Here is the video of Judy’s box jump, performing the exercise as if she’s been doing it for a long time. And if she’d let me grab the box I would have used for her, I could have been preventing her from getting bigger gains.
My purpose and mission is to empower clients reclaim ownership of their health and fitness by teaching them better exercise, nutrition and lifestyle habits. And while, for the first few months, that might mean picking out my clients’ weight and telling them exactly how to do an exercise, it will eventually grow into letting the client set up their own barbell for a deadlift or letting them choose what exercises they’d like to do to finish the hour, for example.
As much as people hire coaches for “accountability” and “motivation”, I strongly believe we trainers should be figuring out how to provide a space where the client can find that for themselves. I think TruFit and IzzyFit are super awesome but I’m still figuring it out how to do it better.
According to a theory of motivation (Self-Determination Theory), people have three basic psychological needs in order to thrive: Autonomy, competence and relatedness. What that basically means is that in order for a client to feel intrinsically motivated to do what it takes to reach their goals in and out of the gym, they need:
- To be in an environment where they feel like they can have a voice and make some decisions (Judy picking out her own box),
- To feel like they could do the task asked of them, even if challenging, and not feel stupid doing it (Judy feeling unphased by a big jump in her exercise. Pun intended again),
- And to feel like they’re part of a group of people with similar goals and values (Judy being in a room full of people who are all exercising to feel better who also cheered her on).
So what does this mean for you, dear reader? A few things, in no particular order. It means that:
- You deserve to find a place where you look forward going to to work out, where people are inviting and have similar core values as you do.
- If you hate what you’re doing when you work out, don’t force yourself to like it! There are so many options for you to try out where you might be able to thrive!
- If you work with a professional and they tell you there’s only one way to do things, don’t believe them.
- If you meet a professional that tells you you’re broken and they’re the only way you’ll get “fixed”, maybe meet someone else.
- Starting a question by “What if I…” can be really good for your health.
- If you’re feeling frustrated with where you are in your fitness life, you can always reach out to me and I’d be happy to see how I can help you. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org and my phone is 312-497-8999.
Now with that, I encourage you to ask yourself, “What if I…” this weekend. (And tell me what happens by commenting below!!)