It does not actually make you work harder.
You may want to argue with me on this one, and that is totally fine.
We are all different and have different opinions. This one is mine.
I have always loved exercise, whether by myself or in a group fitness class.
The main reason I wanted to do what I do today is because I had an experience that made me feel.
I felt lifted up, I felt energised, I felt like I could push through the work and went above and beyond what I thought I was capable of. I knew straight away that this is how I wanted to make other people feel. I knew from then on that this is exactly what I am meant to do. That was one experience.
I have had many more experiences where a trainer or instructor has gotten in my face, yelled at me to ‘work harder’ or ‘jump higher.’ My first thought was, “ Fuck you buddy, I already am working as hard as I can.”
What I realised was that it actually made me pull back from the work. It made me feel small and that what I was doing was not good enough. Even though it was the best I could do at that point in time. I was working really damn hard.
It was from this point onwards that I made the decision to not be that type of trainer/ instructor. As a trainer or instructor you get an amazing opportunity every time you are working with someone to help them get better, physically, mentally and emotionally.
You are giving them an experience to feel uplifted, energised, and like they can do 20x more than they once thought possible, because in all honesty, we all can.