What is Personal Training with me like?

What is Personal Training with me like?

I believe in finding joy in movement. Personal training is one way I help people like you find it, too. Other ways I do that is through teaching yoga, Pilates, and ballroom and Latin dancing. All are forms of wellness that my heart for helping people is eager to share.

The joy of movement comes not only from physical movement but also from getting unstuck and learning how to recover from blocks in life. I know how to do this from my own experience of overcoming injuries, poor posture, and many other difficulties to reach a healthy, lovely, light lifestyle.

Generally, people hire me for personal training because they are experiencing certain problems. For example, some feel sluggish and weak, while others are concerned about weight gain or certain aches and pains or other issues. I help my clients know themselves better by asking open-ended questions. We might discuss why they don’t feel like moving. Or we might start gentle movements, and then I’ll ask them how they are feeling.

I have discovered through my own experience that much body pain comes from poor posture and weakness. Muscles that are too long and stretched start to cry in pain. Usually, the muscle on the other side of the body is too strong and is pulling the body toward the strong side. This leaves the other side feeling unsupported and abandoned. When this is the case, I can help my clients to assess their own posture and figure out which body part needs to be strengthened to overcome what is draining their energy. I teach them to know where their axis is, so they can balance better. Being balanced physically often results in balance in other aspects of life. This principle also applies to strength. Being strong physically can lead to inner strength.

I am an encourager, and my range of knowledge goes beyond physical support. Sometimes, I help clients assess whether emotional problems could be weighing them down and causing physical pain. Although I don’t diagnose any problem, I might ask clients to think about whether their pain possibly could be psychosomatic. I have suffered from psychosomatic pain and been to therapy for it, so I am aware of how real that type of pain can be.

I am not a therapist, and I do not cross the line to try to do what a therapist does. However, when my clients also are working with a therapist, I offer support and encouragement in doing all the exercises they are given – whether mental, spiritual, emotional or physical. Sometimes, having a trainer helps you do exercises recommended by a therapist is a great comfort.

In the process of assessing clients’ needs, I make sure I’m a good fit for them. I realize my clients are willing to make changes in their lives, or they wouldn’t have hired me for personal training. However, if I sense I cannot help, I urge them to get the best treatment they can find, perhaps by going to a doctor or getting professional therapy.