I feel that for any person in an educational or coaching type of work should practice what they preach. I'm sure that we've all heard someone who had been a mentor to us (in the fitness profession) or have read this in a book. How many of you actually do it though? What I mean by that is if you're coaching a marathon runner, how many of you fitness professionals have actually been through a training program specific to a running race? What about training a powerlifter? Anyway, as health and fitness professionals, we can access information and resources that can lead us toward good results for these clients, but do YOU know how it feels to go through that training and how to find motivation when you are knocking on the door of exhaustion?
Working for a Sports Performance Academy, I train athletes to be faster in all sorts of sports. I, myself, am not an athlete for a team anymore. I do mountain bike for my own enjoyment, and do participate in a few races each year. However, my training for mountain biking does not translate very well into what these athletes do. Recently, I've adopted a few new and different periodization schemes that allow me to benefit from the sports performance type of training for mountain biking similarly to how my athletes train. I adopt some speed and agility work into my energy system training and the weight lifting scheme that I follow closely resembles their training now. As I have been using this system for myself recently, it's easier for the athletes to see the results that I am gaining and relate it to their own progress.
Over my time as a personal trainer I have found success in training my clients over and over again, but there seems to be a better relation and bond formed between my clients and myself because they see that I practice what I preach. I wasn't always strong, I wasn't always in shape, but I did find my motivation and drive to get to where I am now. I found my WHY. Now, I help others to find their WHY and then find their motivation as well. So, practice what you preach, find your passion, know your why, and give 110% effort with everything you do, every minute of the day.