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A Personal Trainer Can't Change You

Personal Trainer NYC

You want to get fit. You hire a personal trainer. You’re all set, right?

Sorry to break this to you, but no—just hiring a personal training won't do anything if you aren’t ready to commit to doing the work.

Sure, a trainer can hold you accountable for showing up and help you gain the momentum you need to succeed. A trainer can also provide you with professional instruction to ensure that you’re exercising effectively and safely.

But a personal trainer can’t do the work FOR you.

If you don’t have the right mindset, you’ll fail even if you have the world's best trainer right next to you 24/7.

Adopting a growth mindset is key to achieving any fitness goal. It is the secret sauce behind showing up and being committed to doing the work.

A personal trainer can’t change your mindset FOR you. This is your fight.

I work with clients in Tribeca, NYC, and we New Yorkers hate wasting our time. The last thing I want is to waste anyone's time and money.

While I’m committed to giving my clients personalized training services tailored to their fitness levels and goals, I can’t do this without them 110% committed to the program.

When I meet a potential client who wants to train with me, I let them know how challenging the process will be. I ask them if they’re truly ready to embark on a life-changing journey.

I don’t give my clients cookie-cutter routines, and in return, I expect them not to phone it in when they perform the exercises.

Ask yourself these questions to see if you’re ready to get the most from working with a personal trainer:

  • Are you ready to commit to changing your daily routine?

  • Are you ready to feel uncomfortable?

  • Are you ready to carve out time most days of the week to work out?

  • Are you ready to say no to your friends who ask you to hang out all the time and let them know you're cutting back on the drinking?

  • Can you resist eating junk food when your significant other is sitting in front of the TV with a tub of popcorn/chips/ice cream?

A personal trainer is a tool—a very helpful one—in your journey. But this is YOUR fight.

If you want to make meaningful changes in your fitness, assess your readiness to commit.

If you’re ready to do the work, develop a plan. Then, set actionable goals.

If your plan involves hiring a trainer, do your homework and know what you should look for in a personal trainer.

The process will be messy. Being committed also means you’re mentally prepared to handle failures. It may take some trial and error to establish a schedule and find a routine that works for you. You may experience setbacks when people around you don’t support your vision.

Don’t give up! This being YOUR fight also means you’ll be the one to reap all the benefits of the hard work!


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