I recently overheard a couple trainers recapping a workout that they just put some people through that consisted of seven straight minutes of Burpee’s . I heard them talk about how after the workout they followed the participants into the locker room and gave them wedgies and swirlies until they set uncle.
Okay that really didn’t happen but it might as well have.
Sometimes it seems that as trainers the attitudes we take towards fitness is much more of that of a bully than a friend.
Do we need to be reminded Why we got into fitness in the first place? If you asked most trainers it would be because fitness had a huge part in making their life better and they want to help give that gift to others. It is for this reason that I am proud to call myself a trainer and a member of the fitness industry. So that is why when I hear trainers talking about embracing the role of drill sergeant and say they “torturing people” like a proud badge of honor it bothers me to no end.
I feel that that type of attitude and talk downgrades us as professionals and does not speak to the true nature of our intentions and mission as a community.
True fitness professionals give the gift of fitness. They live day in and day out to build people up and help them achieve their greatest hopes and dreams. They never focus on beating someone down.
Don’t misunderstand; I am all about hard and challenging workouts. I do strongly believe that without challenge to push our boundaries true growth is not possible. However; that challenge & that attitude to push need to come from a place of purpose and love not an ego.
Early in my fitness career I took the examples set by football coaches and others that I had known throughout the years to help guide my attitude towards training & coaching. I wanted to be the hard trainer and make everything as challenging as possible. I took pride in the fact that I was the “love to hate trainer” and considered the “tough guy”.
However; when one day one of my boot camp participant told my boss that I was “a jackass who liked to belittle people and watch them fail” and she was never coming to another workout I was instructing; reality instantly came crashing down. People don’t like bullies.
I realize that although people might say that they want hard workouts with a really want is someone to believe in them and teach them the way and show them how to challenge themselves. They want someone who is going to guide them through adversity and challenge.
Build people up don’t beat people down