30. May 2013 by swissfitchick
Hi everyone! It’s Thursday, my last day of work for this week and only 8 sleeps until my take off to NYC! So exciting!
Today I would like to address a subject, that I am asked a lot by people when talking about my recovery, and about my training and fitness routines.
Through many phases in the last few years, I hired a personal trainer. I am working with one currently too, and I absolutely love it. Personal Training is not very popular here in Switzerland yet, though it becomes more and more common. To have a personal trainer ‘means’, that you have a lot of money and it is a luxury good. When I tell people, that I work with a personal trainer, the reactions mostly are:’ Oh wow! Do you need that? Can you afford that? Pretty vain!’
Well, the reasons why somebody works with a personal trainer are all individual. Some hire one because they have medical reasons, some need one to stay motivated, some hire one just for a few weeks to get into a fitness routine. For me, my personal trainer was always a GREAT support besides my psychologist. In therapy, I talked about my emotions, about my anxieties, where they are coming from and how to handle them. My trainer taught me how to get back to normal eating and training. I did not eat normal and most of the time I overexercised and without a structure, without a direction, just as much Cardio as possible.
It was in 2007, when I came back from my trip to the Philippines and my binge-purge-habit started to come back. I didn’t want it to settle in, so I immediately contacted – in my opinion – the BEST personal trainer in my town, Markus Latscha.
From all my binges, I weighed over 60 kilos at that time, my self-confidence was at the lowest, I starved and then binged again and had no idea where to start to escape that vicious cycle. So I started to work with Markus. We had weekly appointments, he explained very patiently (it needed a lot of patience with me, believe me) how I can get back to balance with food and workouts. I broke down my workouts to half, yet they were double intense. I learned to eat regularly without skipping meals but also without stuffing myself. I got suggestions for healthy food and foodcombos that would make me feel good and satisfied. And the great thing was – he didn’t write up any fancy meal plans, complicated workouts or tons of advices – everything was PLAIN and SIMPLE. Easy to remember. Short and clear facts. Clean, plain and simple foods, fun, short and effective workouts. DOABLE.
Markus watched my amount of exercising, as well as my food journals to make sure I eat right and don’t over exercise. Our appointments consisted of a talk about how my week went and a killing (read: KILLING) workout. When I relapsed or had a slip, I could turn to him and learn, that one binge or one slip isn’t the end of the world. He taught me all about meditation and how I can change and train my mind and thoughts to overcome any crisis. I loved every moment of our work together. By incorporating this balance in my life, I dropped the kilos down to a healthy weight and I did maintain it until today with a variability of 2-3 kilos up and down (which I consider as pretty normal). I felt so much better about myself, my self confidence came back and with it my happiness.
After almost four years of talks and training, I had to start and try to take action on my own or/and take the chance to work with different trainers.
Today, I work with Courtney as my nutrition and mental coach to stay balanced and to watch my emotional eating issues. This helps me a lot to understand, why I have anxieties, why I struggle with slips, emotions and body image. I learn how to use mental and spiritual strategies and tricks (meditation, affirmations) to stay centered and I am finding out, what ‘diet’ works for ME, what workout routine feels best for me and how I can live a happy and healthy life in MY way. I am doing progress every day in my recovery and in reaching my goal to lean out, and especially, how to live on my own without coaching. Working with Courtney is simply AMAZING. Additional to that, I work with Daniel as my personal fitness coach, to structure my workout weeks, to observe the ratio of exercise and rest days and to train in the most effective way. I absolutely love it, it makes my workouts FUN and since working with him, I did a lot of progress in my strength, tone and condition and I have a much more relaxed attitude towards exercising.
This all does not mean, that I am stable and a ‘perfect eater’ everyday. I have my down days, I do starve or overeat here and there, I have days when I go crazy with workouts. But I know much better how to handle these situations and most importantly, I train the habits which work for ME in order to be able to live on my own in the future without support.
I also love to try out Personal Training when I am away from home! Check out this list of brilliant and professional people:
My absolute favorite personal trainer in Germany is Tim!!
There is a great Personal Training Company in Australia
Courtney is running her Star&Shine Business in Los Angeles
Danielle is an excellent nutritionist based in Boston.
I am trying out the Brooklyn Bridge Bootcamp in NYC
My current coach, Daniel is also teaching Open Gym in Basel
Did you ever spend money for a personal trainer or a nutrition coach? For me, all the money I spent was TOTALLY worth it since I ALWAYS worked with brilliant people.
If you ARE a personal trainer or nutrition coach, what was your most formative experience?
I hope you liked this post and I wish you all an amazing day!!