I recently read a post on Facebook written by IDEA Health and Fitness Association, which prompted this blog.
The posted question was:
“The biggest misconception about fitness professionals is…”
As you can guess, the answers came flooding in…
After reading all of the posts, I soon came to the conclusion that "We Are The Same Person" but we have made different choices!
Let me explain!
It is assumed:
1) That health and fitness comes easy to fitness professionals.
2) It is assumed that we do not feel pain.
3) It is assumed that we wake up feeling 100% EVERYDAY.
4) It is assumed that we do not get tired.
5) It is assumed that, just because someone is certified, that they are qualified to train.
6) It is assumed that all fitness professionals play sports.
7) It is assumed that a “certification” makes someone an expert.
8) It is assumed that all fitness professionals eat healthy meals ALL DAY and ALL NIGHT.
9) It is assumed that all fitness professionals make a TON of money.
10) It is assumed that just because the label “Celebrity Trainer” is in someone’s title, they can work miracles.
Need I continue?
And now the truth:
1) When I made a commitment to health and fitness at the age of 7, I was so scared to have the same chronic illnesses that are genetic to my family. I come from a family with Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Arthrosclerosis, Pulmonary Disease, and Stoke. At the age of 24, my cholesterol level was 240 (A vegetarian that exercises every day). I have to work hard to stay healthy!
2) There isn’t a day that I am pain free. I have severe arthritis in the cervical spine, a slipped coccyx, a labral tear repair in the left hip, which has caused chronic pain in my right foot due to years of compensation.
3) There are some days that I just want to sleep in…BUT here’s the difference, I LOVE MY JOB, which makes everyday a blessing!
4) I am up at 6AM and see clients until noon. I return to work at 3PM until 9:15PM. Oh yes, I also have a home, laundry, cleaning, cooking, and a PhD program that is taking FOREVER, and lesson planning for all of my classes and clients. Of course I get tired…BUT here’s the difference, I LOVE MY JOB, which makes everyday a blessing!
5) It saddens me that due to the nature of our business, we have "dumbed down" our profession. A house wife/actor/singer can go to a workshop for a day and become certified. A reality weight loss TV show can torture people and get HUGE recognition for the mental and physical abuse that they cause not only to the participants but also to those who are watching.
6) Have you seen me handle a ball? If so, you can attest to my poor hand to ball coordination!
7) A certificate is a basic exam. Commitment, education, extra effort, common sense, humility, humanity, humbleness, and leading my example make a health and fitness professional an expert.
8) Believe it or not, we do crave chocolate, bread, and a Skinny Margaritas, but here’s the difference, it’s 20% the time…not 80% of the time.
9) If only you knew. I made more 12 years ago than what I do today. Here’s my story, in 2002 I got laid off from a lucrative location based entertainment position. At that time, it was the glory days of our economy. I could have gone back into corporate, sat on my bottom, or bought another expensive handbag, but I decided to take advantage of my freedom and continue my education. There has been one constant in my life and that is health and fitness. I hit the books for 7 years straight to achieve the education and certification(s), and am now pursuing my doctorate. I have never been more tired and stressed, however, everyday I am mentally stimulated, and I LOVE MY JOB, which makes everyday a blessing!
10) No one, no one but you can work miracles. As a health and fitness professional, it is not WHO you train, it is about how you CONNECT! At the end of the day, it should be about ALL of the lives that you have influenced, not just WHOSE life you’ve influenced!
In a nutshell, I think it is safe to say we are the same person but we have made different choices.
To me, at the end of the day, “Happiness lies, first of all, in health.” George William Curtis