The old saying to never judge a book by its cover. How many times have you made a judgement of someone (good or bad) before ever having spoken with them? We do it all the time, it's part of how we explore the world. In the world of fitness, the judgements seem to be more harsh or critical. Some may think a trainer has never experienced struggles. That the trainer has always been fit and in shape. What if us trainers have been in your shoes? A good trainer always makes a session, both physically and metal. We turn into your mini therapists, without a mention of our stories. We are all human, after all.
Below are a few truths trainers never tell their clients, unless there is a need to humanize ourselves.
1. We have struggled the same fight to look and feel comfortable in our own skin. Nothing worthwhile comes easy. I haven't always eaten clean or understood the difference between diet and life style.
2. We haven't always looked this way. Personally, I've pushed myself over the past 6 years to get where I am today. There have been times I've given up and felt hopeless, like I'd never reach my goals.
3. Everyone is a work in progress; physically, mentally, emotionally, romantically, etc. You should always fight for understanding and learning.
4. At least 60% of the population has struggled with some spectrum of disordered eating.
5. We are in the business of helping others, but we can't help if you judge our abilities by our appearances. Too many times, I've heard women tell me they don't want to get big or bulky, because they've seen my arms. Everyone comes in all shapes and sizes.
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