Why use a Fitness Coach vs a Personal Trainer?

April 30, 2008
In a generic gym environment, people who are new to working out, or are uncomfortable with their image, can easily feel intimidated and uncertain. They may go a few times, but unless they are guided and directed, statistics show that many members who sign up for a gym membership rarely use it. A fitness trainer can give you the direction and guidance you need, all from the comfort of your own home. No longer do you have to worry about prying eyes, or feeling out of place. Once you begin working out in your own environment where you feel protected and secure, you will be surprised at how quickly you regain confidence.
What’s the difference between a fitness coach and a personal trainer?
Statistics have shown that a fitness coach, not a personal
trainer, will produce better results than a personal trainer will.
Personal training is the service, (usually provided by your gym), of guiding you
through a workout, fitness coaching is the service of
guiding you through getting you a fit body (more than just
a workout). Having a fitness coach with you every step of
the way will help you to avoid the confusion and misleading
info out there and find out how to maintain fitness as a
way of life not a temporary condition. Personal trainers guide you
through physical work out sessions rarely addressing the need to
address the full body, including diet, metabolism, conditioning, etc.
What should you look for in a fitness coach?
What experience do they have in the fitness industry?

A highly dedicated and motivated fitness coach will be
dedicated to fitness as a career. You don’t want someone
who has personal training as just a hobby or temporary job,

who thinks hanging out at the gym is a social event. Look for
a fitness coach who dedicates themselves to continuous learning
and continuous improvement, who has proven credibility through writing,
speaking and credentials.

Do they have published articles? Are they relied upon by
the media? Do they give presentations to public groups?
Have they been interviewed as a credible source for fitness
information? These are things to consider to help determine
if they are actually serious about fitness, which means
results for you.

Look for a fitness coach that addresses more than just
working out. Look for someone who will show you how to
include proper eating habits, motivational strategies to
keep you going with your fitness program, and gives you a
detailed plan of action to get you to that body you desire
in the shortest amount of time possible.

If you don’t address each area you going to end up sunk
with wasted time and $$.

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Love Your Body

April 18, 2008

On Sunday March 23rd there was an article printed in the LA Times called “Suit Up, Spa
Fans”.  I don’t know if you know this about me, but I love the spa.  I love what the spa represents- freedom. What came over me when I read this was first fear and then anger. Decisions about whether to mandate the use of swimsuits to cover up are being made by spa managers that have their own issues with
their bodies and those of women they know.

One of the managers uses intergenerational as a reason to not want to see her grandmother naked.  I think that’s just an excuse for poor self esteem, judgment and denial.  She calls it awkward-and for her it may be.  I took my mother to a spa recently where I encouraged her to be naked.  Knowing that my mother doesn’t love the way she looks and has been more than slightly disconnected from her femininity and sexuality for a long time, I wanted her to enjoy the freedom of expression that we can only get at a spa
these days.

Not only did I have no problem with it, I encouraged it.  She felt like a young girl in
the hot tub with us as she found her freedom of non judgment and love-she got to just “be”.

The author, who by the way is not in favor of this movement as she explained to me when we exchanged emails, also sites bridal parties, business meetings, and family parties as another reason why they encourage us to suit up.

I guess because people feel they can do business on the golf course and in a lunch meeting, why not the spa? Why shouldn’t women and men everywhere be made to feel inappropriate and uncomfortable about their bodies and cover up to make it socially acceptable? Since when did the spa translate into business meetings?

As a business owner, what has happened to me over the last 8 years is a transformation from 85% feminine energy to 50% or less. I have decided to play ball with the men and focus. I own and run a business, I do my own marketing and selling, I hire staff and support to build my foundation and I do it very well. But these are all traits of men. Back in the caveman years, men were the hunters and women were the gatherers. Genetically we are different—yet in today’s world we often act as if we are the same.

I am not supporting the idea that women should stay home and only have babies. But we are genetically built differently and therefore need different things. In the age of the internet, we have also lost touch with visiting each other. How much human contact and interaction has been lost because we can all talk to each other faster and more efficiently over the internet? Again, I love the internet but what has it cost us? Human contact.

In the rat race of getting ahead, women practicing being men more than they practice enhancing their femininity, where finding a suitable mate has become harder and harder- what is out there to support women? The spa.

The spa has been the sanctuary where nothing matters. Relaxation, openness, celebration of the body you were born naked with is what the spa is about.

The first time I saw many women in the spa with bathing suits, the first thing that popped into my mind is the fact that they are ashamed. Ashamed of how they look and what they don’t look like. And by them wearing suits it sent the message that it’s not ok to love yourself the way you are. In order to be naked, you must fit a certain mold of “perfect”.

I thought we should outlaw suits in the spa altogether since it sends a negative vibe to everyone in my opinion.

I work with women everyday who do not love and accept their bodies. I fully support the use of spas regularly for women to get in touch with who they are and to accept themselves just the way they are. Women on the path of wanting change first need to acknowledge what they do have before a permanent change can occur.

Below was my email response to the author who did write back and hoped it may have gotten printed.  I don’t read the paper regularly so if anyone saw it, please let me know!

“Hi Valli

I read your spa article and have to say I am outraged!  This is truly a movement going in the opposite direction of what it is we SAY we want.  Women want to love their bodies, not compare them to supermodels.  I work with hundreds of women of all shapes and sizes and the one thing that is missing from their lives ( and most who struggle with body and self esteem issues) is that they don’t love and accept WHO THEY ARE.

Putting swimsuits on at a spa defeats the whole purpose of the spa!  It’s like taking your Satan worshipping friends to church- THEY DON’T GO.

Where else can women go in a safe, socially acceptable place and JUST BE THEMSELVES?  If you want to put a swimsuit on, go to a public pool.  If you want to have a business meeting, have it at a restaurant or conference room.  If you want a massage, get your massage and leave.  The spa part of the day spa is to relax.  By enhancing the fact that ” you should cover up” sends negative body messages and creates and environment that SUPPORTS ANOREXIA.

Don’t ruin the one place women can be free of judgment and practice loving and accepting themselves as they are in the moment. The US is already screwed up with the views we have of beauty- don’t make it worse.  Keep the spa a spa.  Encourage love not shame.”