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A personal trainer is NOT a magic pill

As a follow-up to last week's post about the workout not being the key secret to success, I thought it important to point out a common misconception that I think some people have one choosing to hire a personal trainer.

I bring this up because getting honest here if you’re considering hiring a coach will either set you up clearly for success, or if we don’t address it, will set both you and your coach up for a disappointing relationship.

Here it is:

personal trainer is not a magic pill

Hiring a personal trainer is not a magic pill. I'm not sure how this notion came to be, but it seems that there are people in this world who believe that by hiring a personal trainer, and making that transaction, and showing up two to three times a week for a 30-60 minutes, that that is enough to completely change their life, their bodies, their health, and their fitness. They seem to want to believe that all they have to do is show up, and then carry on as usual, changing nothing else in their lives.

I have sad news for these people - while you may feel better, and see some improvements in strength and muscle, if you're looking for a substantial change to your body, your health, your life, and your fitness, 2-3 visits with the trainer weekly is not going to do it.

You cannot completely surrender all responsibility for getting your butt, and your life, in gear.

take responsibility

Yes, we're here to help, to motivate, to challenge you, and to give you the physical stimulus you need to see your body change. But we cannot be responsible for the choices you make the other 165 hours of the week that we don't see you.

Let's think about that for a second. Suppose you see your trainer from anywhere from an hour and a half to three hours a week. There are still 165 other hours in the week that you are responsible for making better choices in.

Does this mean you have to be perfect or change everything overnight to see results? Absolutely not. But does this mean that you can expect to get rock hard abs and a totally toned body by just showing up three hours a week and changing nothing else about your lifestyle? Of course not.

I think we all on some level know this to be the case, but I do still run across some people who have unrealistic expectations that just showing up is enough for the complete results are looking for.

I wish that were true, I wish we could be miracle workers. But at the end of the day you have to take responsibility for yourself. Showing up is an important first step, don't discount it. And in most cases it becomes the catalyst to making better decisions, and maintaining that motivation throughout the rest of the week to do better things to yourself. But as a stand-alone practice, it's not enough effort to truly see the change you're looking for.

And I don't think you really want to give somebody else a hundred percent responsibility for your results, do you? No, at some point you have to step up and own the fact that if you want to change, you're the one that needs to change.

We're here to help, we're here to coach, here to guide, we're here to instruct, we're here to motivate, we're here to help point you in the right direction and give you the answers you're seeking about what to change, and lay out the plan one step at a time.

But if you want to truly change, YOU have to actually DO it. We can’t do it for you. And that's the truth.

We can do this, BUT we have to do this together to ultimately be successful.

If that sounds ok to you, if you’re ready to make some changes, and you’re willing to work on yourself as much as we’re willing to work with you, then by all means- let’s get started!

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