If you're a coach of any kind, you know how emotionally draining some days can feel by the time they are over. The reward usually outweighs the mental fatigue, which is why we do what we do. Whether it is that an athlete of yours completes a PR they have been striving towards for years, or a personal intimate client drops those 6 lbs one month they worked so hard for. In my personal field of business, I work 90% of the time with women who want to lose weight. They have no idea how to do this, and come to me fairly stressed and emotionally broken. If you are a personal trainer, and you work one on one with a variety of people, you know what I am talking about. This process is incredibly psychological, and can be a complete 180 degree flip most of the time. It's like flipping a switch. My job is to flip that switch.
Going into my 6th year of being a personal trainer, with any job, we all get better with every year that goes by. I'll admit there are times I want to punch a wall some days, but what coach doesn't. This is because I love the shit out of my clients. They are awesome. They listen, they react, they perform, and they trust me. I learned so much this past year, and grew because of them. I also learned I cannot fix everyone. I learned I have to let people go that are not mentally ready to commit to changing their lives forever. I mean, that's a HUGE switch. Lesson 1: I cannot fix everyone. But then there were those magical clients that walked into my door this past year...
Everyone knows I come from an extremely intense swimming background that ended rather sadly towards the end of college because I was so burnt out. All I did from age 7 to 21 was breathe, eat, sleep, and drink swimming. So, yes, I know what setting a goal means and doing WHATEVER it takes to get there. But training for a sport is completely, COMPLETELY....different from striving towards the goal of losing body fat. I can't even decide what's harder. They are too different, and I have watched my bad ass clients this past year KILL their goals and keep going. To literally change the way you eat 100%, go from 0 days to 6 days of training a week, and to TRUST the process....the slow process...the journey...SHIT. My clients, and everyone else out there doing the same thing, y'all are some strong individuals. You have taught me a few lessons. 1. I have NO IDEA how hard it is to lose 30-50 POUNDS. I have no idea how hard it is day in and day out, so thank you for trusting me. 2. You have taught me to have faith in my clients, something a bit regained for me. You all make me want to come to work every day and have a blast. As mentally challenging as it can be for us coaches, you are reminding me that we can all learn from each other.
Let's keep fighting the good fight, and all support each other.