It has become a common part of our vernacular about as much as “apple pie” (and eating a lot apple pie doesn’t help weight loss).
Because of our society and our obesity epidemic (yes, it IS an epidemic), it seems like weight loss is a common part of our culture. However, most people look at weight loss as something they should do for all the wrong reasons.
Thanks to our society’s focus on vanity, the number-one reason we all think we need to lose weight is to look good. We have to fit in that size 1 dress. We have to be strong and muscular to get the guys and ladies to check us out.
And it makes me sad that we are all missing the point.
When I first meet with a potential personal training client, I want to make sure they are going to be the right fit for my programs. I became a personal trainer in order to help my clients become healthier individuals. I do this by giving them the education and motivation to help them make health and fitness a priority for the rest of their life.
So when I ask someone why they want to work with me, the #1 immediate turn-off for me to consider taking them on as a client is this response: “I want to look good.”
Look, I get that looking good and feeling good about yourself is an important part of self-confidence. However, do you know the #1 reason why you should be doing this?
We should be focusing on what exercise and eating healthy will do for the systems in your body. Let’s focus on your heart and lungs being stronger, let’s focus on decreasing the odds for metabolic diseases (e.g. diabetes) or cancer, let’s focus on improving your stamina, let’s focus on improving your mental vitality…
And THEN we can start thinking about looking good.
So when we meet, when I ask you the question, “What is the #1 reason why you want to start an exercise program?” you will now know what you should say. I just helped you. 🙂
And don’t forget that weight loss is 80% nutrition. I CANNOT out-train a bad nutrition program! I can work you out as hard as I possibly can, but once I leave, if you are shoving crap food down your throat, then we are just spinning our wheels. You are then wasting your time and your investment in losing weight.
I don’t want to do that.
So before contacting me, think about why you want to lose weight and work with me. If we are on the same page, then you will achieve your goals and make health and fitness a part of your everyday life. Let’s get started!