I’ve been talking with some of my friends about all of the exercising, training, and changing of my eating habits that I have been doing. We have talked about personal trainers, the pros, and the cons, and I was discouraged at what my friends have been telling me about their own experience in the gym and with personal trainers.
One reason why I go to a gym is, as I have said before, the accountability. I have been planning to start working out here at home, but I will start tomorrow. When does tomorrow get here for me? Never. I have yet to see the mysterious “tomorrow” and because of that, I have not started my at home exercise plan that I keep telling myself I would do. I go in there looking my worst, having just come from work, or rolling out of bed. I don’t really care what anyone thinks about me while I am there because I am not there for he, I am in the gym 4, 5, or 6 days a week for myself. If they are watching me, then they will watch me work, and sweat, and change. But that is me, not you. Not everyone can get past the feelings that they are being judged, and that is fine! If you are following me here, and stepping out in search of a healthier you, then you have to do what feels best for yourself. There are no ifs, and’s, or but’s to it. we are a work in progress, and if you stress yourself out, or feel uncomfortable with what you’re doing, then your motivation slips, and your goals diminish.
Another concern of mine is a friend who had a trainer who was very in her face, yelling at her to a point where she felt humiliated. If you are looking for a trainer, you have to get a feel for the person that you are trusting your health with. If you are ever with someone, in any situation, who is yelling at you, making you uncomfortable, humiliating you, then you need to step away and reevaluate the situation.
Yes, I grumble about my Sadist, he works my ass hard, but he also listens to my concerns, watches my body language, knows when to push me a bit further, and when to adjust the exercise because I just can’t go any further. We joke. I cuss him, but he knows it is my way of getting through that set. It boils down to chemistry, just like with any other relationship. If there is no chemistry, or negative chemistry, again, odds are you will pull away, quit, or worse yet, push yourself too hard to make that person happy, and end up hurting yourself in the process.