My name is Bridget and I am one of the certified personal trainers you will find at Endurance Fitness of MN. Personal Trainer; that title can have many mixed reactions, some of which are not very postitive. Today I would like to clear up some of those negative perceptions or misconceptions you may have about our profession!
On the television and the internet, personal trainers are portrayed in an interesting way. They are usually screaming at their clients, forcing them to eat nothing but protein shakes and pushing to the point of exhaustion or vomitting. Meanwhile, they display their perfect, flawless bodies and encouraging unrealistic goals. This is NOT what a persoal trainer does and is definitely not who I am!
Myth 1: All workouts with a personal trainer will be too hard!
No! As a trainer, it is my job to design a workout catered to you and your specific fitness level. I will not have you squatting 2 times your body weight or running crazy sprints on the treadmill to the point of passing out! With every client we start slow. We discuss your needs and goals and begin working towards them. We will use basic movements, light weights (or maybe nothing at all), we will take water breaks and hopefully have a little fun in the process. We will move forward at your pace. Will I challenge you? Absolutely (but I also want you to come back for more)!
Myth 2: I have to get into better shape before I can work with a trainer!
Nope. Personal trainers are for every fitness level. People with little to no workout history can benefit greatly from working with a trainer. I love to start with a client at a beginner level. I can safely introduce movements, focus on form and really get some great results. Also, this is a wonderful way for you to learn exercises for you to eventually feel confident to put together your own workouts and continue independently.
Myth 3: I will have to drink protein shakes and eat nothing but vegetables!
Not true! Although we will discuss your current nutrition (especially if your goal is to lose weight) and I will give you suggestions, I will not force any unrealistic dietary restrictions! I believe in moderation and indulging every once in awhile. We all love a good cheeseburger and fries every now and then, especially in the summer! Nutrition is hard and that part of a healthier lifestyle is really up to you. I will, however, encourage you to get more veggies into your diet and give you simple guidelines to help you reach your goals!
Myth 4: Personal trainers have perfect bodies, never miss a workout or eat anything unhealthy.
Again, not true! I am the mother of 2 beautiful little girls, although I do work very hard, my body has changed and in some ways will never be the same as it was before. I have insecurities and areas that I need to work on too. I am not dancing around in a bikini or short shorts! Nobody and no body is perfect. Some days I just do not want to workout (gasp!) and I don’t always look forward to my workouts (double gasp!). Some days, I woud rather sit at home with a bag of chips and binge watch Netflix, but those are the days it is important to dig deep for that motivation and get to the gym. Having an appointment with a trainer can be a great way to hold yourself accountable even when you don’t want to. Working out is hard for everyone, but I promise (even if you are not looking forward to it) I will help you through it and you will feel better in the end. Back to the cheeseburger and fries, my nutrition is not perfect either, I indulge sometimes and have slip ups. Like I said, nobody is perfect and we all need to enjoy life (unfortunately kale doesn’t have the same effect as a donut)!
Now time for some truth…
I love what I do. I believe fitness is important, but also not easy. I truly enjoy helping people get into shape and teaching my clients new ways to reach their goals. I also really love watching people become stronger and more confident that carries through in all areas of their lives. Seeing clients lose inches and pounds is pretty great too! If you are still a little hesitant to give personal training a shot, I would love to offer you a free trial seesion so you can see what it’s all about or ask me any questions!
Fitness is a journey and I’d love to be a part of yours!
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