- It's Hump day.
- I leave for Minneapolis, MN tomorrow!
- I have so much to tell you it's unreal.
I know I must recap you on both the retreat and the juice cleanse gone wrong, but first it is really important that I speak from the heart for a moment...
Today I had my final session with one of my clients of 3 years. She is packing up her Boston life and moving with her husband and stinkin' cute puppy, Banner. Elizabeth was one of my first clients after becoming a trainer, so she really has seen me evolve into who I am today. Sappy, I know, but true :)
As a trainer, your relationship with your client is an interesting one. Much like a real relationship, you must begin by gaining rapport with this individual. In all reality, they are letting you into a part of their lives. A part for most people is confusing, frustrating and sometimes painful.
After rapport is the constant dedication to each other. You are a team. A strong bond striving for preset goals and benchmarks. If I don't program properly, you can get hurt. If you don't show up, you don't get the results you want. Plain and simple.
To say Elizabeth was determined is a huge understatement. I took this southern chica and made her do stadium stair runs in the snow. We didn't cancel cause it was "cold" nor did we flinch at the slight of freezing rain. Did I mention we trained outside in Boston for 12 months straight?
I bundled up and she kicked ass.
Let's not pretend everything was sunshine and roses. Just like real relationships, trainer/client teams take work. There would be frustration and anger, setbacks and successes. This is all part of it. You must learn to work together; never quit each other.
She has made such substantial gains throughout these past three years, I couldn't be more proud.
As we left each other today after our "last chance workout", I couldn't help but feel like I was breaking up with a boyfriend. Someone I knew had to exit my life for reasons I couldn't control. We exchanged cards, which I correctly waited to open once I was home.
In more ways than one Elizabeth has impacted my life. I am so thankful that I get to work with clients like her. She not only makes me more passionate about my chosen career, but she solidifies that I am in the correct line of work.
Thank you, E. Looking forward to putting you through a workout again soon :)
PS- The fact we have ZERO pictures together is unacceptable. Maybe post burpee is the wrong time to take a quick snap shot :)