play too, but that’s for another blog.)
My clients are also looking for the accountability and motivational factor but in the end, results are what truly speak volumes. It’s not about looking better than before. It’s about being the best that you can be. It’s about a winning attitude…anything less than that is not worth your time/money.
I received an interesting email from a trainer who says that his clients are content with the “better than before” results that they are getting in exchange for his/her great personality and attitude. I’d like to see a client write that testimonial…
While as a personal trainer my job is to be friendly with my clients, my job is not to be their paid “friend.” If I wanted to do this, I would hold sessions at the local happy hour hot-spot. Of course I would never do that because I take my job very seriously. I don’t mislead or deceive my clients and most importantly, I practice what I preach. I do not want to disappoint my clients. I don’t want them to feel better… I want them to feel the best that they’ve ever felt.
So what do you think? Personal Trainer or friend?
I would like to address a common issue that I often discuss with my San Diego personal training clients. Every so often I will have someone ask, “I have been training with you for __ long. How come I still can’t lose any weight?” The answer to this question and others related to it are really quite simple…but at the same time hard to grasp for the discouraged client.
The following are some of the major issues that you are not losing weight;
1.) Poor nutritional habits- Chances are, at the time of your personal training consultation, your San Diego personl trainer offered you nutritional advice. In most cases, this is an add-on service that has a separate monthly cost. A simple nutrition plan, kitchen clean-up (when I go to your home and raid your cupboards and fridge), “Sunday pre-planning,” and 100% commitment is all you need to straighten out your diet.
TIP: If you think that personal training alone will get you to lose those extra pounds, you are wrong. In fact, purchasing nutritional services along with your personal training package, while it may seem pricey, will actually save you money in the long run.
2.) Weekend Splurging- Just because you spent 3 hours with your trainer during the week doesn’t give you the right to go out and blow all of your hard work on a weekend splurge. Weekend splurges include but are not limited to; eating out, partying, binge drinking, binge eating, not exercising, not getting essential rest. This is why it is best to eliminate alcohol from your diet altogether.
3.) Week-Day Splurging- See “weekend splurging.”
4.) Trust- You should believe in your trainer 100%. This means getting information from other trainers, websites, or programs should be out of the question. It takes dedication to one program to get you results. How will you know what method works for your body if you do a la carte training? Worse yet, this sabotages the results that your personal trainer has periodized for you!
Tip- If you have questions, ask your trainer…afterall, that’s what you are paying them for!
5.) You’re Toning Up- I know you’ve heard it before but muscle weighs more than fat. So the more you tone up and gain strength in your muscles, the less fat you have!
Alert- This may cause a slight weight increase…but it’s not a bad thing! Stay on the right path and you will eventually lose weight!
6.) Laziness- You should be exercising at least 5-7 hours per week. This means that if you can only afford to work with your San Diego personal trainer for 90 minutes per week, you need to supplement the remaining hours with cardio! You need to exercise every day.
7.) Genetics- I know you are tired of hearing this one, but genetics play a huge part in your ability to lose weight. A twenty year old and forty year old for example will lose weight, gain strength, etc. at a completely different rate and through different techniques. Your San Diego personal trainer should be able to design a program based on your individual genetic qualities!
I hope that I have been able to clear up some of your questions about weight loss and ease some of your fustrations. Voice your concerns with your personal trainer and you will feel much better about continuing your weight loss journey together!
As a Personal Trainer here in San Diego, I realize the hard work that it takes to build up your own personal brand, establish a method of training, and get clients to commit. I take pride in the fact that I have done all of these things and much more in less than one and a half years time. I am so blessed to have a full schedule of clientele who all believe in me and my unique methods of training. I continue to move forward, challenging both myself and my clients, to create the most current and cutting edge personal training techniques.
While my excellence as a trainer and ideas cannot be duplicated, they have been replicated. Yes, someone here locally in San Diego is plagiarizing the unique material that I have worked so hard to create on my website. While some would be flattered, I am offended.
Being that I am very passionate about my work and have built my business from the ground up, I am extremely offended that someone would commit such a crime with my copyrighted work. I am an author. I am a creator. I am an educator. I am a mentor. No one can take this from me, but they can try. I think that being a performing artist makes this even more emotional for me. It reminds me of someone stealing choreography (happens all the time in the dance world). I used to wonder why choreographers were so uptight about who was permitted to perform their work. Now I understand.
Personal trainers are defined by their creativity. This fraudulent trainer obviously doesn’t have the creativity to write her own words, and for that I am truly amazed.
Moreover, this individual does not deserve the credit or clientele that she has received by using my words. This is why I will not mention who this individual is or leave a link to their website. Nor does this person deserve the hits to their lack-luster website. How embarrassing would it be for this trainers clients to find out that the content on their website was actually “personal trainer Nikol Klein’s” material! (too bad my schedule is full…)
I urge you all reading this to be individuals. There are no shortcuts in life. Do not take credit for the work of others. Create your own voice in this world…don’t try to steal mine…and please, write your own damn material for crying out loud. If you can’t do that, then find a new profession. You may find that the karma you have coming isn’t worth the “apple” “c” you pressed on your keyboard.
Best in Health,
San Diego’s Most Trusted Personal Trainer for Women