“I am a student of whoever I can learn from.” ~Rashad Evans
A former me would have said that spending money on a personal trainer was a waste of hard-earned cash. Why would you spend money to have someone tell you to work out, when you can work out at home for free, without any yelling?
A former me was over-weight, over-worked and downright miserable.
Hiring a personal trainer is the key to success with any weight loss program.
I Did a Lot on My Own
I lost my first 20 pounds 100% on my own. This was a commitment to myself, and I worked so hard every day. I was determined to stay true to this promise I had made. And, I knew I could become a healthier, happier version of myself.
After I had lost that first 20 pounds, I knew I wasn’t done. There was still so much to learn.
But, Then I Called Steve
That is when I finally got the courage to make the call.
Steve is a highly respected personal trainer in my area. Several of my friends and family members highly recommended him. I’d had his number saved to my phone for a few months at this point, but I just couldn’t muster the courage to call him.
I had no idea what to expect, and I was already working so hard. I wasn’t sure I would be willing to put forth the extra effort he would expect of me.
So I called.
And Steve set up an appointment with me for the very next afternoon!!
Past Experiences Said I Should Be Scared
At this point, I was absolutely terrified. I knew that this was an important step in my journey. But let’s be honest, the idea of working with personal trainer still scared the crap out of me.
Once, about 5 years prior, I had received 3 free sessions with a personal trainer when I signed up for a new gym membership. This guy was like the personal trainers you see in movies. He didn’t want to hear excuses, and he didn’t care what my current fitness level was.
Because of that experience, I was worried all personal trainers worked that way. I was concerned that Steve would have unrealistic expectations of me, and that this would be a huge mistake.
My First Consult
Well, Steve and I met up at the gym and he shared a bit about his experience in the fitness and nutrition industry and I shared the highlights of my journey to that point.
In that first hour, we put together a solid workout plan. It included strength-building activities and a budget for calories I should be consuming on a daily basis, for optimum weight loss.
After that, Steve said goodbye.
He never even asked if I wanted to schedule another session!
I had decided about 10 minutes in to this consultation that I would be meeting with Steve weekly for accountability and coaching. Nonetheless, I was impressed that he didn’t pressure me into the sale. It was fully my choice.
Why It Continues to Work
Going forward, I would meet with Steve weekly. And let me tell you, this guy has seen me through everything this past year!
He’s seen me take pride in my accomplishments, be way too hard on myself through set-backs, complete a half-marathon, go through physical therapy, commit to taking more time for myself and learning to say no, and truly growing into the woman I’ve always wanted to become.
Invest in Yourself
After working through my own fears and misconceptions, I made the best decision I could have for myself by hiring a personal trainer.
I made room in my budget to take care of me first. I work with Steve because he coaches me to be the best that I can be. Steve supports and advises me, while providing friendship and education.
I decided in a moment to do something that scared me, because I knew it would be good for me.
If you follow me on Facebook, you may have seen a video I posted last week with advice from Steve on selecting the right personal trainer for you. I highly recommend at least scheduling a consult session with a trainer to get an idea of how he or she can assist in your journey.
No matter your budget, be sure to invest in yourself above all else, because “you can’t pour from an empty cup.”