As someone who’s been in the fitness industry for about 5 years, it seems that there are a lot of fit pros who keep their cards close to their chest when it comes to helping their clients. Here are the 6 most common ‘secrets’ that I can attest to:
1) We Cheat Too
Every single trainer has cheat meals from time to time. It doesn’t matter how fit they are!
2) Genetics Matter. A Lot
Unfortunately, life isn’t always fair. Some people get results faster than others even when they do the exact same thing. With that being said, most of us aren’t even close to our genetic potential, so we can ALL make great progress regardless of our genetics/metabolism.
3) Getting Fit Can Be Expensive
Very few people can get fit with just a gym membership. Even fewer people can get fit by working out alone at home. This means that most people will have to go a coach to reach their goals. Bootcamps usually range from $100-300 per month. Small group training is usually between $30-40 per hour and a good personal trainer will cost you between $75-100 per hour. I’m biased, but I’d say your health is always a good investment.
4) You Don’t Need to Spend an Hour or More Exercising
The whole “sell fitness blocks by the hour” thing is archaic. Studies show that cortisol (bad) levels rise after 45 minutes of exercise and testosterone (good) levels drop after roughly 45 minutes of exercise. Too many people waste time during their workouts. I’m a firm believer that 30-45 minutes of HIIT and strength training is far superior to any other method out there (for fat loss specifically).
5) We Have a Good Idea of Your Diet Simply By Looking at You
What you eat, and how much you eat directly dictates your body weight (while exercise influences body composition more). If you’re having a tough time losing weight, it’s almost always because of your diet. That’s good news and bad news for trainers. Good news — we’ve identified the problem and can offer solutions. Bad news — we won’t be with you for the other 23 hrs while you eat.
6) Our Certifications Don’t Matter
Having the knowledge needed to get people in shape is an absolute pre-requisite for any trainer. What separates a good trainer from a bad trainer is their ability to get people to stick with their program. Note: this doesn’t apply to sport-specific trainers and professional athletes