August 18, 2017 by
As a personal trainer I have heard plenty of people over the years use the phrase "I want to be the best version of me possible." And how can you really argue with someone who wants to make such a positive self-affirmation? As a personal trainer, you really can't. But what you can do is guide them through a process that makes that affirmation more personal and only about them. Doing this helps to remove subconscious barriers that too often lead from what started as an amazing self-affirmation, into what quickly can turn into a horrible sense of self-defeat. And let's be honest, who ever wishes that to happen?....Nobody! So how does this process start? 1. Start by asking your client exactly what their transformation at the end is going to look like if they were to be the best version of themselves possible? Sometimes you will get an answer that explains how they looked and felt some years back, and sometime they will immediately reach into their phone, open up the gallery and show you a saved picture of someone they want to look like. You might even have a client who isn't even sure of what that transformation would look like, they just want to feel better and be more healthy in an active lifestyle. Pro: They have a goal, and goals are always important no matter how ridiculous you may think one of theirs might be. Any goal your client sets for themselves are almost always more likely to take shape...no pun intended...than ones you set for them. So encourage them to state and really define in detail what those goals are and to be honest with themselves about why and if it's reasonable. Con: Encourage your client to forget about how they looked in the past no matter how long ago it was. Why might you ask? Because that was in the past and only the now and where they are working towards in the future is important. The amount of mental exhaustion and self abuse people will put themselves through because they don't look like they used to is very real; and usually they won't be up front with you about it in the beginning. In short, encourage them to let the past be just that...the past. In regards to the second scenario if they decide to show you a picture of someone else they wished that they had the body like; really stress to them that it is only okay to use that as a guide and not the rule. Not matter what you do for them or how amazing of a personal trainer you may be, you will never fulfill that kind of a transformation goal for them. After they show you the picture, encourage them to do with it the same as they did with the past...let it go and forget about it. Because here is the truth. Every client you will ever train is already at that very moment the very best version of themselves possible. What they are really asking for you to do is help them everyday to be better than they were the day before. I am not just saying this either...it's the hands down honest truth. One of the biggest reasons clients or people in general quit with changing their lifestyle for a healthier them is because of the undue stress they place on themselves in regards to thinking they are somehow "not good enough" in their current state. This thinking is about as constructive as starting to build a new home on a foundation made of salt. In my opinion, over the years of personal training I have found that changing the way people think about themselves is just as important as changing the ways people exercise and eat. If you can get your clients to believe that how they are in the present is just as worthy as how they will be once they reach their goal 90% of their barriers will be removed. When your clients understand that they are ALREADY the best them they can be, but they can be better as well; then it truly becomes all about the most important thing there is...THEM. Your clients will transform so much quicker the moment they realize that holding themselves up to the expectation of what someone else has accomplished is not doing anything to help them transform...if anything it hinders them. So the next time you hear a client tell you that they want to be the best them possible...tell them they already are and explain to them why.

August 4, 2017 by
Just like many people's fitness journey... When we conceived of this site, we knew that we had high ambitions. Many of which have been met, and some of them have a bit of work still ahead!  This can probably sound a lot like aspects of anyones life where we strive to develop and create our own success!  We're constantly working to add what we know it will take to deliver an amazing social network dedicated to fitness, and fulfill our mission: To bring people and fitness professionals together through a community of information, products and resources which promotes physical fitness and wellness to the worlds population. Just like fitness is a journey not a marathon, so is developing a site you are going to market to the masses. Some of the features we are currently developing in addition to the already existing ones are: Workout & Mealplan Builder which Tracks and Connects the Trainer with their Unlimited Number of Clients  World-class Marketplace for Trainers to promote and advertise thier Brand  Wearable integration stats with our Fitness Tracker Mobile applications for Android and iOS, including check-in feature An amazing community of fitness enthusiasts from all disciplines, as well as trainers, businesses, researchers, doctors, and industry leaders! Ok, that last one is NOT something we can program into the site, which is why we are making this statement: We Need YOU! Even though we are not finished, now is a great time to build a profile and start using the blog, forums, groups, and marketplace.  We know people who love fitness as much as we do have something to say; AND WE WANT TO HEAR IT. You will see as we go forward that new features are coming online all the time, enhancing your ability to get the most out of the site and reaching a larger audience. All of our users can post blogs as well as any feature which gives voice to your creative content. If you are a trainer, and want to post in the marketplace, but want to kick the tires before kicking your credit card, use the contact form and ask us about our sponsorship opportunities! Any personal Trainers or Business owners who wish to have an account can set one up NOW for FREE until the end of September. If you wish to support our vision by paying for the subscription; it is only $9.99 for unrestricted access until January 1st of 2019 and we greatly appreciate your support.      Sign up early, sign in often and of course invite all of your friends so they too can join the community Where People and Professionals go to NetWork Out.  Thank you