• Tracey English

You aren't alone - taking the first step is hard for everyone. Me included.


Happy Saturday, everyone. I just came home from the last of my 8 bootcamp sessions that began in late spring. This series was super - we had 19 total participants who registered and although there were some weekends that everyone couldn't make it, each session was so much fun to lead. I hope boot campers were challenged and motivated, inspired and feeling proud of themselves.

Taking the first step - in anything, really - is hard. For the sake of this post I'll focus on fitness and health. Taking the first step is the biggest hurdle for many people. I get it. Really, I do.

A few weeks ago I posted online that I really felt I was in a slump with my own fitness program. I'm not training for any triathlons at this time, so I don't have a training schedule I **have** to follow. This is a blessing and a curse. Races mean scheduled workouts that have to be done. It takes the guesswork out of the workout. It keeps the goal at the forefront and makes it easier to stay on task.

Having just recently completed a super gym renovation, I thought I'd be all into working out like I was before. But that wasn't the case. I was going through the motions, but my enthusiasm was waning. Not a good place to be - as a trainer or as someone who wants to be challenged and loves to experience the **high** that comes only after a seriously kick ass workout.

Anyway, I wasn't sure what to do. Then a fellow trainer messaged me and suggested I come workout with him. Just for something different. Just to get out of my rut. Why not? I thought. Well, let me tell you why not:

* Why can't I reach my goals on my own? * Why should I need another trainer when Im a trainer?

* Cant I figure out what I need to do to gain strength/lose weight/get faster, etc?

* What if I do things wrong?

* Am I going to embarrass myself if I can't do something?

Those negative thoughts in my head kept creeping up - louder and louder. Thing is, it was a bunch of crap I was telling myself.

* So what if I need some help reaching my goals.

* Just because Im a trainer doesn't mean I have all the answers.

* So what if I do it wrong? Isn't that how I learn?

* Not being able to do something isn't embarrassing. It is part of learning.

See? I get it. After 20 years {yikes - 20 years!!} in the fitness industry and I still have trepidation when trying something new. It's simply part of the process of growing and learning. So when people come to me for the first time - whether at bootcamp or one on one - I understand the emotions that often come hand in hand with that first meeting(s).

But I think that's part of what makes me a good trainer. I mean, if I can't empathize, how can I help?

So after a few weeks of training twice a week, having someone ELSE design the workout that leaves me feeling empowered (and sometimes sore), I'm hooked. I enjoy the workouts, my energy and enthusiasm for working out has returned and I'm feeling good.

Sometimes we just need a little help - a little lift. Sometimes all we need to do is reach out. This can be the hardest part of all, but in doing so, we can accomplish great things!

All the best in health! Tracey

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