I'l admit to feeling rather conflicted over this past year- but here is my own fitness philosophy
I adore my job as a PT and working only with women is a choice I am very proud and happy to have made. I am enormously vocal about my hatred of diet culture, and I am so pleased that anti diet culture feeling is gathering momentum daily. I firmly believe that fitness and health are for life, and whilst new habits of course start as a journey, my hope is that the destination is simply that fitness becomes part of a weekly routine.
I can’t really cope with macro counting- it is not really something I advocate, and not how I like to work with my clients. For me, and for many of my clients, macro counting is far too restrictive, time consuming and feels very much like going on a “diet” (umm probs because it is) Essentially- no one wants to be plugging date into My Fitness Pal at 67 years old, and my job (whilst sticking firmly within my qualified remit) is to encourage people to develop a sustainable lifestyle that means they are able to enjoy a healthy social life without worrying they are going to ruin their “diet”.
That said- a huge part of my job is keeping my own fitness levels up so that I can teach my spin classes well, and to help with that yep, I do eat “well” most of the time. By “well” I mean nutrient dense food that keeps me satiated, because personally I find eating this way helps me perform better- in my own training and when I’m teaching. What I find frustrating is various fitpsos seemingly only ever eating burgers, ice cream etc- delicious but…I can promise you- they are NOT eating like that all the time. This frustrates me as if someone is wanting to work toward fat loss- seeing this kind thing can make people feel like they are “failing” which is simply not the case.
My other great passion is body confidence. I am pretty much evangelical about women and men understanding and more importantly believing their self-worth. I want each of my PT clients and cycle participants to leave feeling good- to me this encompasses them feeling like they achieved something, they furthered their fitness in some way, and they want to come back and do it again. My hope is that this builds their confidence, which they can then transfer into all elements of their daily life.
But where do I stand on weight/fat loss? My job as a PT inevitably means that I have daily conversations with new, existing and prospective clients about fat loss. (important: I tend tonisdnfat loss rather than weight loss- weight loss can literally mean going to the loo!) My thoughts are thus: if someone wants to lose weight, firstly that is FINE and THEIR CHOICE, and secondly it is my job to help them in safe, sustainable, lasting way. They are ultimately paying me and trusting me to help them achieve that goal, and I will always be willing to advise and work towards this if this is what my client request.
So where does this (much longer than planned) ramble leave me? In a nutshell- my job is to increase a client’s fitness level, increase body confidence, support, encourage, motivate and counsel. Fat loss is an inevitable part of a PT’s job- and one I am always happy to assist with, because, at the end of the day- our bodies are no-one else’s business but our own.