Without a doubt the most impactful moment in my life this year has been when I decided to step outside my tiny box and pursue my dream of working in the fitness industry. I’m still not where I necessarily dreamed I would be, but I’m gaining confidence each and every day in what I can offer, what I can do and who I am as a trainer. Maybe next year’s post will be all about achieving another step, but we aren’t going to focus on next year just yet.
After being approached by gym management on three separate occassions with a job offer, something finally clicked and in April I took the job as the Assistant Head Coach for my gym’s group HIIT fitness classes [I was just offered the promotion to Head Coach a few weeks back but denied it due to the fact I would have to work nights].
I’ve learned a lot since the beginning of this year – about myself, the type of trainer I want to be and the future that I see for myself in the field, so I thought with the year coming to a close this would be the perfect time to reflect on all those things!
My #1 fear when I took this job was my lack of “cheerleader” attitude. Sure, I want to motivate and push my class to kick it up a notch each and every time they step into the studio, but I’m not that girl cheering them on every five seconds either. For some reason I had it in my head that I could only be successful if I was this peppy, cheerleader who was constantly bouncing around and cheering the class on.
Well, according to my classes I’m actually quite peppy, which I had no idea about, but apparently my pep isn’t due to cheering and instead is a reflection of my love for fitness. I’ve been told that my positivity and love for what I do is what keeps people coming back for more – and if that just doesn’t make you wanna squeal like a little girl then I don’t know what does.
Though I’ve been instructing classes for months now, I still battle insecurties when I’m instructing, especially on Saturdays when the classes are larger in size. Being in front of that many people [ 20+ ] makes me super self conscious, particularly when I’m demonstrating the movements and talking about the class.
I’ve never been great in front of crowds [ my wedding day was the worst ] and though I know that my class is there to workout and not judge me, I can’t help but feel like I need to fit into a certain mold as a trainer. Those insecurities can sometimes still mess with my head and though I’ve gotten better at my response towards them, it’s something that I’m constantly working on and trying to get better at.
I never realized was how much having this job would awaken a desire to learn and grow in my knowledge each and everyday – not just of different exercises but also in my ability to reach my clients. Each one is different – they have different goals, different needs and different capabilities. As their Coach I want to not only help them through the workout of the day but I want to set them on a path to a healthier overall lifestyle and to do that I know that I need to work on myself as well.
Just like I want for my clients, I want to be better than I was yesterday – not just in the gym but in life.
There is nothing more rewarding than seeing one of my clients accomplish something they didn’t think they could do. When I see one of them get their first full push-up, pick up heavier weight or choose the advanced version of the exercise I legitimately get chills all over my body. Seeing their eyes light up, the smile stretch across their face and the overall look of, “holy crap I just did that!” is by far one of my favorite feelings.
In my opinion burpees should be an everyday thing. In fact, I personally do burpees in some form everyday in my workouts – because what better exercise is there to get your heart rate up, target every muscle group and leave you flat on the floor out of breath?
As much as I love burpees though, I do realize that not everyone shares the sentiment. I get a chuckle out of the fear in the eyes of my class when it comes to the workout finisher – they hold their breath and hope I don’t throw some sick, twisted burpee at them and when I do they literally look at me like I’m insane. Hence the nickname “Burpee Queen” from a few of them! And some probably not so nice nicknames from a few others 😉
So while this job hasn’t been all rainbows and butterflies there has also not been one single second that I’ve regretted it. I’ve met some great people, gotten to be a part of some amazing life changes and even learned a thing or two about myself a long the way. I’m pretty much living my dream if you ask me.
What have you learned about yourself this year?