Thursday, September 1, 2011

What Is A Trainer?

It's not very well known but there are bars called hostess bars or dance halls called hostess dancing. It was more popular in the past, but it's still around. A hostess bar is a place where you pay by the hour and the hostess compliments you, blows up your ego, acts interested, listens, and does everything for you. Like get you a napkin, your drink, pick up stuff, just fawn over you, flirt with you, etc. Hostess dancing is pretty similar. You go to a club and pay a girl to dance with you, tell you how good you are, how handsome you are, etc. 

A lot of people seem to think that's what trainers do also. Trainers think that's their job, and the clients expect that when they hire a trainer. Someone who compliments them all the time, gets them their water, their towel, tell them how good they look, how they are too lean, too buff, the man, too strong, flirt with you, make you feel desirable and sexy, stretch you, open the doors for you, put the weights back for you, hold your hand while you are doing lunges, support your back while your are lifting something, etc.

Wait-a-minute, seems like people expect this also at the nail salons, from their stylists, their hair dresser, dry cleaners, etc. No wonder hostess bars are becoming obsolete.

Well the buck stops there. A trainer isn't a host or hostess. They aren't your cheerleader. They aren't there to pick up your weights, get you your towel, tell you how good looking you are. Why the hell would they put your weights back when the whole point of you being there is to lift a lot of heavy things? That makes no sense. Why is the athlete resting while the trainer goes to get their water?

Would you expect that from your football coach or tennis instructor or martial arts instructor or one of your professors in college? No. So what are you paying for? It's a waste of money to use your trainer as an emotional crutch. And it that's what the trainer is best at, he is not maximizing his job. 

A trainer's job is to train you, on your lifestyle, habits, diet, athleticism, and your mind. Whenever I have my athlete/client stretch after a work out and they see a trainer gently massage their client or stretch them, they ask me why I don't do that for them? Then I ask them, why don't I just work out for you instead too while you just watch. 

The client needs to work out, not pretend to work out. And trainers need to start doing their jobs, I don't care how much money they charge or what celebrity they train or how expensive the jeans they are wearing while they train their clients are. Are you a trainer or an actor/trainer?
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