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10 Really Bad Excuses For NOT Seeing Your Personal Trainer

personal training comfortIn the 13 years of running my personal training business, I came across a broad range of clients ranging from extremely the serious athlete to the extremely serious drinker. Every client had their own level to which they could be pushed and for how long. Obviously, some clients like the hard work and commitment that comes with training more than others.

But that’s OK.

Because for those clients who don’t warm themselves to the weekly task of putting in the work, they tend to provide us with some of the lighter moment’s of our job – listening to your really bad excuses.

Here are my top ten bad excuses that clients have used with me to bail on their training:

Bad Excuse #10: I forgot to set my alarm.

Bad Excuse #9: If I came to training I wouldn’t make it to drinks on time. Something had to go…

Bad Excuse #8: My legs still hurt from last session.

Bad Excuse #7: My arms still hurt from last session.

Bad Excuse #6: Jan cancelled and I didn’t want to train on my own.

Bad Excuse #5: It’s too wet to drive to training.

Bad Excuse #4: It’s too early to drive to training.

Bad Excuse #3: I had a massive night last night and I am really hung-over.

Bad Excuse #2: I’m stuck at work (when they are really rugged up in front of the TV).

Bad Excuse #1: I am just too lazy to train today (gotta love the honesty).

So there are my top ten lamest excuses for not doing your personal training session. I am not showing you these so you can use them for evil on Luke and the team. But rather to demonstrate that people say some stupid (and slightly amusing) things to justify to themselves that it is OK to give in.

Yeah, sometimes we all feel like making up a stupid excuse at different times to avoid some of life’s discomfort but half the battle is actually showing up.

Not listening to that little punk voice in you head who is convincing you to ring up and cancel your next session. Not giving in to the old you who would have previously found any excuse to stay in bed instead of slapping on your runners and getting out there.

All of life’s great things are created with simple, consistent actions. Being fit and healthy falls squarely into this category as it is the daily actions that contribute to the end result. So if you found that reading through this list had a strange feeling of familiarity, maybe it’s time to drop the excuses and throw back a shot of accountability.

It works much better than Sambucca on a training night.


Why Do We Do The Things We Do?


This post is not going to make you lose any weight, it’s not going demonstrate any new training techniques and it’s not going to motivate you to work harder. It’s going to make you think; think about why we do the things that we do.

Now I am not a psychologist, but as a personal trainer of 13 years I have had the pleasure of hanging out (training) an amazing range of people from celebrities to housewives with seven kids. This has given me an awesome insight into how people tick and I have been blessed to have (and continue to have) the opportunity.
So after looking past the sweat, the well-directed cursing and the early mornings, what have I discovered?
It all comes down to desire. In our society today, we are conditioned to make more, achieve more, own more and look hotter than the next person. If we are not making an effort to do this we are perceived (or we perceive ourselves) to be failing. Desire is ruling our life and it is a train that we can’t get off because as soon as we achieve our initial desire, we automatically focus on a new one.

Here is an example based on a few people that I know:

Dave The Corporate Guy: Climbing the corporate ladder, he must work long hours (70-80 per week) to be able to afford the mortgage on the new 4 bedroom house that he just bought for his wife and their first child. In the 8 hours of waking non-work time, he crams in a couple of rushed PT session because he is expected to look good for his job and he is worried that his wife will leave for a younger, fitter man. He collapses on the couch every Sunday afternoon exhausted in preparation for next week.


Why do we the things that do?

For me, it all comes back to desire (and it’s not always a bad thing). Having the desire to be better can be a highly motivating factor and one that create great change. Some other common desires that drive people include:
Desire to be successful, Desire to provide for yourself or your family, Desire to impress the opposite sex, Desire to make your parents proud, Desire to not be left behind by your friends.

Now this desire thing can be an alluring drug so it must be looked at with a little perspective. Some motivations are well measured and others are just excuses to have more stuff.
So that’s my two cents, now it’s your turn.

Why do you do the things you do? What drives you? Is it healthy or unhealthy?
Cheers Rick 🙂

Why Mobile Personal Training Rocks My World (And How It Can Rock Yours Too)

Mobile Personal TrainingAs a friend of Luke’s, he recently asked me to make a contribution to his blog and I was stoked to be able to chip-in. Now to give you the big picture, my name is Rick Watson and I have my own personal training business that focuses on training personal trainers (strange eh?). But before that, I also ran my own mobile personal training business for 6 years.

But before I bore you with details, let me explain why I am here hanging out on the Revolution blog. I LOVE MOBILE PERSONAL TRAINING! It’s that simple. I lived it and breathed it for so many years that as a student of personal training, the mobile variety is my poison of choice.

These are my three main reasons why mobile personal training rocks my world (and how it can rock yours too):

No excuses personal training: Personal training is all about getting results right? How many times have you been a member of a gym and planned to go and do a workout only to pull out at the last minute because you don’t feel like it. Don’t worry; I have heard some pretty funky excuses in my time.

When your mobile trainer is standing at your doorstep at 5.50am on a winter morning, there is no place to hide. Take your PJ’s off, get dressed, put your runners on and get started. Your body will thank you (even if your mind is swearing at you). Consistency = results.

Personal training for busy people: The funny thing about getting fit and losing weight is that life often gets in the way. Kids, work, emergency dentist visits – they all throw curve balls at you to de-rail your good intentions.

But with a mobile trainer, the gym comes to you; anywhere, anytime. Stuck at work – let’s meet in the park at lunchtime. Kid’s home from school – let’s train at home. Mobile personal training gets you the results you want and still allows life to happen around you.

More trainer for your buck: Ok, this may be a little weird but stay with me. What I am talking about here is client attention – having the trainer focus 100% on their client for the entire session, EVERY time. I have run a PT studio and mobile businesses and I can confidently say that mobile clients benefit from getting the most attention of any type of client.

If you are training in a gym or studio setting, the social aspect of the environment (especially for the trainer who is there all the time) WILL impact on your session. Mobile training is obviously 100% client focused and that is one of the big reasons why I love it so much.

PT Business In A Box

As you can see with every one of these three points, it all comes back to getting greater results for the client. It is the small things done consistently that achieves these great results and in my opinion, mobile personal training simply removes the roadblocks to make life easier.

So yeah, mobile personal training rocks my world and I hope that it is rocking your world too. If it’s not, get in touch with Luke and get moving. Don’t let life get in the way