Monday, February 14, 2011

I Have a Confession

I can't help you lose weight. Neither can any other personal trainer, performance coach or strength and conditioning professional. We can help you strengthen your core, improve your flexibility, get stronger, faster, more agile... but we can't help you with the weight loss. Only you can do that, and the only way to do so is by changing your eating habits. Any trainer who tells you otherwise is either naive, delusional or willing to say whatever they need to in order to get you to sign up. Possibly all three...
Maybe admitting that is going to hurt my business - but so be it. If I don't say so, then your departure may be inevitable anyway - because if I don't say it now, then in three months' time (when you've lost no weight because you still eat like crap), you're simply going to think I'm making excuses. If I tell you this right at the outset, then at least the conversation at the end of the quarter isn't "Well, here's why you didn't lose weight and it has nothing to do with me..." - it's "I told you so".
So before you ask your trainer or coach what you need to do to lose those "last 10 pounds", ask yourself how ready you are for the answer....

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