I’ve been working with personal trainers off and on for about 13 years now. Honestly speaking, sometimes I need them, sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I’m so motivated and so driven that no one but me can even handle the desire for challenge that comes along with it. And then there’s times in my life like now where I’m just too lazy to come up with a workout that will challenge me and leave me sore for 3 weeks.
I’ve been paired up with my choice of trainer for the 60 day challenge I’m on. I had previously trained with him and knew that he would be the perfect fit to help me achieve my goals.
How did I know this? Because I follow my own awesome advice!
3 Real-Life Tips to Finding Your Personal Trainer
1. Know What Motivates You
It’s not the same for all of us and it’s not always simple. I’m results driven. Once I see that something is working, I’m 100% committed and that’s all I need. My trainer Cedric is also results driven so he pushes me so that we both see the results that drive us. Ask yourself what makes you continue to show up to the gym. Or what is driving you to get healthy. What is your “Why?” Your trainer should be able to compliment this.
2. Know What DOESN’T Motivate You
There’s nothing worse than being pushed towards a goal in a way that pisses you off. I had a trainer that did a lot of talking about looking great for the opposite sex–as if I wasn’t already attractive. This did nothing but piss me off and make me not want to show up for appointments. Then I also had a trainer that hit on me when I was married (the first time). It was so sleazy and disgusting and not motivating to me. What is your anti-“Why”? Make sure your trainer doesn’t do this and respects the boundaries.
3. Personality Style
I’m a clown and I like to laugh a lot. I crack jokes and do so when I’m in high stress situations–like working out. Cedric is also playful and we’re able to joke together as he pushes me. While we do joke, he’s also serious when I need him to be so that I stay on task. He’s hard on me when necessary (all of the time basically) and congratulates me minimally which honestly works for me. Because of my personality type, I aim to please so when he’s happy with something that I’ve done, it pushes me to continue–even if it leaves me without the use of my upper body for half a week. And no, I did not die. While you don’t have to be BFF’s with your trainer, you should have an easy relationship. One where you feel as though they’re invested in your goals and here to see you succeed–not like you’re just another client.
An Introduction to My Trainer, Cedric Hatchett aka Ceddy Da Supertrainer
And yes, he really goes by his alias ha!
Cedric has been in the business of training people for 16 years. He hails from Chi-town originally and is no stranger to hard work and setbacks. He’s currently recovering from a surgery in his knee that hasn’t stopped him from becoming stronger. This is one of my main reasons for choosing Ceddy as my trainer. I’m ALWAYS injured and need someone who understands this like him.
Life Time normally has 90 day challenges and in the past 2 challenges, the people that he’s coached through the programs have all had top spots in the gym. This is really something to be proud of. Check out these credentials:
*Certified Personal Trainer (National Council for Strength and Fitness) NCSF.
*Certified Personal Trainer (National Academy for Sports Medicine) NASM currently enrolled.
*PTA Global Bridging Course Certified
*Certified Personal Trainer (National Academy for Health and Fitness) NAHF
* Additional certifications granted for: Cardiovascular Trainer, Medical Exer- Therapist.
*Continuing education certs: Special Populations, Weight Loss Specialist
Fitness for Women and Advanced Nutrition
*Power Plate Certified
*C.P.R., First-aid, AED certified (American Red Cross)
His motto? “I’M NOT THE TRAINER YOU WANT, I’ AM THE TRAINER YOU NEED!” And I couldn’t agree with this more. If you’re in the GA area, you need to train with him.
What do you look for in a trainer?
60-Day Challenge Update
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The Good… The Bad… The Ugly…
The Good: I’m dropping weight and it’s all fat!! I’m down 4lbs and have knocked 4% off my BMI soooo that means that the sweating I’m doing REALLY IS fat crying!!!
The Bad: This week I don’t really have bad. I’ve been eating more and it’s been paying off positively.
The Ugly: With July 4th around the corner BBQ’s and booze are on the horizon but I need to keep myself in check. I have 4 more weeks to get my goals together and NOTHING is going to stop me.