Even Personal Trainers Need Trainers

Even Personal Trainers Need Trainers

Even before I decided to become a trainer, I made the move to get a personal trainer of my own.  it was by far one of the best decisions I made.  Not only did it help me lose weight & feel better, but it literally helped get me to where I am today.  Andre was by far one of the most knowledgeable trainers I have met.  I learned how to properly perform Olympic lifts, properly perform powerlifting lifts, condition myself to push beyond my comfort zone, and it ultimately ended up motivating me to become a trainer myself.  Well since I moved from San Francisco 1 1/2 years ago, I have yet to find someone who I honestly think I could learn a lot from and will give me what I need in my training.  

A weight loss goal is far different from competing in powerlifting events and way different from endurance sports.  With the first two under my belt, I decided to invest in someone with experience in the third area.  Even as a trainer, you never know all there is to know and when you think you do, you will no longer succeed as a trainer.  it's not about knowing everything or being able to do everything, it's about knowing what your strong points are and what your expertise is and building upon that base.  I am able to admit I don't have a whole lot of experience when it comes to training for endurance events.  I mean I trained for the marathon in October, yes, but in order to move forward and become more competitive and progress, I need another's expertise.  

It's not easy to find a trainer you work well with, or even one who will be best able to help you reach your goals.  Everyone has different styles, personalities, and expertise which is hard to gage at first.  I pride myself on building relationships with people and learning all I can to help every person reach their goals.  I have had several clients with new "situations" that I didn't necessarily have a lot of experience with, but I sure did some research and found out as much information as possible to provide the best possible training I could.  THAT is what is important, the willingness to go above and beyond the one hour sessions.  You have to really have a passion for what you do to take such interest and transfer that passion to your clients.  

So beginning this week, I have enlisted the help of a great trainer who also happens to be a good friend of mine, to help improve my runs.  With a plan to run 2 more marathons and one 50K this year, I figure I can definitely benefit from some good input and new ideas.  Remember, as a trainer or just someone working out to be healthy, if you think you know everything you are wrong.  If you are unwilling to accept outside input from those with experience, you will never succeed.  Even sole sports require training & learning from others with the experience.  Keep an open mind and you will reach your goals.  

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