By Nooralhuda Dajani
As a personal trainer I help my clients explore their vision regarding their health and fitness and come up with the right mission that works best with their lifestyle and level. I asked her “why are you here?”. She knew her answer right away. Her goal was specific and straightforward. Unlike so many other people who don’t have a clear vision of why they need a personal trainer. She answered “I am adopting a 4 years old child from China who can’t walk. I want to get stronger to be able to take care of him”. At that moment my eyes filled with tears and my voice changed. I was moved and impressed by this strong woman. It’s not that she can’t have her own biological children. She actually has four children 8, 6, 4, and 2 years old. It is her sense of responsibility and compassion towards this child and her dedication and determination to be the cozy home, the solid stone and the bright path for him that made me so emotional.
This story is a proof and a lesson. It proves that being physically active and working out is not always about body image. It is about one’s purpose and role in life. How to be better at it and to keep doing it. This lady sought to be physically strong in order to be a better mother. You may seek to increase your stamina to be energized and face life’s demands, or take your physical and mental strength to another level boosting your confidence, or be disease and injury free to live a better quality life or relieve some stress to lead a positive and more fulfilling life. Not to mention to wanting a good looking body as well. Just like Lindsey who at the end of our conversation – drawing a smile on my face- said “And I want to get rid of my belly fat as people still think I am pregnant while I am not”. After going through this experience I learned that a good trainer looks for the emotional reasons behind goals in order to adopt them for motivation and encouragement. Furthermore I found how effective emotionally driven goals can be when used in workout clarification, cues and assessment.
There’s no doubt that each and every one of us wants to embrace some if not all of these gains and benefits. Good news, most of the gains of working out come together as a package. I dare say it’s a deal you don’t want to miss. A couple of months after Lindsey started her workout plan, she got stronger, dropped a couple of sizes and what matters most is that she felt accomplished and confident. This inspired her to set more challenging goals that she believed she could achieve. At our last meeting she gave me a thank you card with her new child’s picture. Lindsey’s story added a humane touch to my journey. It will in turn inspire me to set new milestones to grow and develop my own career.
About the Author: USAW L1 coach, ISSA Personal trainer and a CFES, TRX, BOSU, Spinning, Kettle bell, Circuit and Boot Camp Group Fitness Instructor. Born and raised in Jordan but currently residing in Ohio, USA. Graduated from the University of Jordan with a BSc in Computer Science in 2009. 2 years later realized that she can no longer stay away from her passion in sports and fitness and started her journey. In 2013 she was one of 17 women chosen from around the world to participate in the U.S. Department of State and espnW Global Sports Mentoring Program.