10 myths about what I do as a personal trainer and coach - Fabio Bonanno

10 myths about what I do as a personal trainer and coach

Not all personal trainers are created equal

The truth about personal trainers is that you can get good ones and bad ones. 

Any industry has it, there is a threshold of people who can get by just by being average and that’s ok. 

It’s up to the individual to set their own standards and up to the consumer to do their research.

Unfortunately, it’s not always easy as so many people are shouting for your attention in saturated industries. 

I can only give my perspective from my experience as a coach for close to 10 years now.

So here’s 10 myths about what I do as a personal trainer and coach.

My 10 myths

1. I push people 100% during all workouts

While working to your limits can be good, it’s completely individual, most people are too stiff, too tired, too unfit or too stressed to do push to their max every workout. 

Yes, aim for working as hard as possible but sometimes you just have to take it easy

I always push people to what I see as their limit for that given day. 

I look to grow that comfort zone and create new limits. 

Sometimes that means pushing harder than you thought possible, other times, it’s more restorative work, focusing on quality and just enough stimulus instead of breaking you.

2. I make you eat nothing but chicken and broccoli.

Come on, I think everyone thinks it’s all dry bodybuilder foods to get in amazing shape.

Fortunately, getting in shape requires you to eat healthily, not perfectly. 

You don’t need to avoid all foods, you just have to be sensible.

If 1 bit of bread is a trigger food that makes you eat 3 more bits then it’s best to eliminate it.

If not, have the sandwich. Be balanced. 

Come on, I think everyone thinks it’s all dry bodybuilder foods to get in amazing shape.

Fortunately, getting in shape requires you to eat healthily, not perfectly. 

You don’t need to avoid all foods, you just have to be sensible.

If 1 bit of bread is a trigger food that makes you eat 3 more bits then it’s best to eliminate it.

If not, have the sandwich. Be balanced. 

There is a perfect way to eat for your body and I want to push you towards that but you also have to feel like you can stick to the plan and that won’t always be perfect. 

If you have the occasional small indulgence, the chances of you sticking to the plan long enough to achieve your goals are massively increased. 

  1. I make you train like a bodybuilder to get in shape.

While bodybuilding techniques are good, you don’t have to train like one to lose fat and get stronger.

Everyone should lifts weights but it’s up to you how hard you want to push.

If you like cardio, by all means do it, just don’t neglect strength training. 

It depends on the outcome you want. 

I love bodybuilding and it gave me a lot back physically and mentally over the years. 

If you truly want to enhance how you look then weight training with bodybuilding techniques are the way to go.

You can still look great training in other ways, just don’t neglect bodybuilding completely. 

  1. You have to train for 1 hour plus to get in shape. 

Again, there are ideals.

1 hour is great if you can manage it but so is 20 minutes if that’s all you got.

Do what you can. 

You can only do so much work in 20 mins so that might not be as good as 45-60 minutes but it’s definitely better than zero. 

Figure out what you can commit to, if your schedule isn’t allowing you to get in the shape you want then have a serious think about your priorities moving forwards. 

 

 

  1. I just train people in the gym.

A lot of progress is made outside the gym.

If you pay someone for an hours work, that’s all you’ll get.

I coach people outside the gym to maximise their life and habits. 

As I said in the introduction, there’s a lot of PT’s and coaches in the game.

This means there’s a lot of coaches just showing up to a PT session and destroying the client for an hour and then leaving them on their own until the next week. 

If that’s the case, you’re better off just following a workout plan online or doing a class. 

You need to be coached in your lifestyle to support your goals, not just lifting weights. 

  1. Progress is only in the mirror

Progress with clients is often mental.

Habits, lifestyle changes, beliefs and self confidence, all these are part of a transformation. 

Before and after transformations sell but are often superficial compared to the inner changes someone makes. 

I’m always wanting to improve someone’s mindset before we work on the body. 

 

  1. If you’re not changing, you’re not trying

People have so much going on in their life that a physical and health change isn’t always possible.

I used to think people didn’t have it in them but then I had a kid, never mind more than 1.

Add to that 12 hour work days for some people  and it isn’t about lack of effort and willpower, you just have nothing left. 

You do have to look at your life if you’re not happy with your body. 

Is it enough of a priority for you? 

If you’ve not been happy for years then something will have to change. 

Can you workout on your lunch? 

Can you be more productive at work or delegate so you can work less hours and be there for yourself? 

  1. You need to know everything about nutrition to change

Most people just need to do better, not perfect.

I coach people to make better choices so they can start now and get perfect later. 

I’d bet most people truly know how to get fitter and leaner. 

You just need to do more work and eat less junk.

While you might be in the dark about specifics, start with what you know and learn along the way. 

  1. You need to pay a fortune to get in shape

PT is a luxury, I’m fully aware of that.

You can find workouts for free online if you really couldn’t afford it.

I have monthly online coaching packages from £157 and a transformation eBook for £47 that gives you everything you need to know so you don’t need to go for the most expensive option. 

You can check them both out here 

Online coaching – CLICK HERE

Transformation eBook – CLICK HERE

 

 

  1. I always practice what I preach

I like to let go as much as the next person, I love junk food and relaxing.

I’m by no means perfect all the time.

I just practice good habits more than the bad ones.

I value feeling good more often than the short term pleasures a cheat meal can give me. 

The risk is one meal turning into a habit and then you end up fat “all of a sudden” 

Perfection is tiring, just maximise what you can do now.

It does require sacrifice to get in shape but once you’re there, you have more flexibility. 

Did you relate?

If any of these points changed your perception or helped you relate, let me know by commenting or contacting me at fabio@fabiobonanno.coach

If you want to chat about your goals and how I can help you get there then you can click here to book a call.

Coach Fabio

 

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Fabio is a health and wellness coach that changes business mens life without sacrificing the things they love.

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