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360fit Blog – Is Your Trainer Burned Out?

Posted on March 30, 2016

There is a lot of turn over in the fitness industry. Many people want to be trainers, go get certified, start strong and then burn out. Suddenly they are doing a different job, unhappy with their experience in fitness.

Why is turn over so high in fitness?

It’s actually fairly simple and boils down to three main things.

  1. Trainers need to make fitness fun, and you need to be upbeat all the time. You can’t have a bad day. You can’t sulk in your office for the day. You are on display all day long.
  2. Trainers work when other people don’t work. That means they tend to work early mornings and at night. That’s when most people are off work and can see you. This means you have time off during the day, but also means split shifts.
  3. You give a lot of energy to clients all day long. Clients need support, encouragement and constant positive comments. You need to give energy all day long with no holding back.

These might sound like hard things to do and no fun, but actually they are good things! The one thing I can tell you is no matter how bad a mood you are in, if you act positive and happy for 15 minutes you will feel way better, so having to act happy for clients makes you feel happy!

Working when other people don’t means often trainers get the afternoons off which in my mind is awesome. Its great when you have a beautiful summer day and you have a few hours to enjoy it. 🙂

Last, if when you give energy to people, they return it. They get excited  and are excited to work with you. In other words giving energy, means you get more energy back. I can tell you I hardly ever feel tired at work because clients fuel my energy as I fuel theirs!

While being a personal trainer might not be for everyone, it is an amazing job and a lot of fun. Your trainer should be enjoying it and love what they do for a living! If they don’t try another trainer.

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Devin Sherrington was named #2 trainer in Canada 2015, is 8 time Best Personal Fitness Trainer Halifax award winner, and owner the award winning fitness studio 360fit in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He lives in Fletcher’s Lake with his girlfriend Lauren and children Reign and Journey.

360fit – I’m Not Scary

Posted on March 23, 2016

 

A new client recently brought her eight year  son in with her during her training session. She told me before they came she had showed him pictures of 360fit and the staff on Facebook. When he saw me he said, “Mom, is he strict?”

People often think that because I’m a personal trainer, have a bald head and tattoos, I’m going to be like one of the many trainers they see on TV. You know the ones who are yelling at their clients, making them cry, belittling them, breaking them down then building them back up like the army does.

Nothing could be further from the truth at 360fit!

I have always believed in building people up and that encouraging people with positive interaction is the way to go. I literally have never yelled at a client in my life!

I feel our jobs at 360fit is to encourage and make the most supportive environment we possibly can for everyone who walks through our doors. We are always excited to see our clients, we rejoice in their successes and we support them through the hard times in their lives.

Not everyone who comes to us has a positive and supportive family and friendship base sadly. We work hard at being their cheering squad. That’s why we are a fitfam! We are there for our clients and they are they for each other.

So am I strict? Not a chance! I spend literally all day joking around and making fitness fun for our clients. All of us at 360fit love what we do and love having fun at work. Hey if it wasn’t fun it would seem like a job! 🙂

Come try a free week at 360fit or a free personal training session. I promise you you’ve never been in another gym like ours!

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Devin Sherrington was named #2 trainer in Canada 2015, is 8 time Best Personal Fitness Trainer Halifax award winner, and owner the award winning fitness studio 360fit in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He lives in Fletcher’s Lake with his girlfriend Lauren and children Reign and Journey.

360fit Blog – Free Fitness?

Posted on March 16, 2016

 

Quite often I hear my job is silly, nonsense, and not worth the money.
I’ve had friends post on social media about how stupid it is to pay for fitness, and how it all should be free. My own brother often says I don’t see why people would pay to get in shape!

I used to be insulted. I used to say in my head, “OK you do your job for free and see how you like it.” Now I just find it amusing.

The bottom line for anything is that you get what you paid for. If you are happy getting workout info online from someone who may not know any more than you do, that’s totally fine. I believe there is a place for everyone out there and if you are that person who wants  things for free, I’m definitely not going to be your cup of tea.

But I also think my experience and passion for fitness help many  people, and I take a great deal of pride in that. I’ve had client’s parents reach out to tell me I saved their children’s lives. I had a client who had a heart attack and his doctor told him had he not been exercising he would have been in serious trouble.

Every week I get texts and messages from clients thanking me for helping them change their lives. This is the whole reason I do what I do; changing people’s lives!

It’s never been about money, or reputation for me. When I change someone’s life, that makes every early morning and late night worth it!

When people post or make comments to me or on social media about how my job isn’t necessary, shouldn’t cost money or isn’t worthwhile I just smile. Anyone who spends any time with me, or in 360fit, knows there is no other gym like us. Our clients truly are our family and we are all about them!

Come try us out and see what a gym that cares about you is all about, and how we are worth the money!

Click here for a FREE personal training consult, or FREE week at 360fit!

Devin Sherrington was named #2 trainer in Canada 2015, is 8 time Best Personal Fitness Trainer Halifax award winner, and owner the award winning fitness studio 360fit in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He lives in Fletcher’s Lake with his girlfriend Lauren and children Reign and Journey.

360fit Blog – Addicted to Comparisons

Posted on March 11, 2016

 

I’ll admit it, I’m addicted to comparisons, and I’m very competitive. It’s been a problem for me my whole life, and it’s always based around exercise.

When I first started working out I did it at home. My parents bought my brother a weight set and I started using it. I had no idea what I was doing. I just knew I wanted to be bigger and look like the bodybuilders I saw in magazines. While this wasn’t healthy, it really didn’t hurt me because they were so far ahead of me I knew I could never catch up.

When I got older and joined a real gym that’s when my issues really took over.

Every time I saw someone more fit, or lifting more I wanted to be able to beat them; to be fitter and stronger than they were. I worked out like a crazy person. It ran my life.

It wasn’t until I was in my early 30s before I started to get comfortable with my body and how it looked. I started to force myself to look at the positives and be proud of what I had accomplished, and where I was rather than looking at the negatives.

My rule was every time I said something negative to myself I had to say three positive things right away. It was really hard and I didn’t like doing it, but I kept at it and over time the negative self talk slowly backed off and got quieter.

A week ago I was in the gym on a cruise ship. There was a guy there working out who was super fit, and watching him workout beside me I felt all those same old feelings. All the old negative self-talk came roaring back for some reason. I felt terrible.

Then something funny happened later that day. Out on the deck I saw him again. We had not spoken at all in the gym, just nodded at each other. But this time he came up to me. “Man you are crazy fit!” he said “What do you do?”

It suddenly snapped reality back into focus for me. While I was comparing myself to him, he was doing then same thing back! How silly was I to be negative about this?

He turned out to be a very nice guy, and it made me realize all over again that you can battle negative self-talk, that battle will never be completely over. But when you are doing it, remember every one else is likely doing it a well.

Next time I feel myself going back and thinking like that again, I will remember this experience and make myself stop. Life is too short to not be your own biggest cheerleader!

Devin Sherrington was named #2 trainer in Canada 2015, is 8 time Best Personal Fitness Trainer Halifax award winner, and owner the award winning fitness studio 360fit in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He lives in Fletcher’s Lake with his girlfriend Lauren and children Reign and Journey.

 

360fit Blog – OMG Give it Time

Posted on February 23, 2016

 

People are always in a rush and there is no more rush than when someone decides to get in shape.

They change their food, start exercising and want results, now! But the results don’t happen overnight and I hear, “Devin this isn’t working!”

Actually it is… You just need patience!

Look you didn’t get out of shape in three weeks. It took time, usually several months or even years to get to the place you are. So if it took that long to get out of shape why are we so convinced we can get back in shape in three weeks?

Fitness takes time and energy. You will need to look at it as long-term. Expect that you won’t see changes until at least a month. Others will notice before you do too!

In that first month you will feel better, you will have more energy, but you won’t look completely different. Just give it time, relax and let the process work!

I tell client’s all the time to give it a full eight weeks before they start making decisions on what is working and what isn’t. Trust me by the end of those eight weeks they can see differences in their clothes and on the scale. That’s when it becomes easier because you can see and feel the changes and you enjoy how things are getting better!

So please just give exercise and clean eating time. Remember this isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon. Slow down and you will get there faster.

Click here for a FREE personal training session, or FREE week at 360fit!

Devin Sherrington was named #2 trainer in Canada 2015, is 8 time Best Personal Fitness Trainer Halifax award winner, and owner the award winning fitness studio 360fit in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He lives in Fletcher’s Lake with his girlfriend Lauren and children Reign and Journey.

360fit Blog – I Have Body Issues

Posted on February 11, 2016

 

Ok I admit it… I have body issues.

I’m sure you’re saying right now, come on Devin everyone has some right? Yes that’s true, but there was a time I had a lot! Let me explain.

When I was younger I was painfully shy. In fact when we did a grade eight year book write up for our class mine began, “Devin is the quietest member of our class…”

I was shy, I was only mediocre in school (my siblings both did better) and I didn’t have a lot of friends. It wasn’t the best time for me.

But the thing I hated the most was that I was super skinny. When I say skinny I mean it! In grade nine I was 5’10” (same height as I am now) and weighed 135lbs. You can’t even believe how self-conscious I was about how I looked.

I wanted to look like the football players on my favorite team the Chicago Bears and the bodybuilders I saw in magazines, but I wasn’t even close.

My brother got a weight set when I turned 14 and I decided it was time to do something about it so I started lifting weights and working out. As I got bigger and stronger nothing was ever enough for me. I couldn’t get big enough and I couldn’t push myself hard enough. Throw up from working out? Yep did that all the time. Workout until I could hardly walk upstairs? All the time!

Through university football my attitude didn’t change, in fact it got worse. No matter how much stronger and bigger I became it wasn’t enough for me. But it wasn’t just about being big. I wanted to be able to sprint, and run distance too.

Following university I got into bodybuilding, strong man events and kept getting bigger. But still, when I looked in the mirror I saw that skinny kid who was 14 and felt like the wimp on the beach getting sand kicked in his face.

It wasn’t until I got in my 30s that I finally realized what I was chasing was not only crazy but it made no sense. There was no point in being huge and without the aid of large amounts of drugs I wasn’t going to be huge anyway. I had to take a step back and re-evaluate what I really wanted.

It was very hard. When you have told yourself for years that you need to look a certain way, and spend literally thousands of hours chasing that look, it’s no fun to say OK it’s time to stop.

But when I finally did I realized I didn’t like what I was chasing. I was sick to death of looking in the mirror and not being proud of all the hard work I put in. It was a huge mindset change and it was needed!

I am much happier now when I look in the mirror. In fact rather than looking for the negatives I look for positives. Any time I feel negatives sneak in I think, “would I let a friend say that to me?”

What I am saying is you should love your body. That doesn’t mean give up on exercise. I believe if you love your body you will want to take care of it and exercise to keep it healthy. But you should look at your progress as you go and celebrate how far you have come, even as you keep going.

Ignore the negative voices, and concentrate on how much you have accomplished! That positive will always keep you going and working hard than any negative self-talk!

Click here for a FREE personal training session, or FREE week at 360fit!

Devin Sherrington was named #2 trainer in Canada 2015, is 8 time Best Personal Fitness Trainer Halifax award winner, and owner the award winning fitness studio 360fit in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He lives in Fletcher’s Lake with his girlfriend Lauren and children Reign and Journey.

360fit Blog – Why The Hell Do I Do It?

Posted on February 2, 2016

 

Yep I own a gym… And yep, that’s crazy. I’ve had many people tell me over the years how insane it is to own a gym. “Gyms go out of business all the time”, people tell me. “Gyms don’t make money”, people say. “It’s a lot of hours and you get nothing out of it”. I’ve heard it all.

Well, I don’t know how true all those statements are, but this I can tell you; I didn’t open a gym to get rich and the long hours don’t bother me at all.

Many years ago when I was working at Nubody’s I was the busiest trainer in at the company. I was booked weeks ahead of time. I could pick and choose my clients. My managers gave me almost complete freedom to do anything I wanted in the clubs where I worked.
So why the heck would I when I was at the top of my game? I did it because I didn’t feel like I was making enough of a difference for people.

Let me explain; I would see a client once or twice a week and give them workout homework to do complete in the days they wouldn’t be seeing me. I’d see them in the gym, but they wouldn’t be working as hard as I knew they could, or they wouldn’t workout at all, and that drove me nuts!

Then my old manager Sherisse Dawson asked me to create a group fitness class.

I’m a bit of an exercise perfectionist. I never taught group fitness before and to be perfectly honest I didn’t want to do it. I was worried people wouldn’t like it or I would just be bad. I was comfortable in a one-on-one or two-on-one session. I knew I could kill that, but this was different.

For three weeks I planned out how I would run the class. Finally I decided on a format, and I called it Fried Legs and Abs.

The first day I was so nervous… And I don’t usually get nervous when it comes to fitness. But, the class was packed and it went so well, I couldn’t believe it! Go figure, I loved being in front of people and teaching fitness!

Fried Legs and Abs quickly became the most popular class that Dartmouth Nubody’s had. It was literally packed!

My own personal training clients all started to come and they loved it. I didn’t tell any of them about it at first, in case it went terrible. They kept telling me how they worked so much harder with me in front of them.

Right then I realized I wanted to own my own gym. I wanted to have a place where personal training clients could come see me every week and also it would have be a place where they could work hard in classes. All the data shows people who do fitness classes and personal training are the ones who reach their goals the fastest.
That’s where 360fit was born. It was built to be a place where people worked hard and got fit, while being supported and had fun.

It was never about money, or anything else. It is all about helping people as much as I could

I’m proud to say I’ve worked hard to make 360fit true to its origins. We are all about community, family and helping people. We are passionate about our clients and passionate about fitness. I’ve been lucky to have some amazing trainers over the years work with me. They all added to the dream of 360fit and I’m proud to have had them alongside me on the journey.

 

Click here for a FREE personal training session, or FREE week at 360fit!

Devin Sherrington was named #2 trainer in Canada 2015, is 8 time Best Personal Fitness Trainer Halifax award winner, and owner the award winning fitness studio 360fit in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He lives in Fletcher’s Lake with his girlfriend Lauren and children Reign and Journey.

 

360fit Blog – You Don’t Need to Fail!

Posted on January 19, 2016

 

So how are those New Year’s Resolutions going? This is about the time when resolutions start going to the wayside. I’m here to give you some pointers on how to keep moving forward toward those goals you’ve set for yourself in 2016 (and every year to come).

 

  1. Choose your goal(s): I liked using the word goal instead of resolution this year. Resolutions hold a stigmatism. Your goals need to precise. “Be kinder”, while is a very good goal – is so vague. How do you want to be kinder? Its the same for the goal to “lose weight”…well, how much weight? And by what date would you like to have lost this weight? I also encourage you to make goals that are attainable soon. Short term goals. When we reach a goal it gives us motivation to keep going. So make goals that you know you can reach, and reach soon. I also like making weekly goals, such as “increase my water intake”. That way I can feel successful and that I’ve accomplished something. these weekly goals can be small steps that lead up to the end goal.
  2. Make a game plan: We’ve all heard the adage “Fail to plan, plan to fail”. But its more than just an inspiring quote, there is a lot of truth behind it. Life comes with so many left turns, road bumps, surprises and changes that if we don’t have a plan in place it is so easy to veer off and forget what we were ever trying to accomplish to begin with. You want to lose weight? How? First step would be to find a gym, or a trainer etc. Simply stating you want to lose weight is not going to have those pounds come melting off. There is also lots of convoluted messages out there when it comes to fitness. You need to do your research and find the path most suited for you. In your plan you need to really think about the supports you need in place to reach your goal. If you’re anything like me and you need someone to hold you accountable, then at-home workouts might not be for you, or a turnkey gym that has no idea when you come workout may not be your solution. Instead finding a trainer you feel comfortable with or a program that is suited to offer support etc – they would be the plan, the direction you’d need to take.
  3. Tell Someone: Not just anyone. But someone who will hold you accountable in a loving and supportive way. We all have those people in our lives who judge our every action. Don’t tell that person. Or at least don’t use that person as your support. Because you’ll likely end up hating that person, be frustrated, stressed and run far far away from your purpose. Not only do you need to tell someone else, you need to tell yourself. Write your goals down. Post them. Post them somewhere you will see regularly. When it is in your face, there’s no ignoring it.
  4. Make decisions based on your goals: Let’s say you decide that in 2016 you are going to build a six pack. But on a daily basis chow down on a bag of chips while watching the latest Netflix sensation (#MakingAMurderer – hellooo). I’m not really sure that decision-making is going to bring you the results you desired. Clearly this was a comedic example. But I see it (and have done it myself) on a regular basis. People tell me their goals, and then make decisions that bring them farther from those goals, or choose to invest in things that have nothing to do with the goals they’ve laid out for themselves.
  5. Track your progress: And by this, i don’t just mean stepping on the scale. There are many ways to track fitness progress. Get your measurements done, take before and after photos, do a benchmark workout (or fitness assessment). Progress is progress in any form. If you are moving forward, then you can’t be moving backwards. Check in on your initial goals. Have you been accomplishing your game plan? Do your big goals need some readjusting? Have you learned something new about yourself and need to formulate a new plan to obtain your goals? Reassessment doesn’t mean failure. It means reconfiguration. You made a goal, you formulated a plan to reach that goal. But then life changed. So that plan needs to change. Regular reevaluation allows you to keep your eyes on the end goal, but make necessary changes to keep that goal attainable.

 

I hope these tips help you maintain the goals you’ve set out for yourself in 2016. If you need any help determining your fitness goals this year feel free to come meet with me. I will help you to get started and also stay on track. At 360fit we offer a FREE Personal Training consult. Let’s make 2016 YOUR year, together.

Liz Burton  is a  Canfitpro Certified is a Personal Trainer at 360fit, in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. She lives with her husband and three children in Cole Harbour, NS. Liz has a passion for seeing people change their lives for the healthier.

360fit Blog – Save Your Own Life

Posted on January 18, 2016

 

If you are anything like me, you did a significant amount of shoveling yesterday. That’s the joy of living in a northern area… we get to shovel every winter!

My first client this morning told me how sore his back was from shoveling all the snow, and he’s not alone. Many people are waking up sore from shoveling… and some aren’t waking up at all!.

In  the USA last year 1647 people died shoveling snow. Yep you read that right, 1647 people!

So how the heck does that happen? Well an average two car driveway, with 20 cm of snow on it, weighs over 2200 lbs. That’s a lot of weight to move. And most people hate shoveling so they try to go as fast as they can, which means bad form and everything from strained backs to heart attacks.

So how do you make sure you’re not one of these numbers? Exercise! I’m not talking about walking on a treadmill, or using a chest press machine. You need to be functionally fit.

This means you need to be fit to move through three dimensions  while moving weight. Machines only give you two dimensions to move in, so while you might be stronger doing that exercise it won’t help you when it comes down to living your life… or shoveling 2200 lbs. of snow!

Hey an average snow blower costs over $2000! Why not spend that money on yourself and buy personal training or a good gym membership? Not only will you look better but you may save your own life!

Click here for a FREE personal training session, or FREE week at 360fit!

Devin Sherrington was named #2 trainer in Canada 2015, is 8 time Best Personal Fitness Trainer Halifax award winner, and owner the award winning fitness studio 360fit in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He lives in Fletcher’s Lake with his girlfriend Lauren and children Reign and Journey.

 

360fit Blog – #$%@ Body Issues

Posted on January 11, 2016

 

I have body issues. There days I look in the mirror and feel “skinny fat.” That means I feel skinny and fat at the same time. It sucks!

But I’m lucky. I only feel this way from time to time. There was a time that I felt it all the time.

I was a skinny kid. I was shy and I didn’t have a lot of friends. I hated being skinny. I desperately wanted to be bigger. I thought it would solve all my problems.

Flash forward to university, playing football, and I was even worse. No matter how strong  I got, it wasn’t enough. I worked out until I threw up, couldn’t walk, could hardly get out of bed.

It got even worse after university. I worked out harder, and lifted heavier. I ate like a demon. Nothing matter but fixing the skinny guy I saw in the mirror.

Then at about 30, it dawned on me this was completely crazy! I was sitting on the couch with my son who was two. He wanted something to drink and I thought, “I have to get up and go all the way to the kitchen! That stinks.”

As soon as I thought that I felt like a complete moron! I was a trainer. My job was to help people get fit, and here I was complaining in my own head about walking to the kitchen!

At the time I weighed 245 lbs. I was the strongest I had ever been in my life. I could dead lift 600 lbs, squat 550 lbs. Bench over 345 lbs. I was by most anyone accounts big and strong, but I was thinking it was hard to walk to the kitchen.

Since that day I have treated fitness completely differently. I still love the idea of being big and strong. It’s hard to give it up. Some times I feel skinny and weak. But when those times come, I remember how stupid I felt on the couch that day.

To change your life you need to change your mindset. I’m a lot happier overall now than I was then. I feel good everyday. I have lots energy and it all came from changing my mind, and doing something different.

Change your thoughts on what you want to look like, and how you want to be. Pick healthy and happy not whatever craziness you have dreamed up like I did. It’s well worth it!

Click here for a FREE personal training session, or FREE week at 360fit!

Devin Sherrington was named #2 trainer in Canada 2015, is 8 time Best Personal Fitness Trainer Halifax award winner, and owner the award winning fitness studio 360fit in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He lives in Fletcher’s Lake with his girlfriend Lauren and children Reign and Journey.

 

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