Personal Training- The Path to Achieving Physical Goals

If working out was easy, everyone would be in great shape. There would be no need for New Year’s resolutions, crazy diets, or all of the ridiculous fitness equipment sold on late-night infomercials. Let’s face it, for the average working American, it’s a challenge to gather the motivation and discipline to exercise regularly. Hiring a personal trainer is a fantastic way to keep yourself on track.

Part of having a personal trainer is accountability.

Once you have picked up the phone and scheduled an appointment, it’s much tougher to make excuses that let you off the hook. I’ve said it to myself a thousand times: “I’ll work out in a half hour… I just want to watch the end of this show.” Unfortunately, there are a lot of interesting shows, and a half hour turns into endless procrastination. Soon enough, I end up deciding on, “I’ll just do it tomorrow.” This is another phrase that echoes in the minds of lazy exercisers with good intentions. A personal trainer to keep you accountable for the workouts you plan is a valuable tool. When someone else is waiting for you to show up and get to work, skipping that workout seems much less appealing.

From an educational standpoint, personal training is very valuable. By continuing to challenge you with different techniques, a good personal trainer creates awareness of new ways to train and keeps exercise interesting. Let’s face it, to get the results that you want, you will probably need to exercise on your own… at least some of the time. Most people can’t afford to exercise exclusively with a fitness professional. It is up to a personal trainer to teach you what you should be doing on your own free time. If you are a trainee that has been educated in exercise science, you are much more likely to get in shape and stay that way. To quote an old axiom, “Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.” Passing along exercise knowledge is like a lesson on how to catch some really healthy fish.

Finally, a good personal trainer can push you harder than you push yourself. When you’re working out by yourself and you’re already a little tired, it’s easy walk away early. Again, accountability comes into play when hiring a trainer. If you pay for an hour, you’re not going to be likely to leave 30 minutes early. Also, a good personal trainer motivates you to work hard. You might end up pushing through a burn that you didn’t know you could handle. You might end up pushing harder than you ever would have pushed without someone to keep you focused and to keep you inspired. The best trainers make you want to train hard.

Work with as many trainers as you can over the course of your time as a workout enthusiast. Don’t feel forced to commit to any one personal trainer in particular, especially when you haven’t build a relationship. Unfortunately, part of being a trainer is being a sales-person… you don’t want to get stuck training with a great sales person and a crappy trainer. By keeping your mind open and your work ethic high, personal training can take you to levels that you never would have achieved alone.

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Regarding money and stuff, I have no interest in making you sign a contract or having your credit card automatically billed. 

Training folks is sort of a hobby for me.  I don't charge much.  I just try to find people that I like working with.

This entire 'career' has been completely accidental. 

I played football at the University of Pennsylvania for a while but walked away from the sport to fight professionally. At the time, there weren't too many fighters walking around campus or hitting the heavy bags in the gym... so people sorta started taking note.

One random day, my classmate Bari asked me if I would teach her how to fight... she hated normal exercise, and wanted to be able to beat the crap out of her foes.

I don't judge. 

I had never taught fighting before, despite having done a whole lot, but I’m a logical guy and it can't be THAT hard.  Plus, I knew a billion exercises and had extensively studied the science behind training and physical development (I was sort of an exercise science bookworm.)

Anyhow, we started training at the campus gym, and we were interrupted constantly by other people who wanted to learn.

Within weeks I had a dozen clients and after several months I was teaching and training out of my apartment almost full time. I was happily surprised by the response but also a little confused.  

Within a few months, I had my own personal training business, and my Ivy League education became completely useless. 

Now I just help people achieve their physical goals and learn how to fight like warriors. 

Perhaps you and I are somewhat alike... 

Its not hard for me to understand what it’s like to take a look at yourself in the mirror and feel a little 'meh'. The trick is to use that feeling as inspiration, to know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and truly be confident that you are going to do what it takes to get there.

If I was a sales person, I would tell you that it was easy, and that everyone and their grandma can breeze right through the process if they just train with me. Just buy the biggest training package that you can buy!

(I don’t actually have training packages.)

The truth is, it's not easy, and you already know that. In the process that I went through, I certainly didn’t feel great all of the time. I had moments of discouragement and doubt, but this kinda thing is to be expected. Success is earned. Pushing through those moments will help to define who you are.

It took me four or five months to lose 60 lbs. After a year I had lost 80. Long after, just by keeping the same practices and habits loosely in mind, I haven’t put a pound of it back on. Or maybe a few. I don't weight myself anymore. I just wait for my clothes to start fitting poorly, and make changes when necessary.

Nevertheless, developing good habits and incorporating them into your lifestyle permanently is the key to long term success in the physical realm. These are habits that we can build together.

I will to put something new in your mind each time you enter my gym and teach you how to apply the principal on your own time.

Sometimes this may be a new exercise concept. Other times, it could be a martial arts technique. This all depends on you, and the goals that you have... but it will always be well designed, functional exercise.

If you want to learn how to fight, you will learn something new about MMA every time you step foot in my dojo. I'm a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and I've been both boxing and kickboxing for more than 2 decades.

But again, I will build a fighting style tailored specifically to YOU. Your size, and your skills / abilities.

While we achieve this, I will push you to work beyond a level that you would have reached on your own.

If you get to the point that you no longer need me present to accomplish what you need to accomplish, I am happy to release you into the world as an educated athlete. You will be free to do what you wish with the techniques that you have learned (especially if that means writing me a testimonial).

You can spread the ways of the warrior that you learn here, to any who will listen.

You just have to find people willing to listen to you I guess.  That's always the hard part. 

Thank you for reading this!  I don't even remember why I wrote it, but it's here now and I'm not deleting it.