Several months ago I posted a blog “Remember Where You Came From” that was about embracing all types of fitness programs, not just CrossFit because let’s be honest, if you’re in the CrossFit world, you tend to think it is the “end all; be all of fitness programming.”
Today I am stepping on my soap box again to shed some light on another common misconception: Not all personal trainers, coaches, and fitness instructors were born with the calling and innate gift of becoming personal trainers, coaches and fitness instructors.
Let me give you an example of phrases I have heard in the past 10 years I’ve been in the business.
“Oh, she’s a personal trainer now? Wasn’t she a stay-at-home mom? What does she know about working out?”
“Why is he getting CrossFit certified? Does he seriously think he’s going to coach?”
“Her degree is in business; what does she know about nutrition?”
“Didn’t she used to weigh like 200 pounds, and now she teaches Zumba? Ha…”
“Oh, he’s got to be an awesome coach. He has like 4 different CrossFit certifications, he eats 100% Paleo, and I think he competed in the Games last year.”
What do all of these statements have in common? I’ll let my boy, Chris Farley explain…
Degree in Health, Fitness, Nutrition or not; and all the certifications in the world don’t justify whether or not someone will be a great personal trainer, coach, or fitness instructor. In fact, some of the most badass, inspiring, motivating trainers/coaches that I know were once engineers, stay-at-home moms, ex-corporate world workers, and even overweight nobodies before they became who they are today. These people are probably more passionate about health and fitness and getting their clients to achieve their goals and results than people who became trainers straight out of college or who have multiple certifications, because they knew what it was like to once have to struggle to become fit, to become healthy, and are “paying it forward” to inspire people just as they were once inspired.
So, before you judge that slightly overweight Zumba instructor who recently lost 50 pounds, and before you accuse someone of not knowing or not having experience or not having enough certifications, think about the “guarantee on the box”.
“Name the ten wealthiest people in the world. Name eight people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer prize. How did you do? With the exception of you trivia hounds, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday too well. Surprising how quickly we forget, isn’t it? And what I’ve mentioned above are no second-rate achievements. These are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten.
Here’s another quiz. Name ten people who have taught you something worthwhile. Name five friends who have helped you in a difficult time. Easier? The lesson? The people who make a difference are not the ones with the credentials, but the ones with concern” – Max Lucado.