10 Crazy Confessions From An Imperfect Personal Trainer

It’s the first full week of August, which means it is time for me to confess my health/fitness sins and come clean.

I’m not perfect, I don’t try to come off as being perfect, and quit frankly, I am comfortable with my imperfections as a woman/trainer/fitness freak.

But I also love being 100% open and sharing with you my little secrets… which I guess aren’t secrets any longer.


SO without any further ado, here are…

10 Crazy Confessions From An Imperfect Personal Trainer

1. Shakes In The Morning, Shake In The Evenings, Shakes At Supper Time


If I wasn’t married, I would be completely satisfied living off protein shakes for every. Single. Meal.

I always throw in either spinach or a green supplement, so it’s not like I wouldn’t be getting real nutrition. While I am all about whole foods to get a whole lotta of nutrition, a shake is just so easy, fast, filling and delicious.

I’m pretty sure Dan wouldn’t go for shakes for dinner, which is probably a good thing. And I always stress to clients that supplementing a shake for a meal here and there is fine, but really aim for REAL food!

Hypocrite? No, because as much as I want to live off creamy, shakes… I don’t.

2. I own a pair of Reebok Crossfit Leggings.

Why do I need to confess this?

Because, sometimes my business kinda competes with Crossfit.

I sorta feel like I’m having an affair… on myself. But I love my new leggings, they are so soft and comfortable! I saw the at the outlets this past weekend and just had to have them. I was surprised when they were cheeper on the website than at the outlet.

I have nothing against Crossfit if it works for you, but I feel like I have to hide the logo when I’m teaching. Lol.

3. I have a hard time following someone else’s workout.

I’ve mentioned that my friend Amanda designed my half marathon running plan for me for my October race.

Well, I’ve actually been following it. Trust me, this is huge. It takes everything in me to do each workout prescribed. For example, yesterday she had me doing 5 minute intervals at goal pace… easy enough right? I really, really wanted to scratch that and do speed intervals instead at the track.

But I didn’t. And I felt great about it. I just keep reminding myself that Amanda knows what she’s doing and I am trusting the system.

Do you have a hard time following someone else’s workouts?

4. Pistol squats are possibly a thing of the past.

I love the challenge of pistol squats and I’ve mentioned many times that I feel like a fitness bada$$ for my ability to do them.

Well, I can’t do them right now, and perhaps ever again.

For the past few months my knee has been giving me trouble. I think there might be a meniscus tear. It doesn’t bother me when I run but doing certain exercises makes my knee scream.

Pistol squats is one of them.

So what does that mean? It means, I won’t do them. There is no point, so many other great moves!

5. I don’t care if your wrists hurt.


Okay, maybe I should restate that… I don’t care that much if you complain that your wrists hurt.

I have a lot of clients that complain of wrist pain during moves like push-ups and mountain climbers. They give me a sad face while shaking their wrists out…

My response? “Shake it out and keep going.”

Weak wrists don’t get stronger by avoiding floor moves. Suck it up Buttercup and on off days do some wrist strengthening and mobility moves.

For help check this out —> How To Strengthen Your Wrists

6. I eat rice… and encourage others too!


For years I was one of those “anti-carb” eaters. I avoided bread, pasta, rice, and white potatoes.

But within the past 6-months, I’ve learned more about nutrition and have realized that the nutritional profile of foods like rice and potatoes outweigh my carb fear.

While potatoes aren’t a regular in our home (we just don’t love them), rice is. Gluten-free, easy to digest, a great resistant starch and it’s loaded with vitamins and minerals.

Of course I keep my portions in check though!

Grab some jasmine rice… show some rice love!

7. I hide chocolate in our freezer.

This past weekend I made chocolate chip oatmeal cookie bars with a peanut butter chocolate icing (they were amazing)! Of course I didn’t use an entire bag of dark chocolate chips, but I didn’t just leave them out for grabs either.

Nor did I tell Dan about them.

They are now hiding in our freezer, behind a lot of crap so that I don’t go in and eat them by the handfuls.

By hiding them, they are out of site out of mind… kind of. And by not telling Dan, they stand the chance of lasting long enough to make another sweet treat. <— Anyone else hide food from their spouse?

8. Adios early morning workouts.


I used to be an extra early morning workout bird… I’m not now.

I don’t know what it is, but suddenly I can’t wake up for early morning workouts. Getting up at 5am on a Saturday used to be no big deal…

But the past couple of months, I’ve chosen to sleep and run when it’s hotter. It might be miserable running under the sun, but that extra hour of sleep has done my body good!

Early morning workouts might be a thing of the past for this girl. And I’m okay with that.

9. I don’t just hand out modifications.


Here is a final trainer confession…

If you ask me for a modified version of an exercise, but I know you can do the real thing…

I won’t give it to you.

I would rather people rest a few seconds before pumping out a few more real push-ups then go down to their knees. And sometimes when people ask for a modified version, I’ll give them the harder one.

You’re with me to make you stronger, fitter, healthier… I don’t mess around with that responsibility.

10. Working out solo sucks.


I have access to some pretty awesome training equipment at my studio.

And since I am not training all day long, there are plenty of opportunities to get a pretty amazing workout in.

But it’s been quite the challenge and sometimes I still go to the gym down the road to workout.

Why? Because working out in a gym all by yourself is lonesome, quiet and it’s too easy for me to quit just a few minutes in. <— Yes I’ve done this several times.

I’m trying to change this, because dang it, I have awesome gear! I don’t need the gym down the road. I should be able to motivate myself to workout from start to finish.


I’ve gotten a lot better about this the past few weeks… thanks in part by sharing workouts with friends and pretending that I’m filming the workout (which always helps me bust it out).

But damn, working out solo sucks!

Now it’s your turn…

Tell me a recent nutrition or workout confession!


  • i think you are my trainer twin! yes to all.

  • Heather

    #5 sad face, lol.
    #9 harder version=dirty


    • haha, yes dirty but it must be done!

  • haha- I love that you hide the chocolate from Dan ;). Shakes are delicious. Definitely easy to get into the “well I’ll just grab a shake” routine, good to remind ourselves that real food is better!

  • Emily

    I love these confession posts of yours! I always keep chocolate in the freezer and I feel the same way about wrists…you’re gonna do the pushups and the planks whether you like it or not so stop being a baby! hahah

    • Hahaha, exactly! No babies allowed! 🙂

  • Sheena

    I hear ya on working out solo! I can do it and I’ll get going on a rhythm but then I just get bored or distracted and don’t push as hard and slowly do less and less. I did circuit training with my tough mudder team last week and it was sooooo much better!

    • I bet that was fun to workout with the group! Dan and I just registered for our first Spartan! Excited!

      • Sheena

        My first mud run is in a little over a week, I’m super scared but super pumped at the same time!! I’ll let you know if it’s any fun 😀

  • I am a newbie visitor – but just wanted to say I love this post!
    Looking forward to following you on here!!

    • Thanks for coming Shashi!

  • Eveliz

    I would love to work out with you!!!! I love that you would push me to the extreme! Too bad I’m in the mitten.

    I too can’t wake up early for a work out. I barely wake up with enough time to get ready for work lol. I wish I could, I would prefer to do an early morning workout.

    • I know too bad! I would love to have more workout partners!!

  • Ronda

    It’s too bad you have the feeling of “competing” with CrossFit – but you know who has made you feel that way? CrossFit! – with their defensive and elitist attitudes! I am sure there are some gyms and cross fitters that don’t act or feel that way, but CF Corporate does! I have some crossfit apparel – and tees from some gyms/boxes. And lately they are never the first thing I grab. I kinda don’t want to be associated with them so much anymore. Too many people and gyms doing dangerous moves too fast, thinking throwing up after a workout is funny or a badge of honor, thinking their way is the only and/or best way for EVERYONE (“just modify and take breaks and you’ll get those 100 pull-ups, 100 push-ups, 100 hang cleans, 100 box jumps, and that mile run done in no time!!”). Gahhhh!!! Insane.

    I love rice – jasmine is also my fave – and I also measure it out to keep portion size in check

    I agree – wrists get better (assuming no injury) with more practice. Teaching PIYO taught me this.

    Pistols place too much forward pressure on my knee, so they don’t work for me either (even modified). I even have to really watch form on weighted lunges and Bulgarian split squats. Sometimes I will get sloppy and push out a little too much on the knee as I go down instead of just going straight down – and it hurts!

    What’s left….love shakes (and protein bars), love chocolate (but I don’t hide it and I have a little everyday), love to work out around 9:00-10:00am (I am NOT a 5 or 6 am gal) and I actually love following someone else’s workout. I think too hard, over analyze and second guess if I try to write them for myself.

    And thanks to a year of crossfit, I love working out alone most of the time. No pressure lol 🙂 But if I can find a non competitive style with non competitive people, I do enjoy being with others then 😉

    • Love this, thank you for sharing your thoughts!

      We were talking about other workouts last night in class, and I was discussing just that… trying to do too much too fast, too unsafely. No one needs to deadlift at an insane weight as fast as possible, or lift weight over their heads… that is just asking for an injury. Form is vital and when it’s all out 100%, how can it be kept in check? ugh!

      Split squats can be tough for me too, I can’t do them weighted any longer. 🙁

  • Toni Prather

    Awesome post!!! Yes I want to stop also but we need the push (I know I do)!!!
    Yes the wrists HURT but I do want to get stronger!!!!! You go girl!!!

  • Melody

    I LOVE working out with other people. Unfortunately no one in my inner circle works out or those who do prefer to be alone. 🙁 I try and make it up with doing group classes but that leads to more cardio than strength.

    • I’ve learned that even having an online buddy to workout with helps. I have a friend and every few weeks we share a workout that we both have to do over the next few days. It helps keep us accountable knowing the other is going it!

  • I look forward to these posts every time! It’s nice to hear from a trainer who isn’t 100% about the 5am workout club. I just cannot work out as hard/well super-early as I can at 9am or later. My 5pm workout is just as good as a 5am workout!

    • Heck no, my body loves sleep! And since I don’t get home until late, doing my own workouts at 5am is just not going to happen! cheers to later workouts!

  • My confession is that I’m terrible about sticking to my own workout rotations! I can hand them out like nobody’s business, but when it comes to my own workouts? Yeah …

  • It’s totally fine that you did the plan at the track- doesn’t matter what you and Katie are doing, I’ll still cheer for you when you pass or we meet (Unless I’m in the middle of an interval, obviously!). In fact I think you did a really good job following that plan, and like you, I would have trouble doing that too.

    I always feel weird with crossfit brand clothes! I saw some shorts I wanted that were crossfit… I just thought they would be good for running in but that it would be weird for a runner to wear crossfit stuff but they looked very comfy.

    I go through phases with early morning workouts. I’m better about it in the summertime. For a long time in the Spring, I was sleeping until almost 8 every morning and just working out later in the day or at lunch bc that worked for me.

    Lately I have mixed chocolate protein powder with coffee and blended it into a shake… now that is good. Protein frappucino!

    • It felt great to get the run in and I am proud to report that I did finish the miles a little later in the day. That’s funny, if the shorts are comfie then go for them! They might turn out to be amazing!

  • Catherine

    My confession… I too hide things from the spouse, lol. Another confession? I love redbull. I’m not a coffee or tea drinker and with two little ones, redbull is my occasional go to for helping to get me through the day; however, if I’m a closet drinker, then my spouse is a full blown addict so I always buy a few and leave a few in plain sight for him and hide one in the veggie drawer for me. I’m working on replacing this with a coffee flavored protein shake so I can maybe trick myself to thinking I’m actually having coffee? Placebo effect? Hopefully!

    • Haha, funny. Unfortunately the cat is out of the bag so the chocolate has been discovered 🙁 Have you tried JavaPro? It’s delicious coffee protein!

  • Great post! And LOL I say suck it up buttercup all the time!

  • Another good confessions post! 🙂 I never think there are that many and then I’m always nodding along with you. 😉 For sure to #5… One of the biggest complaints from clients! And I actually like to workout alone but also have trouble following a program – so I hear you on many of these! 🙂

  • Cassie

    I love these confessions… especially the one about modifications.

  • Dan

    Taylor, you just need to blast some music loud and you’ll be using our studio like you should. We can also get some quotes up on the wall to help motivate you more!

    • Sheena

      You could get a projector and skype workout with your online buddy too 😀

  • I always seem to have sore wrists. As I add more yoga into my routine I seem to see them flare up, push ups and mountain climber rarely bother them but side planks/falling stars and tricep dips seem to really upset them. Can you have side weak wrists? Sadly I was hoping to check out the wrist link and it’s broken 🙁 Sad Panda.

    • Dan

      Wrist link is fixed. Small issue… sorry about that.

  • Kim

    My current confession is that I’m eating a bowl of Cheetos while I read blogs tonight – zero nutritional value but so tasty!!!

    • OMG I love Kim’s confession!! I was eating a bowl of Honey Bunches of Oats while reading blogs tonight!!

    • HAHAHA~ that’s awesome! <3 cheetos!

  • i went back to work this week and have eaten my weight in candy!

    • 🙁 But I am sure your school is glad to have you back!

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