Yesterday, while packing to leave work, a woman approached me and said, “You train my friend _____, and she looks fantastic. I saw her the other night and I could see all the changes,” pointing to her arms and shoulders. The compliment was flattering as a personal trainer, but I had to be honest with her. “I’d love to take all the credit, but I have to give credit where credit is due. I can only take credit for two hours a week; after that it’s her.” We continued the conversation for another moment and she was off to her workout, and I was out the door.
Give credit where credit is due
Although I’d love to take full credit for someone changing their lifestyle; I can’t. It’s wonderful to get a compliment like that, but it’s what my clients do in their own time that counts. I am a guide, and although I do my best to help each client reach their goals; it is their lifestyle changes that make the difference.
For example, this particular client is very conscious of her goals and understands what it takes to reach them. She tries to make it to the gym two additional days a week, and makes an effort to eat healthier foods. She admits when she's eaten "badly", but still makes the effort not to go overboard with it.
She, like several of my other clients, made changes with my guidance, but continue to make real efforts on their own. They make sacrifices to get to the gym, and some even ask for workout plans to follow when they can't see me. Their desire to see/make changes far outweighs my two hours a week with them.
How many hours in one week? Here's the math.
Realistically, my time with a client is a very minute percentage of their week. In fact, here’s the math: In a one week period there are 168 hours. Of these 168 hours I spend an average of two hours, perhaps three, with a single client. That leaves 166 hours to sleep, eat, work, take care of their kids, workout, and lead responsible lives without me. It is in these 166 hours that reveals the person behind the changes, or lack thereof. It’s the actions taken in these hours that count the most.
Lisa M. White
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