Now that I follow some bloggers who gave/give lessons (Megan, Kathryn), I think about them a lot. I am both a steady source of income for and a pebble in the shoe of all of the trainers in my life.
For example, my oblique lesson? My trainer began it with, "These are the things that keep me up at night. You're so strong, but [you don't use your core]. If we can figure this out, I think this is the key."
(What she didn't know until I told her is that my lack of core strength is a running joke at the gym. Then she started to put things together.)
|Labor Day WOD crew!|
Aimee complemented my body awareness in my last post, but seriously, I cannot understate how little body awareness I have. Many times over the years, Nicole has had to physically pick up my body parts and put them where they should be to teach me a lift in CrossFit because I think I'm mimicking what she just showed me, but in reality, I'm nowhere close. In reality, teaching me any physical skill takes years and lots of rote practice (see also: ballroom dancing, Guitar Hero, the snatch...)
|Dramatic reenactment of my job at 2013 Regionals. I pay her back for being a challenging student by being her personal competition assistant.|
For years, I've been crunching with the right side when I use the right rein, and I would have kept on doing it if she hadn't noticed that. And she's been teaching me 52 lessons a week for nearly five years now. 250 lessons in, and my problems still keep her up at night, and we still make discoveries together like this.
I am a slow learner on a quirky horse. I'm going to take five years to get Connor to where my trainer could get him in six months. I'm going to work really hard and progress at a turtle's pace. I know that sometimes it's agonizingly slow, and that my problems do keep my trainer up at night. But we solve them, one at a time.
|And I pay her back with a check every month for the rest of my natural life.|
So to all you lesson giving warriors out there, if you have a student that just doesn't 'get it', hang in there with them! The slow learners/hard workers of the world appreciate it. And will continue to pay you!