The Process Is Served…

I eat out frequently. When I select a restaurant, I almost always do so with the belief that I’m going to get a quality meal, made from quality ingredients, and served to me by gracious people.

I have trust in that restaurant.

Never, and I mean NEVER, do I go back into the kitchen after I have placed my order, and watch every detail of how my meal is prepared and plated. Nor do I go into the kitchen and take inventory of all the people who touch the dishes, the utensils, and the ingredients which will form my meal.

True, they might be doing a horrible job preparing my meal, it might get screwed up, and there may be great arguments and conflict between those preparing my meal about how to assemble it.  However, there’s a system in place to ensure  that my meal arrives to me in a way that is consistent with me ordering it.  I don’t want to know what nonsense took place between those who prepared it.

I simply sit at my table with an absolute faith that, despite all that can go wrong in the preparation of my meal, that it’s going to come out to me on time, and it’s going to possess the quality I expect.

And it almost always does…

And while I’m waiting for my meal, I’m not  wasting a moment thinking about the preparation of it. I don’t sit at the table, stressed out, worrying – – hoping that everything is going to be okay, and that all involved are doing their job. I don’t await my meal with doubt, anticipate it with fear, and I don’t dissect the process in my head — mulling over all that might possibly go wrong in its preparation. I just enjoy a good conversation with a friend, or a little downtime on my own, but anticipating my meal is never something I pull my hair out over.

And as odd as this sounds, I feel that way about the political process in America. I don’t feel I need to watch every detail of how it is prepared. Nor do I take an active inventory of all the hands that are touching it all day long. I simply await the process, with an absolute faith that the end result is going to be satisfying.

I’m guessing that at least some, if not a majority of people who just read that, think I’m a fool. Perhaps, but I have trust in the process, and faith in the system. Though I have gotten a bad meal from my government on occasion, more often than not I approve, and rarely am I disappointed with the justice it serves.

Besides, I have many things and much to do, all day long, which require my attention, if not my stress and my worries. Life is short, or so I’m told. Today I will let the cooks of justice do their job, as I expect the people who come to me for my cooking, will trust me to do my job — without them digging into the details  of how I make it happen … Jhciacb

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Lemmings, Fitness Trainers, Bosses And Me…

It’s like gym class, only it pays…

A disproportionately large number of fitness trainers choose their profession because, from the perspective of a fitness enthusiast, it appears to be a fun job that looks easier and more rewarding than a typical office job.  To a young and active person, I can see why fitness training might appear to be a great career path.  Helping people change their lives has got to be better than moving papers from pile A to pile B, while all the while a boss is staring over one’s shoulder.

Douchesaurus Rex...

The boss, aka, Douchesaurus Rex…

I have often said that I feel like I’m on summer vacation year round.  I make my living in shorts and bare feet, my commute involves stepping over my dog as I carry my coffee into my studio, and I’m never far from what I love most in life; my pretty little weights.  I have a good gig and I try hard never to forget that.  Because I have always lived for the gym, I have built my life so that I now live in the gym – literally.

Shining Light On The Career Path…

I may refer to myself as self-employed, but I actually have 26 bosses – 26 people who trust me with their time and their money, and who have the expectation that they receive equal value from those investments.  I work very hard every day to try to give them value in my product.  My product is not my equipment, my knowledge, nor my planned workouts.  My product is the sum of all of those things, communicated well.

The reality is fitness training takes a great deal of work.  It’s a job like any other job, and a business like any other business.  Days can often be long.  Some sessions will go better than others.   At the end of the workweek it always feels good to be done.  At the end of the weekend though, it always feels good to get back to work – for me anyway.

That said, there are a lot of lemming fitness trainers out there – mindless and bored, and going through the motions as so many office lemmings also go through the motions of their jobs; moving papers about their cubicles, avoiding their bosses, sending and returning emails, and doing scarcely enough to keep a paycheck coming.

"And to think, I could be holding a clipboard and counting to 10..."

“And to think, I could be holding a clipboard and counting to 10…”

What to seek from a fitness trainer…

Most people I speak with in search of a fitness trainer look primarily for knowledge and education.  Clearly these are important components of a trainer’s skill-set.  I often think though, they are overemphasized.  Knowledge and education are only part of what is needed to be a quality fitness trainer.  Being a good trainer requires impeccable speaking and listening skills.

One can possess all the knowledge in the world, but if he can’t communicate that knowledge effectively, it will go unused.   Conversely, a strong communicator can thoroughly teach the fundamentals of exercise, which in many cases, is all a trainee will require.  Basic fitness skills, taught completely, can go a long way in helping someone take ownership of their body.

Would-be trainers take not:  To succeed, you'll need a whole bunch of these...

Would-be trainers take note: To succeed, you’ll need a whole bunch of these…

A trainer who possesses good listening skills will have a much better understanding of the trainee’s needs, limitations, mindset, and personal values.  Of all the qualities a good trainer must possess, in my opinion, being a good listener should be near or at the tip of the list.  With that, the trainer should seek most of all, to understand the trainee’s personal values, and gradually influence those values to include more mindful decisions with regard to personal wellness.

How he wrangles…

The number one priority a fitness trainer should have is to establish the threshold and capacity of his trainee in all aspects of fitness including; balance, strength, endurance, and flexibility as immediately as possible.  Only after these are established, can a trainer engage in his second priority; to slowly, and in small increments, increase those thresholds, while promoting safe but challenging exercise.

Cultivate.  Another primary responsibility of the trainer is to cultivate progress, not to force it.  Cultivating an increased fitness level is a process which requires planning, patience, consistency, and teamwork.  There’s no “I” in teamwork, but there’s meat work if you rearrange the letters.  To get the meat to work, both trainer and trainee must be on the same page and committed.

It requires teamwork for this meat to work...

It requires teamwork for this meat to work…

A few things to keep in mind when selecting a fitness trainer…

If the trainer is still wearing his diamond encrusted high school football number on a sliver chain around his neck, be leery of him. He is his first priority.

Uhm...., most every male trainer I have ever met...

Uhm…., most every male trainer I have ever met…

If on meeting a trainer, there is a cell phone in one of his hands, and a protein drink in the other, he may not be your guy.

If the trainer looks like he needs a trainer more than you do, run!

Sincerely, there is much to consider when selecting a trainer, far beyond the size of his arms, the shape of her ass, or the number of “certifications” they might hold.

What I encourage everyone to do who might be in search a fitness trainer is to remember first and foremost, you are going to be that trainer’s boss!  He or she will be your employee.  Don’t just look for a trainer, interview many.  Interview them as you would interview any potential employee in the workplace, always with the perspective that you won’t want to interview a replacement anytime soon.  Interview well…  rc

Have you seen my stapler...?

“Have you seen my stapler…?”  Having Milton in the office is harmless.  Having him as your trainer…