Back in my days before kids I owned a personal training business and ran a morning boot camp program. I trained about 35 ladies at 5:30 in the morning 3x per week.
To say I was a little unsympathetic to what at the time I considered a lack of commitment is putting it nicely. I made them do extra lunges if they were late to class and if they yawned during class, EVERYONE had to drop and do 10 push ups. If they didn’t show up, I called or emailed to remind them of their goals and how they need to get up and come to class, no excuses!
Most of these women were moms and many times they told me their babies or kids were up all night and they were just too tired. I listened but inside I was screaming “NO EXCUSES! How hard can it be to get up and exercise just 3 times per week?! ” I actually told one mom that she could just nap during the day!
Funny how karma comes back to get you.
I am now “blessed” with FOUR children who do not sleep through the night.
On any given night I am woken up at least 4 times and rarely do I get more than 3 hours of consecutive sleep. The idea of getting up at 5am to exercise is laughable at this point in my life.
If I could go back in time, I would punch my personal training self in the face.
So now that I’m that busy mom, I want a personal trainer who GETS me. Who understands that I am stressed out, sleep deprived, and usually unshowered. I want another mom who can tell me they understand why I dive into a bag of chocolate late at night. (hey, it’s either that or a bottle of vodka!)
I’ve had some great male trainers who offer great workouts but let’s be honest…..they don’t get IT.
Until you live in the trenches, you cannot possibly understand.
Right now I don’t have a personal trainer but if I go looking for one in the future, it’s going to have to be a fellow mom.
What do you think? Have you had a trainer who didn’t get IT?
Do you prefer a man or a woman trainer/instructor?