An abundance of people are under the impression that unless their workouts leave them feeling exhausted, sweaty, and sore, they are a complete waste of time, or at least will not help them achieve optimal results. Due to this very common mindset, many people absolutely dread their workouts, struggle to perform them consistently (and rightfully so), and are never able to establish a healthy, enjoyable, and sustainable lifestyle. Let me put it bluntly, this mentality that is often perpetuated by inept fitness professionals, including many ''Insta trainers,'' is complete and utter bullshit and is doing a complete disservice to the masses. Working out is meant to be enjoyable and empowering, and should leave you feeling stronger, fitter, happier, and more confident. Working out is a tool that should be used to enhance all aspects of your life, and to help you become more, not less.
Just this week, I was having a conversation with someone I admire and respect a tremendous amount, both personally, and professionally. She said something to me that really hit home, and was one of the most impactful things anyone has ever said to me, professionally speaking, and I've been in the fitness industry for over 13 years. To summarize our conversation, she told me that I bring a real joy to training, that I make people want to train and have fun, and that I am very authentic. This has been my goal and mindset for a very long time, and her words let me know that I am doing something right. I made sure I told her just how profoundly impactful these words are to me.
As I've talked about many times, during my late teens and for all of my 20's, I did everything I am so vehemently against now, and used my own training and nutrition to make myself less, and I engaged in many mentally and physically exhausting, and completely counterproductive habits. My workouts did not bring me joy. They brought me stress, mental and physical lethargy, and very poor results. For well over a decade, I wasted the precious gift of being able to work out. I am extremely lucky as I learned the hard way. I now use my past experiences, and the sheer joy and freedom that my workouts bring me, to show my clients that enjoying their workouts and achieving optimal results are not mutually exclusive. It doesn't matter age, goals, overall fitness level, or experience. Joy should be experienced by all.
As coaches, it is our job to help all of our clients find the joy in working out, and we must do everything in our power to help them achieve this. We need to ditch the ''no pain, no gain,'' ''sweat is fat cells crying,'' ''unless you are dying, keep going,'' and all of the other detrimental and painfully insulting ''motivational sayings'' that are robbing people of enjoying their workouts, feeling empowered, achieving their goals, and cultivating a lifestyle that is sustainable. Cookie cutter programs, and cookie cutter mindsets do not work. We need to figure out what works best for each individual, and work as a team to make it happen. Unfortunately, the incompetent ''professionals'' who glorify exhaustion, muscle soreness, and excessive sweating, make the job of the credible coaches significantly more challenging, but it is a battle that we will conquer and defeat. People deserve better. I know that for as long as I'm alive, I will remain passionate about working out, and will use my workouts to feel happy and free, and I will do everything in my power to help my clients feel the same way.