Have you ever wanted to do something – really wanted to do something – yet you kept finding excuses not to do it? Maybe you dream of traveling, but the “time isn’t right” or “money is too tight.” Maybe you want to take a dance class, but think “I’m too old.” Maybe you want to share your passion for fitness and launch that online personal training programs vision you’ve held in your mind for nearly two years, but you haven’t because:
- There are so many personal trainers out there
- Everyone in Charlottesville is a trainer of some kind
- The website isn’t exactly right
- Need to take this class, that webinar, read a book first
- You think you aren’t qualified and no one will want to train with you
There’s a solid peek into my head these last several months. I’ve lost hours daydreaming about the online fitness community I want to build, mentally putting together workflows and programming and writing and re-writing content that never got posted. I know what I’m capable of, who I want to reach. On most all fronts, I’ve been ready to launch this thing for a long time. Except, I’m REALLY good at letting fear get in my way when it matters.
The thing is, when something takes hold of you and doesn’t let go, there’s usually a reason. I’ll save my poetic waxing on callings and divine plans for another day, but if there’s a thing that won’t let you go, you should probably pay attention to it. This vision of mine wouldn’t go away, and all the signs have been flashing GO in big neon letters for a while now, and growing louder by the day. In the end, I couldn’t not do this.
Slowly, my excuses fell away. Sure, there are a lot of personal trainers out there, but none of them are ME. I’m not in Charlottesville anymore and frankly, my website will never be just right. I’ll always be taking a class or listening to a webinar or reading a book because that’s who I am – someone who is always learning, always trying to get better.
It took me a while to get there and believe it, but you’re damn right I’m qualified to coach others, and not just because I passed a personal training certification.
I’m qualified because I know intimately how hard it is to lose weight, to change a lifestyle, to face fears, to order a salad when you really want the burger, shake, and fries your skinny friend is getting. I know, too, what it’s like to push my limits in the gym, see the results, and get to a point where you no longer beat yourself up if you do have a milkshake. I know what it’s a like to work through an injury, to take eating too far in both directions, to work to heal relationships with food and body.
I’m qualified. Not only have I put in the work to become certified and observed and worked with some of the best trainers around, I’ve been the girl that was uncomfortable in the gym, uncomfortable in her body. Hell, I’m still uncomfortable in the gym and in my body some days.
I’m completely qualified, and this is where my heart is – coaching others to lead healthier lifestyles. The only person that has been holding me back for the better part of two years is looking right back in the mirror at me. We’re generally our own worst enemies, after all.
Besides, I’ve been writing programs for a few friends for a while now – free of charge. I needed guinea pigs, and they needed a trainer (read their testimonials!). But at some point, you have to acknowledge your worth and capabilities. It’s on me to provide services worth paying for, and I know I can do that.
With that, I’m excited/nervous/ecstatic/anxious/all the things to officially launch my online personal training offering. Individual programs, customized to fit your goals (and access to equipment – gym or home!) and with an emphasis on form and functional, pain-free movement. Programs will center around strength training and HIIT work, with additional training implemented based on your goals.
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While I’ll be training virtually, there will be plenty of “hands-on” interaction through Fitbot, an online platform that allows me to deliver programming to clients, hold weekly check-ins, track goal progress, upload video content demonstrating how to perform workouts and the occasional movement assessment, and so much more. It’s pretty snazzy. I’ve lost hours playing around in there.
It’s out there. I’ve done it. I’ve faced down my aforementioned irrational fears and dismissed all the lies I’ve told myself for two years as to why I can’t do this.
I’m excited. I’m ready.
Let the fitness begin.