When that one student stops saying “girl pushups” and just calls them pushups or when that other student stops rolling her eyes at the word burpee. That signals a shift in mindset. They’re no longer allowing themselves to be intimidated.
My most inspiring moment is probably my most humbling. In July, the doctors found a giant tumor in my uterus and I had to undergo an emergency hysterectomy. For two months, I couldn’t be the “cardio bunny” that I had been. It’s one thing to know the four components of fitness- cardiovascular training, strength training, flexibility and stabilization/balance- but to EMPLOY those things, wow! Not only did I have to lean on the flexibility and stabilization exercises that I’d learned over the years, but it gave me a new level of practical empathy for clients who have physical limitations or who are recuperating from injury.
I’m currently working toward my Ph.D in Performance Psychology. Along with my AFAA training, I want to be able to give even more back to my students and the fitness community at large by helping people dig deeper and find their TRUE motivation. It’s not about how many burpees your body can do if you don’t want to do them in the first place.
Choose a modality that that you love, not just what the gym wants you to teach. If you love it, you’ll get good at it. And always be honest with yourself. For example, yoga is a definite favorite here in Southeast Arizona. Our local gyms are always looking for teachers and reliable subs. I could get certified just to be more marketable but yoga isn’t my thing. But when you DO find your thing, never stop learning!