If This Were Easy…

2009-11-30

Conversations at dinner

Filed under: metapost — Easy @ 11:02 pm

One of the people at dinner tonight was a fitness instructor at Good Life, and the issue of why she doesn’t do personal training came up. She knew I did personal training and she didn’t want to say, because she didn’t want to insult me, but I figured I’m probably not a typical personal training client, so it probably wouldn’t apply to me.

She says she prefers to deal with the people who come to classes, because they’re self-motivated, while the people who get trainers need the external motivation and she didn’t like dealing with those people.

So, I guess that is me.

I’m just not sure I agree with her value judgment. It was tempting to just point out that if she could only handle teaching people who already exercise and enjoy it to exercise, she must not be much of a teacher, but I don’t think that would have been a fair value judgment on her, either.

So, yeah. I need the external motivation, the external accountability. It’s why I have a trainer. It’s why I have this blog, and my food diary, and my weight tracker and everything else. I can’t trust myself to push through the ‘do not want’ to ‘doing it anyway’. But with a little help from my friends (even the ones I pay $50 an hour), I can make that leap.

So I’m not having fun. At least I’m doing it.

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2 Comments »

  1. What matters is that you ARE doing it, whatever it takes! That’s the thing to be proud of.

    Comment by aemasu — 2009-12-01 @ 11:59 am

  2. “It was tempting to just point out that if she could only handle teaching people who already exercise and enjoy it to exercise, she must not be much of a teacher”

    Yeah.

    But there’s room for different teachers teaching different levels. I find it agony to teach beginning trombonists, though I’m quite good with advanced students and professionals. The beginners don’t need more or better teaching, it’s just different, and I happen not to play that role well. It’s not a knock at them.

    I bet that’s her deal, too, and she’s just come up with a rather random way to explain it to herself.

    Comment by Jim Lef — 2009-12-10 @ 9:14 pm


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