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Blog 7: It's not always easy being a fitness Trainer, by Cumbernauld's John Allan

Written by John Allan.
Published at 20:47 GMT on Wednesday 20th March, 2013.
IN HIS latest blog for Cumbernauld Media, Cumbernauld fitness guru John Allan talks about the difficulties – and perks, of being a fitness coach.

“It's all right for you. You're fit and healthy and don't need to worry about your weight." - This is something I hear a lot. Ha, if only that were true.

Being a trainer isn't easy. I look after my clients and neglect myself. I most certainly don't live to train, and at times I really just don't fancy it. I'm being honest here. I am no different to you.

I have made a rod for my back. People expect. Trainers tend to be stereotyped. I'm not a stereotypical trainer. I’m not a cliché. I am more like you than you think.

What would make it easier for me to train and give accountability? 

I would love to train in a group environment, like my Fitcamp Crew; everyone all pulling in the same direction, doing what they are capable of - being accountable to your peers.

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I am a former fat person, which you will know, if you follow my stuff. The fat person is still inside me.

The fat cells I used are still there too, just waiting for me to slip up. You see your body creates more fat cells on demand but when you lose the weight the fat cells are just put on standby. They are always there. I have a constant battle raging on in my head; fat boy versus the Trainer.

I know what I should be doing to get the mind-set right, I know how to drop body fat, and I know the best exercises to do. I know this stuff like the back of my hand and I know it works... it really does work! 

I help and encourage people to push beyond their boundaries and rediscover their health once again. Yet sometimes in my head, Fat boy's voice is heard louder and clearer than the Trainer.

Yes, I fall of the wagon in spectacular fashion. I binge on chocolate, and immediately regret it. I feel rubbish the next day. Headache, blocked nose, no energy and worse of all I crave more chocolate, or sugar to be precise.

I feel trapped between the Fat Boy and Trainer. I have a responsibility to maintain good health for the sake of my clients. If I let Fat Boy take over totally then I become a Fat Trainer. Not a good look. So the pressure is there to keep a lid on it. I lose my way every so often, and yes I could do with a helping hand now and then. Everyone does... someone to steer them back on track.

This is why I understand my clients and that horrible feeling of compulsion to eat for comfort. To elicit those feel good hormones. For that very short spell of time, all is good in the world.

Whatever it is that's stressing you out can be alleviated by food. I get that. 100%. Then it happens all over again. The stress builds, the cravings kick in and BAM, you’re reaching for the comfort food again. It’s a vicious circle.

The real solution is to deal with the cause of the stress- which is getting back to my last blog post. If you missed out on it, you can catch it here

So as you can see, it isn't all toothpaste smiles, tans, and the perfect body. Well it would be if the Trainer had his way, but Fat Boy is always nearby. Maybe a few steps behind, sometimes he catches up and gets out in front.

There is no room for complacency. I think being like this is a benefit to my clients. I haven't always been fit and healthy. I have been on the other side of the tracks, and I flirt with Fat Boy every so often.

The excuses Fat Boy makes as to why I can't train, or the reasons I should buy ice cream and chocolate are pretty strong.

 I reward myself with food, yet I’m pretty sure that I’m not a dog. How can something that will impair health, add to fat stores or make me feel bad be considered as a reward? Doesn't make sense does it?

So having read this, I hope you can see I am not perfect (far from it) I am not a machine, my diet sometimes sucks, and I find it hard from time to time to get focused on my own health.

Does any of that sound familiar? Sometimes I just get fed up with food - plain and simple. Do you ever feel like that?

Stay Healthy, Stay Strong.

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