Most people believe that trainers are required to “look the part” in order to be considered a “good” trainer.
I understand why. We’re inundated with messaging like this: “Politically Incorrect: Appearance Counts…. Your appearance, how jacked you are, and how much you like what the public THINKS a trainer should look like matters a great deal….” But what does “look the part” even mean?! What are you comparing it to?
Unrealistic photoshopped beauty standards?
Body shapes that are completely individual and unique?
If you’re anything like me, you fell into this trap too and did 2 things:
1) you hired a trainer based on a 6 pack and got zero results yourself and
2) believed that your worth, achievements, and success depended on the look of a body.
You’re looking at photos of me at the start of my career, leaner, less educated on human performance behaviorally and physically, and believed - I didn’t look the part therefore I’m not good enough.
I look at that girl now and wish I could give her a giant hug and tell her:
You are not your accomplishments.
You are enough just as you are.
You are more than what the scale says, what your pants size says, and what you eat.
Your health is not measured by the look of a body.
The look of a body is not a measure of health, my friends.
And as I’m starting to see bathing suit posts and questions floating around the internet, I’m encouraging you and inviting you to consider that you’re enough *exactly* the way you no matter what your goals are. Double tap if you agree. - 54 minutes ago