My Imperfect Fitness Journey as a Trainer
Swimming is what many people have known me for, most of my life. Swimming and competitively at that is what got me into my fitness career. As a captain of all my teams, then a coach, movement and exercise were part of my responsibilities as well as a key area of my passion and talent. When I later channelled this job into helping others, I felt so fulfilled. Training someone in swimming from scratch and seeing them swim a full length without stopping, made my heart skip a beat.
So when someone I don’t even recall challenged me to become a trainer, that was one dare I was more than willing to take. My fitness career was built over water……… Well, over the pool. I got a very deep desire to know more about how the body functions. I had this urge to share what great benefit
exercise has on one’s life and wellbeing. I can be quite angry at many things but swimming would take that away or at least make my view of it more objective. There is a great joy and value in sweating it out for myself. Fitness has made me who I am. It has forced me to perform one too many experiments with equipment and food, especially with my family and firmly believe that this is what I was created to do. But here is the sauce…
The truth… The reality. Yes I am a trainer, I spend my day working on programs and instructing clients on what to do. When I am available around my colleagues I can also get trained and instructed. However when I am not, my workout session easily slips through my hands. I get quite tired, my sessions are quite intense and my job physically involving. Sometimes I don’t want to think and come up with what I need to do in a session, I would also like to have someone think for me and just like we all get demotivated to sometimes train on our own, so do I. There are days I eat all the right things, at the right time and in the right quantities, then there are days I will just stuff my face. When I’m stressed, I hardly want to push myself. Sometimes I will just exercise and realize, Aaah this is what I needed or be encouraged that I will feel better after a workout, by those who know me oh too well ( I think I forget that when I am stressed). Do I love cake? Yes I do, do you know I baked my way through fitness school? I bake fabulous cakes and absolutely love cooking. It’s one of my many ways to de-stress. So even when I can boldly tell you that exercise is what you need to give you balance in life, and reduce stress levels, and find your happy, I know for a fact it doesn’t always work for me. We have some great trainers today doing amazing stuff, but we also have a whole bunch portraying a perfect life in fitness and clean eating. I am just human like you. I get paid to write and execute result oriented programs, I cannot lie to you that I can fully execute them for myself. My journey is taking shape, I am still here, still trying to work my abs so that my back stops hurting. I am so glad I pushed through a program to rehabilitate my shoulder because now I can easily lift my daughter. I am glad she’s now of school going age because I now have to plan adequate sleeping and rest patterns and this has really helped me, as well as increased my daily productivity.
Not all doctors are disease free, not all bankers are debt free and not all trainers are extremely fit. On my personal journey, my main aim is to keep at it and to be better with every step. No matter how often I stumble and fall, to just keep at it. To keep moving, to keep eating healthy and to keep pushing my limits. I have a lower back too strong for me, it hurts every so often. This came about after an injury and childbirth. I now need to work my abs, a seriously tough struggle for me. But I am a very good trainer without a flat tummy. I am nowhere near perfect and that works perfectly for me because I can relate to the struggle of you missing a session or not feeling up to it. But do I need to do something about it? Yes I do. I have a trainer; I need to make use of her. I have the luxury of working in a fitness facility; I need to take advantage of that. I also need to suck it up when I am not in the mood to exercise and just do it. Do something, just even do something new. My shoulder is fine now, I need to master and do those push ups. I also need to cut myself some slack when I feel I’m being hard on myself, damn, this is life, and it was made to be like this, hard, easy, strange, changing, funny, unpredictable and imperfect. I need to love the body I am in now, visualise and work for the body I would like, live well and obsess on all things that my purpose calls me to. I need to have balanced priorities that ensure I am not training obsessively or on recess unendingly. So there you have it, I also struggle, and I am happy I do. I can also say I have a personal fitness journey that has its work cut out for me.
I was persistent, I got it. Now I have to be CONSISTENT so that I can keep it.