It’s measurements weeeek [*Oprah Voice*] for clients and I want to share with you the progress of a client that really touched my heart last night. Her transformation reaffirms for me why I am in this field. It is truly a gift to witness clients transform before me.
She’s been training with me since last July and on our first meeting expressed that she wanted to create a sustainably healthier life; one that flowed with her lifestyle, not against it. This is key.
Her focus was not in losing weight. I will also preface with this: losing weight should not be the primary focus for anyone on this fitness journey. If you focus on gaining a healthier lifestyle, the weight will come off.
In her previous profession, she was a fashion model so she’d been there, done that. She really didn’t have much weight to lose being on the cusp, her BMI was at 26. Some would argue this is nothing to even worry about. Her main focus was to just be healthier and more active.
In the beginning, it was extremely challenging for both of us. Pretty much all the movements were new to her, so we spent much time getting her form on point. Her days are spent sitting for long periods because she’s a writer. But when she shows up to each of our training sessions, she gives 100 percent!
She really surprised me last night during our workout. All those months of hard work came together in that hour together I was seeing a completely different person in front of me. Her form, her focus, everything, on point! I had to keep myself composed as watching her transformation made me a little teary-eyed.
With just training once a week with me, she has lost a total of 18 pounds, her body fat is down 5%; she’s added more than 5 pounds of muscle and her BMI is now at 23. She now does push ups, full squats, deadlifts, bench presses and currently learning how to do pull-ups! All of these were foreign to her when she first started, mind you. I’m also confident she will maintain this lifestyle and these changes for the rest of her life because they didn’t happen over night or rapidly.
So how is she seeing results month after month with only training 1 hour a week with me? It’s simple. She does her part. When she’s not with me, she runs, she walks, and she practices the exercises we learn during session at least 3 other times a week, on her own. And she’s also mindful of what she eats. Just mindful, not doing any strict deprivation diets, but mindful.
I particularly wanted to tell her story because some people believe it’s a trainer’s job to motivate and inspire their clients; and I agree, to a degree. In reality, my clients are really the ones that are doing the inspiring, and she’s a great example of that. She gets it. She understands that in order to see herself changing, she has to be that change and live that change. What you get out is what you put in.
I also wanted to tell her story to show realistically what it takes. Many of us begin this fitness journey with expectations, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Just be willing to work for those expectations.
There are 168 hours in a week and she sees me 1 hour a week. That’s less than 1% of her entire week! When we do the math, I really cannot take any credit for her transformation. The credit belongs to what she does with the other 167 hours she is not training with me. This is humbling and also inspiring to me. Some days I really do feel as though this life chose me.
Where ever you are in your fitness journey, keep going. You will get there. Every little bit counts. Trust the process. And lastly, be patient with yourself.
Peace & Love.
***Cindy Ugochi Njoku is a San Francisco based fitness trainer, and the founder of Active Break, an organization that inspires busy professionals to live happier and healthier, one active break at a time. Interested in coaching? Please get in touch; firstname.lastname@example.org / 415-548-1432.***