How goes it this week friends? Today we're talking about an experience most teachers or trainers have, I'm sure you'll enjoy. It never fails when I mention to people what I do for a living, some new interaction brings about a comment to the like of, “You’re a trainer, you must workout 7 days a week and run 5 miles a day,” or one of my favorites “You must eat to super healthy and clean,” whatever that means. I’m not insulting any of these folks or trying to make them out in a bad light (mostly). They simply are going off what they know in their brain to start and interaction. I’m just here to clear things up a bit.
Let’s start with this, coaches and trainers aren’t perfect. Overall, yes, as a group we all try to practice what we are preaching, but then again, the above (though they are super exaggerations to drive the point home) isn’t all that healthy either. I personally am to improve everyone’s health, that’s both the body and the mind. With that, I’m freaking human too, we all are. I go through periods of time where I’m eating food that’ll fuel me well and take care of my body, but I also like to indulge a bit and go out with friends...really shocking I know.
Side note: When I hear someone say a term like "eating clean", this makes me want to walk away from the conversation very quickly and get a frosty one.
The point is, coaches do what we do because we want to show everyone how to live a health lifestyle, but we aren’t tyrants to our clients or even ourselves. Please alter your expectations of your coaching friends & acquaintances, you’ll find your conversations with them more enjoyable, I promise. Thanks for reading everyone, enjoy your end of September and beginning of October. Be back next week for more.
Jarrod Dyke, CSCS