Quality not Quantity. I think that it’s fair to say that this concept can be applied to pretty much everything there is in life. This has become even more pronounced as I’ve begun to acquire more clients and grow my business; that the quality of each session I have with a client is what matters to me most.
I received the biggest compliment the other day from one of my guy clients. He’s in his early 40’s and told me that I am the first person who has ever explained to him how a movement is supposed to feel in his own body. It was one of those ‘ah-ha’ moments. He went on further to say that no one has ever described to him how to engage his core. Guess you can teach an old dog new tricks after all 😉
I’m different in many ways from most personal trainers. I have a Biology degree, so that’s always a good start. So l have a pretty good understanding of the human body. And unlike a lot of trainers who regurgitate what they’ve read on bodybuilding.com (not that it’s a bad resource, because it’s not), I truly research the information I provide to my clients! I’d be ashamed if my fitness facts were simply parroted versions of that website. And if I don’t know something, you better believe I will get you an answer from a renowned source; academic journal, medical publication, or peer review journal. I’m also a big advocate of mobility (but that’s a whole ‘notha topic), which often goes overlooked by other trainers. Every person’s body moves differently because they have developed muscle tensions or injuries specific to them, so I adapt my workouts with that in mind.
Anyway, back to my original story. Hearing that comment from my client about how I’ve explained to him how a movement should feel, seriously made my day and I will never forget him sharing that with me. It’s hard to put into words, I’m so humbled that I’m the person that has taught him not to simply emulate movement but actually know how its supposed to feel (huge difference)!
I train him along with his wife and they recently took a little beach vacay. They reported back to me how they rented bikes (which they’d never done before), went on long beach walks everyday (also had never done in years past), and made healthy meals to boot! Hearing this literally made me beam with happiness! Knowing that I influenced both of them to make healthier choices… Honestly just makes me smile thinking about it 🙂
It is these moments when a client shares with me a change they have made in their life – drinking more water, holding better posture, joining a morning workout group, stretching everyday, eating cleaner – that I am humbled by how much my words of encouragement have influenced these people to make positive changes in their lives.