Confessions Of A Trainer: The Confessions Most Trainers Don’t Want Me To Confess

It’s the start of a new month, which also means its time for a new round of confessions.

In my effort to get ahead of the game this week, let’s make these short and sweet…

What do you say?

If you’re new to this whole confession thing… this is where I confess my sins.

Or at least where I share my more vulnerable side with you, my friends.

If you missed out on the past confessions, I’ll link them up at the bottom!


The Confessions Most Trainers Don’t Want Me To Confess

1. Time often runs on “Taylor Time” instead of clock time.

When I’m teaching a class or a client and we’re doing timed exercises, I’ll often say something like…

“You only have 30 seconds left!”

That is often a lie… and sometimes it’s more like 45 seconds. But it helps the psyche to think it’s just 30 seconds and they surprise themselves at what they end up accomplishing!

2. I don’t always plan out my workouts.

Pick your jaw up off the floor.

Yes, it’s true…

Sometimes I go in to a boot camp without a complete workout planned. It’s only after warming up with the class and seeing how they’re feeling (after their previous workout) that I put together their routine.

This doesn’t happen all the time. 80% of the time, I know exactly what I am going to do.

There are those days when more or less people show up than planned and I’ll ditch the workout I had planned completely.

Sometimes it’s about rolling with the punches. Luckily, I’ve been doing this for a long enough time now where I can build workouts on the fly (definitely don’t recommend this for new trainers).

3. Sometimes I don’t want to be nice.

Sometimes tough love is necessary.

There are days when trainers don’t want to be your friend and to be honest we want to look at you and tell you to suck it up.

We get frustrated when we see you stop to rest when we know you can do better.

This is a hard thing for a new trainer, it is hard to find a balance between being a coach, a mentor, and a support system while also learning to push clients without coming off as rough.

It takes practice.

Oh, and patience!

4. In my head, I compete with clients.

I am blessed to have such a wonderful group of clients. Our boot campers are amazing and represent all women.

We have ex-collegiate athletes, business women, housewives, women who have never exercised, women who haven’t exercised in months, and women who are addicted to being fit.

I love it.

With this huge group, there are some pretty amazing fit ladies.

And yes, while they are working out… I am competing with them.

Sometimes, I will even write down how they did and then aim to beat their performance on my own.

My personal goal is to always be #1… it’s hard though when you have some amazing athletes!

Have I mentioned, I’m a competitive freak?

Thought so.

5. Sometimes I pretend not to hear you

This sounds a lot worst than it is.

If I have a client that is more than capable of doing a certain move but is asking for a modification…

Or if they are complaining…

Sometimes, I’ll just pretend I don’t hear them.

That is a benefit of teaching group fitness.

Sure a move might be challenging, but if I think you can do it, you can do it!

It’s another example of tough love.

And there you have it.

This month’s Trainer Confessions! Sorry, I only have 5 instead of 10, but that means that next month you can expect some juicy good ones!



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In Case You Missed The Previous Confessions

So tell me…

What’s a confession that you have regarding your job?


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