Welcome to Wednesday Word, a weekly linkup for everyone, not just health and fitness bloggers. Each Wednesday you will have a single word prompt to write about.  Let your imagination run free and share with your readers your interpretation of that word, or simply use it as inspiration for your post. Today’s word is teach…..  I’d love to have you link up, and if you do, please remember to follow my six simple rules.


Teach – to cause or help someone to learn about a subject
or how to do something by giving lessons, showing how it is done, etc.
~ Merriam-Webster


My mom was a teacher.

Both of my grandmothers were teachers.

Not knowing what else to do, I became a teacher…

I quickly learned that I didn’t love teaching and eventually moved into the fitness field. At my first gym, I dabbled in sales, marketing, and management, but it wasn’t until I became a personal trainer that I felt I’d really found my calling.

I enjoyed the one-on-one time with my clients, and realized that I had a knack for creating fun and motivating workouts. I embraced the team effort between my client and me, and found it exhilarating when my clients met their goals. 

Becoming a personal trainer lead to my first job as a running coach to about 100 runners who had signed up to run their first marathon, and many had very little running experience. They were passionate about raising money for their chosen charity and counted on me to help get them across the finish line. We worked on form, pacing, and endurance – totally new skills to many of them.

Without really realizing it, was continuing to teach. The classrooms were different, but the lessons were the same. Instead of a classroom filled with forty unruly freshmen who didn’t want to learn about the food pyramid, I found myself working with individuals who wanted to learn how to eat healthy and lose weight. Instead of utter chaos in a gymnasium filled with four separate physical education classes where I tried to teach my students how to do push-ups, I instructed my clients on proper form in a calm and quiet personal training studio. Instead of chasing down teenagers running out of control all over a dusty activities field, I ran with clients on beautiful trails while discussing racing strategies.

Working as a personal trainer, I found the days to be calmer and the lessons to be much more appreciated by my students.

I suppose I was meant to be a teacher and follow in the footsteps of my mom and grandmothers after all!


Who do you teach?


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Deb Runs


Next Wednesday’s Word: Accomplish