It’s not an easy task motivating others. As a personal trainer I will typically get the “can you get me motivated?” question and it’s just such a hard one to handle. Instead of trying to give them a pep talk, I instead tell them about my beginning as a personal trainer.
In High School, I wasn’t fit, by any means of the word.
I played Hockey and Baseball but would be the one kid who just sat there staring at the weights waiting for our mandatory lifting time to be over with. I’d almost refuse to lift unless a coach was in the room. I just absolutely couldn’t stand weights, and the mandatory off-ice conditioning was even worse because I had to do that. I didn’t think anything of it, I was perfectly happy with myself back then and until I really sat down and realized what I was doing to myself. All it took was one time to look into the mirror and I said,
“I think it’s about time for a change.”
My aunt was a personal trainer and took me under her wing. She made me workout with her 4 times a week and eat healthier. At the beginning, I couldn’t stand it. After a while I realized how much faster, healthier, and happier I was with the change I was going through. It turned into sort of an addiction. That was about 8 years ago and I haven’t looked back since. My workouts became part of my schedule, a necessity if you will.
A missed workout is a wasted day.
My motivation was looking at myself and realizing a need for a change. Every road is rough in the beginning, but it will slowly become less rocky as you get settled in. The whole reason I became a personal trainer was to share the feeling that I have while looking back at myself compared to where I am now with those around me. It changed me as a person and it’s a feeling that I feel selfish for having without being able to share it with everyone around me.
So still today, I get the question “Jack what motivates you to get in the gym, no matter what kind of day you’re having?” The answer couldn’t be simpler. I get to the gym because it’s a part of me. If I’m having a bad day, it makes the day better. If I’m having a good day, it makes the day great. It’s a routine, an addiction, a lifestyle, and a story.
Share your own story! Whether it be of weight loss, conquering that first race, improving your tennis rating, accomplishing a goal, or some other unique aspect of your life that makes you ELITE!
Written by Jack Slater, Trainer at Elite Sports Club-Mequon
Jack Slater has a B.S. Kinesiology Strength and Conditioning from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. He specializes in athletes as well as general population. Jack has a strong interest in Olympic Lifting movements and enjoys educating people of all ages of the benefits of weight training. Jack’s interests include Gaming, Hockey, Baseball, and spending time with family and friends. He believes that “Nothing in life is achieved without the required work. A good training mentality will lead to progress and results that can exceed any expectation. Any goal is attainable with good training, mental toughness, and a will to succeed.”
This information is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease. All material in this article is provided for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you have regarding a medical condition, and before undertaking any diet, exercise, or other health program.