Why A Personal Trainer Can Be Counter Productive - a guest post from Alan Lau, Velocity Fitness

I love reading books.

I love reading books because they take you to a new world of discovery and experience.

I also love reading blog articles from different professionals; dance, art, fitness, cookery, medical, lifestyle... anything and everything.

Alan's posts are one of those that I love reading because he invites you to join in the story.

I was lucky to have a catch up with him last week and he has kindly offered to share a good read with you.

It is important to find a Personal Trainer that educates and motivates, so that you take ownership of your own health. Whether you exercise at the gym or outdoors, or do your own walks and jogs around the park, or you're currently not that in to fitness, this post will help you think about why you want to engage in healthy movement and how. Because being engaged and moving for fun, instead of punishing your body to exercise and "burn the calories" from the chocolate you had last night, is much much MUCH better for your mind and body.


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Why A Personal Trainer Can Be Counter Productive


TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND RELAX. IMAGINE YOURSELF WALKING THROUGH YOUR HIGH SCHOOL GATES, THE CRUNCH OF AUTUMN LEAVES ON THE PATH, THE YELLS AND SHOUTS OF KIDS IN THE PLAYGROUND, CHUG OF THE BUS AS IT PULLS AWAY AND THE SMELL OF DIESEL FUMES IT LEAVES BEHIND.
AS THE SCHOOL BELL RINGS, AND WITH THE PATTER OF FEET KIDS HEAD OFF TO ROLL CALL, YOU CHAT WITH MATES ABOUT THE PREVIOUS NIGHT’S HOMEWORK AND ANY ISSUES WITH IT. FAST FORWARD 30 MINUTES, AND YOU’RE SITTING IN MR JONES’ SCIENCE CLASS.
WELL, YOU THINK ITS SCIENCE. HE DRONES ON AND ON ABOUT SOME CHEMICAL PROPERTY, READING THE BLURB FROM THE TEXTBOOK VERBATIM. SURE, HE MAKES SOME ATTEMPT TO ENGAGE THE STUDENTS, BUT INVARIABLY THEY JUST STARE BACK BLANKLY AT HIM. AS THE BELL MERCIFULLY GOES, HE TELLS THE CLASS TO READ PAGES 40-50 OF THE TEXTBOOK FOR HOMEWORK.
THE NEXT PERIOD IS ECONOMICS WITH MR WILCOX. YOU IMMEDIATELY PERK UP AS YOU WALK THROUGH THE DOOR, AS HE ASKS YOU WHETHER YOU WATCHED LAST NIGHT’S NEWS REPORT ON HOW THE STOCKMARKET FELL 2% DUE TO THE LATEST ECONOMIC NEWS FROM THE US. THIS TRIGGERS DEBATE IN THE CLASS ABOUT WHY AUSTRALIA IS SO ECONOMICALLY LINKED TO THE US. IDEAS ARE TAKEN FROM THE CLASS AND DISTILLED BY MR WILCOX SO THAT WE ALL REACH AN UNDERSTANDING. HOMEWORK THAT NIGHT ISN’T READING FROM A TEXTBOOK, BUT INSTEAD WE ARE TASKED WITH FINDING AN ARTICLE OUTSIDE OF THE MAJOR NEWSPAPERS ABOUT THE CHALLENGES THE US ECONOMY IS FACING.
WE’VE ALL HAD THESE TYPES OF TEACHERS – THOSE THAT TELL STUDENTS WHAT TO DO AND HOW TO DO IT, AND THOSE THAT EXPLAIN AND ENGAGE STUDENTS IN THE TOPIC AND MAKE THEM TAKE OWNERSHIP. IT’S THE SAME WITH PERSONAL TRAINERS.
Keep reading the article here.

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Alan runs personal training sessions in Hyde Park, Wentworth Park, and Ultimo.
He's also starting corporate group training sessions that can be run in your office!
Feel free to contact Alan here for more info.

Happy moving :)

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