I have had three personal trainers in the past five years – all young, all men and all so lean you would use a vat of olive oil should you ever need to fry them.
I’ve liked them all, and I’ve learnt different things from each.
But as I nurse a running injury I’m thinking about what I need in order to be able to run without doing as much harm as I do good.
That’s got me onto imagining what I really want my personal trainer to be.
My ideal personal trainer would be someone who:
- Speaks the language of sleep and rest as eloquently as he talks of exertion
- Understands that a woman’s strength waxes and wanes with the moon
- Is as skilled in the fine art of listening to the body as he is in pushing it
- Appreciates that a body in winter has different needs from a body in summer
- Grasps that time spent exercising is time that would otherwise be spent earning money or being with the family and so needs to be kept in balance
- Knows nothing in nature goes on getting fitter and stronger…but goes in cycles of fattening and leaning, of working and resting, of hurting and healing.