When it comes to confessions, as a PT and Fitness instructor there are a number of things that participants do or don’t do that can really frustrate us that you may not be aware of….
First and foremost – are clients that have not prepared or able to work-out – either physically in that they’ve not eaten, are ill or only had a couple of hours sleep or don’t have the appropriate clothing and footwear. If you’re body isn’t fuelled and ready to work then it wastes both your time and ours – you’ll either put in less effort or will end up feeling sick or worse. So to make sure you get the most out of your workout – make sure you have had something to eat (even just a banana half an hour beforehand is enough) and if you’re ill then reschedule, as no-one else wants to catch anything from you!
At number 2 is chatting. If it’s at the start or end of the session or during a break then it’s great way of catching up and making friends – but during the workout ?!? We really need you to focus on the task at hand to make sure you’re putting in your full effort and concentrating on what you’re doing. This is also important during group exercise – if there’s a large amount of people we in the class, that means we have a lot of people to check on and if you’re chatting away to your friends, it not only means you’re not working hard and may miss what the instructor is telling you, but you could also be putting off other people.
We also know when you are trying to avoid something! Whether you leave out a few things on your food diary, just need to “pop to the loo” or fill a water bottle, or do your own variation or a different exercise than what we’ve told you to do – whatever it is, we know it’s just you trying to avoid or delay that particular exercise or want to hide your weak points. We put in a lot of time creating your workout routine or diet plan and the exercises are put in there for a reason. By delaying it – you’re just wasting time and by doing your own thing you’re being a little disrespectful and may not get the results you want. If there is something that you find difficult or really don’t like then be honest and tell us! That way we can either try to explain the reasons for it better to help you understand why it’s been included or if you have an injury or simply don’t like it then we can offer an alternative.
To be fair there are a number of things that some instructors do that annoy clients – from being late or cancelling sessions, to spending more time looking at their phone, checking out other members or their own reflection more than what the client is doing, as well as some simply repeating the same plans or routine regardless of the clients needs/enjoyment……… and being honest, if your PT/Instructor does this regularly then it’s high time you found a new one!!
For our own confessions (and Im sure a lot of you can relate to it as well) – as much as we can come across as being extremely confident and self assured – secretly we just want you to like us – whether it’s that we can see it by the effort you put in, joining in or smiling at our “whoops” and corny catchphrases, liking our posts on FB and twitter or just a simple thank-you at the end of the workout – it’s what tells us we’re doing a good job and that you’ve enjoyed it.
Secondly – when it comes to food and getting the body we want – we’re just like you – there’e always some part of our body that we don’t like and wish was bigger or smaller (I really want to get rid of my love handles!) and we struggle with food and our diet too – though we have the advantage of knowledge – we have to work just as hard to achieve our goals and face the same barriers and occasionally fall off the wagon – we’re definitely not saints – but this is why we can relate and understand it’s hard and as much as we try to push your limits – in turn you help us push ours!