Friday 8th November – Interview with my fantastic personal trainer

Happy Friday everyone!

As a lot of my blog is dedicated to my new training plan, I thought it would be good to ask Chris (my personal trainer) to answer some questions, to show his perspective on being a personal trainer. So over to Chris:

1.       Why did you decide to become a personal trainer? 
Basically I was in a job that I hated, got depressed, started to exercise more to find a way of dealing with that depression, hit rock bottom and at that point, my whole life had to change.  I had always been a person that enjoyed helping other people though, and throughout that entire part of my life, that aspect never changed.  I got a random email from a company called The Training Room, who train people to become PT’s, and decided to go for it!
2.       What was your impression of PTs before you decided to become one? 
I didn’t see the point in the profession really.  I thought it was something that was good if you were an athlete or a celeb, but never felt I’d ever need one (despite never really seeing any difference in my body etc when I was training on my own – there’s only so much you can do by reading the internet and magazines).
3.       What is the best part of the job? 
It’s the little milestones that my clients all get when they get remeasured and they have reduced their size, or have their body fat taken and it’s gone down, or even showing progress in workouts.  And it’s also the little milestones that I have in myself as well.
4.       What is the most challenging part of your job? 
I think because ‘people’ are so complex (mentally and physically) it is certainly challenging finding out what works and doesn’t work for each person and being able to adapt food and workouts and also supplements if a particular person is having any.  There are so many things that can slow progress down or even halt it temporarily, that it’s certainly ‘all-go’ to keep things moving in the right direction.
5.       What are your thoughts on the word ‘diet’ and the whole ‘diet’ industry? 
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the word Diet itself, it’s the meaning that has been attached to that word for so long that makes it sound like there is going to be some crazy new other word attached to it as well, and the world is going to go bonkers chasing something, that for 99% of the time, doesn’t turn out to have ‘optimal health’ at the finish line.  And that annoys me.  Don’t get me wrong, there are situations where a ‘Diet’ is called for, however it’s not a permanent ‘thing’ nor should it be seen that way.  If there was 1 perfect diet, the industry wouldn’t contain 100’s of different books, with 100’s of different celebs ‘endorsing it *cough*’ – and everyone would be doing the same thing.
6.       Who inspires you? 
That’s kind of a tough one because I see inspiration in different way in different places.  I think someone who knows what they want, whatever that may be, and are willing to work their assess off to get it, is an inspiration.
7.       Have you ever struggled with your weight? 
The most overweight I was, in an unhealthy way was around 15 stone, about 4-5 years ago, and I didn’t struggle to drop ‘weight’….dropping fat however was more challenging certainly…..there is still that bit to go yet as well.  It’s never easy that’s for sure.
8.       What 3 words do you think best describe you? 
Empathetic, Geeky, Ambitious
9.       What is your favourite meal (the healthy version and the ‘cheat meal’ version)? 
Jen’s (my girlfriend) Beef Stroganoff is my favourite healthy version meal…..I’ve never eaten anything so fast and be so gutted once it was all gone ha….my favourite cheat meal style one would probably have to be Ben & Jerry Peanut Butter Core ice cream….it’s too good !!!
10.   If you could give 1 piece of advice to someone (male or female) who is struggling with their weight, what would it be? 
It would be to find a coach to guide you through the absolute bombardment of information that there is out there these days, to find what will work best for you 🙂
So there’s an insight into my truly lovely personal trainer. He has helped me so, so much in such a short space of time, and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to put into words to him just how grateful I am, and how much it means to me to have his support. 
My preconceptions of personal trainers were completely wrong, and I hold my hands up to say that. I am incredibly lucky to train with Chris, even if I do moan at him a lot during my sessions! 
If you would like to contact Chris for some advice I promise you he will help:

Make sure you check out Chris’s blog. He has written some really informative posts that have helped me, and will no doubt help you too!

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