Lessons From My Trainer

November 11, 2015 | 1939 Views

Lessons From My Trainer

Patrick Yearout, FMP, CHT

Director of Innovation, Recruiting, and Training | Ivar's & Kidd Valley Restaurants

If you were to ask me if I enjoy exercising, my answer would be a definite “no.”  I don’t hate it as much as the taste of broccoli or when I’m forced to listen to someone chew gum with their mouth open, but I’m really not much of a fan of the gym.

I do know there are benefits to getting regular exercise, of course, many of which are very important for me as I get farther away from 40 and closer to 50: more energy, flexibility, weight control, better sleep, blah, blah, blah.  And since I actually need these benefits to stay healthy but cannot be trusted to work out on my own, I hired a personal trainer to help me.  His name is Jeff, and he owns a business called Northcore Performance Training near my home.  I visit him twice a week, and if it weren’t for those paid appointments, I would skip the gym entirely and remain firmly on my couch with a Snickers in one hand and the remote control in the other.

But here’s the thing about Jeff: he’s not only a great for making sure I exercise properly, but he’s also a great role model for my job as a hospitality trainer.  Every time I visit his gym, I am constantly reminded about practices that I need to follow when it comes to trainees back at our Ivar’s locations.  Let me give you a few examples:

OK, so after reading what I just wrote, maybe I don’t dislike exercise as much as I used to.  I’m lucky to have found a trainer like Jeff who doesn’t just want me to succeed at today’s workout, but wants me to succeed in the long-haul and reach any and all fitness goals I can dream up.  And if I can provide that same level of support for the new employees at Ivar’s – if I can help them not only get through today’s shift but also have a long, successful career in our company – well, that’s when I know I’ve really done my job well.

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