Are You Ready To Hire a Personal Trainer?

Think back to when you learned to ride a bike. Absolutely terrified and dressed in enough protective padding to re-enter the atmosphere. Your parents probably jogging alongside you, one hand on the handlebars and the hand on the bike seat. Their job here was to provide some support to the bike and a little guidance to the direction the wheels were pointing. It was your job to stay upright and pedal. You were the driving force. If your parent tried to do everything with no real commitment or engagement from you, you wouldn’t have got very far.

Now as much as it is a coach’s job to instruct you how to go about achieving your health or fitness goal, the responsibility and onus lies with you. They are only there to guide you and support you (much like when learning to ride a bike).

No matter how good the diet plan or how amazing the exercise plan, if you are not in a place where you are ready and willing to embrace change and commit to that change you will not be successful long term- it’s that simple. 

This is where sometimes temporarily holding off from investing money in hiring a coach or joining a weight loss club can be something to consider. If you join or start something before you are ready to actually commit to it, not only have you wasted a lot of time and money but you will also have a negative view of the diet strategy, exercise plan or group sessions you introduced- because after all you signed up but didn’t get the result you wanted right?

Ask yourself the following questions…

  • How ready am I to change certain behaviours to achieve my goal?
  • How important is it to me at this point in time? (What other aspects of my life will I prioritise this goal over?)
  • How confident am I in my ability to make these changes? (do I think it will be easy? Do I think it will be impossible?)

The answers to these questions will give you a really good idea as to whether you think you are in the right place to change.

If you don’t think you’re quite ready- don’t worry. Spend some time focusing more on the positive benefits of making changes, you will at some point alter your mind-set and find yourself in a better place to begin.

If you feel you are ready, seek out that support and be confident in your ability to change for the better. To quote Confucius “the man (or woman) who says he can, and the man who says he cannot. Are both correct”. 

Self-belief is key!


October 2, 2018

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