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Preconceptions of the Fitness Professional

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These past two weeks I have encountered some pretty extreme views on personal trainers, however there are two that stick in my mind most prominently. The first was when my colleague and I were walking to the tube station wearing our personal training uniforms. A random man approached me and said, “you think you’re tough do you? Personal Trainer, you must think you’re something special.” The second instance was when my colleague and I were out promoting our business and a man looked at my colleague and asked, “how can you be a personal trainer when you’re so skinny?” Following these events I was left asking myself a lot of questions. In the first instance, the question I was left with was, what does tough mean to that man? Furthermore, how many people also share his same thoughts? In the second instance, why does a personal trainer need to be big? Does fitness mean big muscles? I’ve decided to voice my thoughts on these questions and I hope to receive some feedback from my friends and followers – the only way to conquer misconceptions is to bring them into conversation. 

As defined by my quick Google search, “Tough” as a noun is defined as “a rough and violent man.” For those of you who do know me, you know that this could not be further from the truth. What do most people think when they think of personal trainers? The general stereotype is that they are vain, intimidating, egotistical, self-obsessed, judgmental, testosterone fuelled alpha males. I’m here to set the record straight. Many of us chose this field initially because of our interest in to how the human body really works, combined with our genuine nature to want to help others reach their goals. The process we go through to learn everything about the body is intricate and more importantly, continuous. We are consistently evolving ourselves according to the latest trends in health and fitness, as well newfound information about anatomy and nutrition. Times are changing, and the industry is becoming saturated with trainers who are passionate about the science of training, rather than the glory of self-image. Today’s personal trainers are becoming more informed so that they can provide the best possible service to their clients. The stereotypical personal trainer is becoming a minority, so long as you, the client, can recognize the difference between the good and the bad. The power is with the people – if all clients choose to support trainers who are well educated and passionate, the fitness industry will evolve to it’s greatest potential.

We as personal trainers are not just here to improve your body. Every good trainer will support the concept of Total Fitness. This includes mental and emotional fitness as well as physical. We want to help, so the next time you’re looking for advice or feeling insecure about yourself, talk to us. Insecurities are often just self-constructed illusions. Once you confront your insecurities and embrace the decision to change is when the real results begin to happen.

I would love some feedback from my audience in regards to all of this. What are your expectations of a personal trainer? Comment below or send me a private message.

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“Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in awhile, or the light won’t come in.”

― Alan Alda

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