I started in the fitness industry the moment I graduated from high school. I’m not sure if it was the Joanie Greggains records I did as a child or maybe my first step class set to the tune of Micheal Jackson’s Beat It, that hooked me, but I was hooked! (duly noted in the ridiculous halloween costume below) While I did also dream of being a killer hoop star, I just didn’t have the chops or the height to pull it off. I realized, pretty early on, the thing I was best at, on any team, was being the cheerleader. I was often the team captain, but it wasn’t because of my skill. I was passionate about encouraging my teammates to run faster, go further, and drive harder. I didn’t realize, at the time, but it would eventually be how I made a living.
From the athletes I worked with through college to the countless clients since then, I have found one thing in common. These people were all brave enough to reach out for help. I think somehow that decision was more accessible to them. They felt capable of doing more. Those tend to be the same people that join gyms and hire trainers. They do, because they believe they can. What about the rest of us?
Well, I think the fitness industry makes the idea of getting healthy daunting. We post selfies of our fit bodies on FB and then shame people for not working out, i.e. “I have 2 babies, what’s your excuse”. We advertise 6 pack abs and buns of steel – two things that are far away, if not impossible, to most. While we really want to help, it seems our messaging tends to leave people feeling like “less than”. Perhaps, occasionally, these same people work up the courage to join the gym, and when they do, they sign a one year agreement, and walk out the door never to return, defeated again. We then collect those dues and have financial success while failing them, and ourselves.
I got into this business, like most fitness professionals, with passion to serve, help and support. While we reach some, I think we can do better. What I realize now more than ever, is success lies within an individual’s ability to believe in their own potential.
I kept thinking I had all the answers, but I don’t. You know what’s best for you, what you can do, your budget, your experience, you understand your successes and failures, yet I write the programs, open the gyms and teach the classes. I’m sorry that, in some cases, I’ve collected your dues while failing to help you reach your goals.
I’d like to change that. I’d like to meet you where you’re at. I will keep doing what I do for the crazy fitness addicts out there (I know who you are, I love you, I’m one of you), but I want to do something different too. I would like you to take the wheel. For years I’ve pressed people to give up their morning cereal, workout four times a week and drink oodles of water. While it is good advice, it wasn’t centered on what was best for the person, it was centered on what I thought was best. Lectures, advice, and eye-brow raising judgment don’t work, at least it doesn’t long term. Health is personal. We know what to do, and the vast majority of us even know how to do it. My good friend, Carol, has always said it best, “We are creative, resourceful, and whole.”
So, if we can do it, why aren’t we? I think we all just need someone in our corner, someone who’s got our back. Next time you have the courage to take back your health, please consider talking to us. Not to tell you what to do, but to help you build self belief and set your potential free. Because, what you are searching for is already in you. Try trumi health coaching today. One Week Free