As a fitness professional I am immersed in constant conversations about workouts, training styles, and nutrition. Recently, I stumbled upon the question “does a personal trainer need to have a six pack?” If I’m being completely honest with you (which I strive to do!), it took all of me not to roll my eyes at this question. That being said, you probably know where I’m going with this.
No, I don’t believe that a personal trainer needs to have a six pack. I believe that a personal trainer should be fit, but more importantly they should practice what they preach. If you, as a fitness professional, are telling your client that they have to eat 100% clean (think lean meats, rice, and broccoli) 24/7, yet you head to the local donut shop at the end of your day, you’re not really practicing what you preach.
What I preach to my clients is that you can enjoy indulgent foods IN MODERATION and still see results – key word being moderation. Unless I’m preparing for an event or have specific fitness goals that I’m trying to achieve, I live my life in an 80/20 mindset.
80% of the time I fuel my body with clean, unprocessed, whole foods, and
20% of the time I loosen up the reigns and have something less healthy;
And I follow this mindset every single day. I don’t eat 80% clean throughout the week and save the weekends for my 20% (what some people call cheat meals). I eat 80% clean and 20% less clean every day and it’s been working really well for me. I feel so much less restricted, plus it’s totally changed my relationship with food! I’m no longer the person who feels that they can’t go out with friends or head to a local food festival for fear that there won’t be anything (healthy) for me to eat.
I may never have a six pack and I’m totally ok with that! I believe there is more to life than being super lean and looking ripped all the time, plus it’s not the most realistic goal one could have. The reality for most of us is we will never have the six pack that so many people associate with fitness, being healthy, and being in shape, not because we don’t work hard in an attempt to achieve it, but because our body composition and makeup don’t allow us to (the word genetics comes to mind).
So if you’ve been thinking about a career in the fitness industry, or you’re struggling with your own fitness and feel that the only way you’ll be happy is if you have a six pack, please reach out to me – I’d love to chat more on this topic and help you realize that you don’t need a six pack to be happy, healthy, or successful.