As a fitness trainer, I know how much we love our job. How much we love the people we help and encourage. How much we never want to stop doing what we do. Yet, it's not all sunshine and rainbows. My boyfriend has to put up with some things that probably, kinda sorta are unconventional. But, he's living his dream (his words).
No matter what they teach, personal training, yoga, pilates, barre, HIIT, I could go on and on, but either way, they are passionate about the people they work with. This fire follows them throughout their life and will most definitely influence you.
1. Constant practicing
Don't be alarmed if you wake up to find her up and about practicing her routines for a class/client.
2. Gushing about a client who has been killing it
No matter how much of a tough cookie we are, clients touch our hearts.
3. She's flexible
You. Are. Welcome. My best friends always introduce me to guys with, "She's really flexible ;)"
4. There's a routine, stick to it
We may be flexible, but don't come between her and her schedule. She is supported by her routine.
5. You are now a fitness class guinea pig
She needs you to help her rehearse. Approach her practice tests with enthusiasm and just have fun.
6. She'll never judge you
Don't ever feel pressured or intimidated. We love you for you. And, news flash, we are not perfect.
7. Always learning
Learning never ends. Learning new routines, learning new people, learning new emotions, learning new approaches to life.
8. And always eating
Teaching a few classes a day is tough on the body. We need our snacks. All. The. Time.
9. Stretches before bed... every night
No matter how tiring and long the day was, she will make sure to fit it a quick bend and no break.
10. The funny things that happened during class
Story time: One time I taught and my pants ripped. Only made the class more fun!
11. Shaker bottle vases
There's no need for vases, when shaker bottles do you justice. The first time my boyfriend brought home roses, I didn't have a vase so we improvised and used a shaker bottle. Now, that's the only vase we will ever need.
12. Free personal training
It's your dream come true. Fitness is at your right hand at all times. Plus, we will be pumped to start talking to you about our passion.
13. She talks endlessly about how well/not well your class went
Sometimes we kill it and sometimes... we fall a little short.
14. Chugging water
We need to stay hydrated! Plus, she'll be your water tracker as she bugs you to drink with her. Shots! Shots! Shots (of water)!
15. Team work makes the dream work
There is no "I" in team and fitness instructors know the strength of collaboration and support. No one can go through journey a journey alone.
16. She wakes you up early to go on a run
Let's take a jog to the beach and watch the sunrise!
17. Protein, protein, and more protein
She doesn't have to be a weight lifter to assure that she nourishes her body with enough protein (from any source you prefer). My cupboard is always stocked with lentils and chickpeas.
18. Watching her watch fitness videos to get ideas
While you're reading the news, scrolling through Instagram, or just chilling out, she'll be watching workout videos or saving posts from fitness accounts.
19. Goes to bed super early
We need at least eight hours of beauty sleep and, let's be real, we are grandpas.
20. She lives off of Spotify playlists
Wait, do you hear that song? What's it called, I need to add it to my workout playlist. Plus, she loves to sing (even if she isn't that good).
21. Pulse 2, 3, 4
While she does chores, she'll start reciting her catchphrases and mantras.
22. She's your forever cheerleader
Getting out of bed? If you don't squeeze it, no one else will! Washing the dishes? Let's go, you've got this! Running to the bathroom? One more minute! 30 more seconds! Mowing the lawn? You better feel it tomorrow!