I want to start my webinar sharing a little bit about my experiences as a female personal trainer. Navigating the industry when you don’t have the ideal personal trainer’s body had its challenges. Talking about my unhealthy relationship with food and how I have dieted and restricted for most of my life. Then, after forty, realizing that I wanted to be happy and feel energized and healthy, and that didn’t necessarily mean having a size 0 body. I know I’m not alone.
It’s important that we talk about this in our industry. Both fitness and medical. People come in all shapes and sizes. The horrifying information that we pass on to our clients so they believe that if they aren’t on a strict diet and exercise program, they aren’t “Healthy”. The danger of yo-yo dieting is harder on the body than carrying ten extra pounds. Dieting for people like myself isn’t the cure, it’s the problem. I’d like to open the conversation that healthy doesn’t have to look the same on everyone, it can also look like me and so many others.
Accepting that we are all different and the same diet and exercise plan isn’t going to work for everyone. What’s wrong with taking an individual approach. Taking time to talk to your clients current and future about what they want and what are they willing to do to get there? Giving people their power back can be just what they need to get moving, eat without guilt and shame, and have long term results. Let’s teach our clients that consistency is the key and eating a big Thanksgiving dinner once a year isn’t going to make them fat. It is ok to eat food. Let’s be honest with our clients – restrictive dieting only causes more bingeing, excessive exercise or workouts that are too hard and can lead to stopping movement altogether and cause injuries.
I am hopeful that the takeaway from my webinar is one of kindness and support. Its ok if you believe differently than I do, I would invite my attendees to be open to really hearing what their clients are saying. Telling your trainer, I don’t want to run doesn’t mean they are lazy. Telling your doctor, I’d like more options than just going on a restrictive diet. Educate your people that movement, food and rest are the key in most cases.
- Learn how to talk to clients on how to love their bodies and that bodies can be healthy at any size.
- Learn how to work with clients who don’t want a diet/meal plan, who has a bigger body and just wants to move to feel good and eat to be fueled.
- Learn how to work as a team with medical professionals, dietitians or nutritionists and the client to create a clear path to positive nutritional changes.
Speaker: Rachel Lavin – Author, CPT, Health Coach
Rachel Lavin is a published author of The Doughnut Diaries, Certified Personal Trainer and a Certified Health Coach. Rachel has been teaching group fitness classes since 2000. She has taught dance classes, Aqua aerobics, stretch classes, Jazzercise and corporate Bootcamps until 2010. In 2006, Rachel graduated from Portland Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Applied Sciences and became an ACE Certified Personal Trainer. Currently, Rachel has been specializing in one-on-one Personal Training. Rachel creates a special bond with all of her clients. It is important for her to be their teammate as well as their cheerleader while teaching proper exercise technique. Rachel has been recovering from restrictive diets and binge eating and really wanted to share her story with the hope that she could reach as many people as possible who have had similar experiences. She wants to be an ally for the people all over the world with the hope that we can win this fight on how we see our bodies and to love our bodies unconditionally. Rachel believes that we are all in this together and no one is alone.