Archive for January, 2014

Are you nervous about hiring a trainer? If so, this is a must read!

Thursday, January 16th, 2014



By: Jon Kahney

A few years ago, I was contacted by a coworker of a friend of mine, whom had recommended me to her for personal training.  I read in amazement at what she had e-mailed me and wondered what types of things my friend had been telling her about me. 

The first paragraph told me that she had previously worked with a trainer, had been on her own for a while, and wasn’t continuing to see results. 


The next four paragraphs and remainder of the e-mail explained to me that she doesn’t like to be yelled at, can’t be motivated by yelling, and will shut down mentally if yelled at.  As I read through the e-mail, I couldn’t help but laugh at what her impressions of personal training were and how they were anything but what I was like.  After all I work with kids, yelling never motivates them either. 


I realize that there are a lot of stereotypes about personal trainers and the personal training experience.  It doesn’t help that most people’s idea about personal training comes from Jillian Michaels or somehow that all personal trainers are “Johnny Sixpack” who can’t stop looking at himself in the mirror.


She told me that when she initially started training she was 30-40 lbs. overweight, had a cancer scare, and was having trouble getting up and down the stairs.  When she began training, she felt embarrassed at her abilities, and could hardly finish workouts.  Currently she has dropped the weight, getting several compliments about how she looks, doing progressively harder challenges, and more importantly, moving and feeling her very best.


Another client told me that she was initially hesitant to hire me as a trainer because she thought I would be a drill sergeant, constantly yelling at her and making her feel bad about herself.  She didn’t think that someone who has to be in shape for a living could empathize with someone who finds it difficult to get into or stay in shape. 


After training for several months she now says, “I am very happy to be working with a personal trainer!  I feel myself getting fitter and stronger.  The best thing about it is that the workout is tailored to my current level of ability, so I feel successful, which motivates me to continue to train and improve.”


Yelling just doesn’t work.  What does work in intrinsic motivation, motivation that comes from within you to get better and reach your goals.  As a professional trainer, it is my job to create a program for you that establishes a base level of fitness.  Once that has been established, it is my job to help you through challenges that will be hard but that I know you can accomplish, based on your level of fitness and intrinsic motivation.  Your job is to accept the challenge and do your very best.  Together, as a team, we never stop trying to get you to look, move, and feel your very best.


There are many assets we have at Chicago Family Fit to help you with your fitness goals.  It is a private, appointment only facility; you will be working alone or with one or two others who know exactly what you are going through because they have walked in your shoes at one time.  Also the Chicago Family Fit staff prides itself on being the best trainers in the area.  With two decades of combined experience, we have worked with clients from all walks of life and abilities.  We can help you if you choose to help yourself.  Come give us a try.  We promise we won’t yell at you.