For many clients, one of the hardest things to do is to walk through my door. And I don't blame them. Getting started is one of the biggest obstacles to fitness, but it doesn't have to stay that way. Here's what I'll want to know when you arrive day one, and what you should ask yourself before lacing up those tennis shoes...
1. Why are you here? (In other words, what are your goals?)
I'm glad you're here... but I want to know why. Do you want to lose weight? Strengthen a certain area of your body? Be challenged and pushed further than you've gone before, athletically? If you don't have a destination, then the journey doesn't feel as exciting. I want to know where you want to go, so I can create the roadmap to get there.
2. What's your lifestyle?
There are as many answers to this question as there are guys wearing denim in Nashville. Do you travel for work? Stay at home with kids? Work from 6 am to 7 pm every day? Do you work from home and need a break from being in the house? Everyone has time to workout. It's a matter of protecting that time, so you can.
3. What are your habits—good and bad?
it's time we own our habits. Both good and bad. When I was younger, my bad habits were probably drinking and hanging out too late, a result of growing up in NYC. But by the time I turned 23, I knew it was time to put my energy into developing myself mentally and physically. No matter what your background, it's vital to take an honest look at your habits and know when it's time to make a change. Do you live to cook? Eat out more often than in? Does the manager at Bobbie's Dairy Dip know your name, and the name of your dog, too? No judgement here. But the more honest you are with yourself, the sooner we can get to the good stuff.
4. What are your obstacles?
Since my background is in anatomy and physiology—I care about my client's medical history, past and persistent injuries, and anything else. It all matters. Because you matter. Many women I've trained have faced issues ranging from thyroid function to menopause to regaining strength during and tone after pregnancy. For men, health concerns can range from elevated cholesterol to diabetes, or even cardiac issues—many men are plagued by old sports injuries. There are ways to work around obstacles, through them, and beyond them. That's what I'm here for.
5. Are you ready to put you first?
After you've taken a hard look in the mirror, it will be much easier to address what needs to change. But even then, only you can decide to show up. I believe it's important to take care of yourself before you can take care of others. To be the best friend, father, mother, mentor, wife or worker you can be—you have to put you first. Are you ready? I thought so. Let's get started.