What I Learned From 10 Years Of Personal Training

I’ve never been someone who tries to improve the lives of people. Instead, I see myself as a mentor, someone who believes strongly, as a teacher who inspires. I use my own experiences and experiences I have had from the experience coaches and authors I have been working with to inspire others to follow the right path.

You may have noticed that for several years, I have been very public about my personal training experience.

I don’t want to give the impression that I’m some kind of professional trainer; I’m just me.

So what does this mean in terms of work?

It means I work to inspire others, to help people achieve their goals and to help them improve themselves.

As I said earlier, I’m not an athlete trying to be great at anything. I just do it because I want to. I’m not trying to impress anyone, or go viral; I just do it because I love it.

So here are the things I can do to improve myself, based on what I’ve learned and experience of those who have taught me:

Learn from others: People change because they listen to those who have experience. I want to inspire others to do the exact same. I’m a big believer that your own voice is stronger than your external voices. If you are afraid of people not listening, then they probably won’t listen and you won’t do anything. When you follow someone else’s lead — you will end up like that person. Instead of following somebody’s direction and not thinking for yourself, you will always rely on someone else’s judgment. Take on small projects and keep learning: Take small small projects as projects, not goals. You will grow more from learning them than from striving to achieve them.

Be open to learning from those who have done similar things before you: You’re still not going to be an expert by doing it yourself like you would have been by doing it yourself. You are only as good as how badly you can learn and apply something. So instead of being stuck on making certain mistakes, just look back at the mistakes you made in an effort to be educated. Be patient: Some people just can’t be patient. They have too much going on in their lives to actually focus on training. This can be hard for people who work 8 hours a day and play competitive games 5 hours a day (and on many of those evenings) but it is the norm for some people to be stubborn. Take on any and all projects that you can. Don’t feel afraid to fail and find ways through it: You can make mistakes while learning a skill. You can make an awful mistake if you try to do something completely new and fail. Learn from all mistakes. Learn the basics of how to do stuff: It’s okay to try things and not always succeed, but don’t forget to try. Even though you probably can’t do the exact thing you were trying to do, you can still learn. Learn how to do a new skill: This is also a great way to learn. If you’ve been learning something for years but you aren’t able to fully do it yet, then that may be the way to learn it. Take a break from everything else: It’s okay to take time off from things you can’t physically do. Be very mindful about when you are able to take a break from other things. It can be hard to give everyone time off, but if you find you can’t, take it. It may give you the energy to go back to doing something else.

The more you realize that you can’t do something, then it becomes a very empowering concept. You don’t have to do it if you can’t make it happen. If you’re trying something new and failing because you can’t do it right this time, then take a break and try it again. What are your boundaries? If you have to give up something else in your life to be able to train, then go get it right! Your time is valuable and you should be doing what you love. Stop trying to justify yourself and just be yourself. Your boundaries won’t allow you to do what you would have enjoyed doing. They also won’t allow you to waste your time on something you can’t do.

So, take the time to learn what you can and do what you love most. 

Be a better trainer: You do what you love to do to earn money! And the money is awesome! But it can be also frustrating because when you fail or learn something, it feels like a failure. Just know that you did it. It is possible to improve yourself, and you can learn it from others; it doesn’t have to be a personal achievement.

So many times, we as people are afraid of letting others know what we are doing. We worry that if enough people know, we will be discovered and that’s not fair, that that is our way of getting noticed.