I have a little secret to tell everyone. Today I accidentally eavesdropped on a conversation at the gym. By accidentally I mean I overheard two people talking about me. I was sitting in the fitness assessment office creating a program progression for a client, with the door closed, but their conversation was loud enough for me to hear.
It was interesting to listen to them talk about my teaching style, what they thought of me as a fitness professional and generally just their superficial impression of me. I actually thought it was funny because it was so very different from how I view myself as a fitness professional or person.
Thankfully the conversation was supportive of my teaching and not the other way around. It made me realize that I was doing my job as a fit pro and some people were motivated to come back for more. I am happy to say that listening in on somebody else’s conversation just made my day
Trust me, I’ve had my share of the negative comments and from time to time still get people who don’t appreciate my style. Although it stings just a little to hear people complain about you I do listen wholeheartedly to what they say and either try to accommodate them or just let them rant. You can’t please them all!
In either case you can be guaranteed that I will take what you say to heart, try to support it in any way I can or figure out a way to make it work. I care about what people think of me as a fitness professional and hope that everyone knows I am passionate, opinionated, educated and know what you need to do to get the job done.
Now if I could only figure out how to get everyone to actually LISTEN to my advice.
In the words of Dr. Frasier Crane:
PS- I listened to what people wanted for classes. Check them out at http://www.fitnessgatherings.com/bootcamp.htm