Being a personal trainer we often hear some interesting thoughts from our clients about their perceptions of what we do as personal trainers.
“But you are a personal trainer – you must eat perfectly!”
Not always, we are human too!
We certainly have our ups and downs when it comes to food! Sometimes we want to do nothing more than indulge in foods we shouldn’t necessarily eat. Sometimes we go over our calories for the day, or sometimes we barely get chance to eat! Exercise and nutrition is a constant work in progress, and this is simply what we all need to aim for. However, what we do look at doing is trying to plan and prepare as best as possible for the time ahead, so if we know we are going through a long day – we may prepare food beforehand.
“It must be easy for you – you get all day to train!”
Granted – we are in the gym all day, but this isn’t training for ourselves. Often times we are either constantly trying to squeeze our own training in between or start earlier or stay later in order for us train ourselves. Sometimes we get caught up in work and don’t get to train – but it’s simply about being able to balance our own exercise with our job. Often if we are too busy to train, we will simply alter our own training for the week and do as much as possible on the days we are less busy.
“But you know exactly what you’re supposed to be doing and don’t need motivation”
We all have our bad days. I’m always telling my clients that motivation is a finite source – there are some days when we will feel on top of the world with training. However there will also be days where we just can’t focus, don’t feel great and ultimately our training suffers. But just because we have an off day with our training that doesn’t mean we should give up – we need to be in this to reap the long term rewards, which means taking the good days with the bad.