My sessions start at 6 a.m. and end at 8 p.m. Two nights a week I then go to volleyball practice which gets over at 11. In bed by midnight and then back up at 4:45 the next morning for work. This doesn't leave a lot of time for what we call "sleep". Imagine my dismay this morning when each of my clients at 6, 7 and 8 all strolled in 20 minutes late as if it was no big deal.
Are you shitting me?
My client at 6 this morning actually told me that he was late because he was so tired from his day on Tuesday. His day off from work. No big deal, bro. I was pretty tired too, but I managed to get to the gym at 5:30, so that I could be prepared for your session that you apparently don't give a shit about.
Showing up late for a session with me expresses the feeling that you don't give a damn about the importance of my time. That you don't place a high priority on my work or our results. And that's what it comes down to, right? Results? As my client, you expect certain results out of me. As the trainer, I expect a certain level of hard-work from you. Given the constraints of our schedule (1 hour each time, 2-3 times per week) I am able to figure out what results are realistic and in what time frame.
When you start showing up late on a consistent basis, I can no longer consider those results viable. In fact, it makes it really tough to even plan workouts for you. You already move like a turd, so I'm not going to compromise on your mobility and movement drills, so we are going to get in less exercise. Less exercise means fewer results, which then makes me look like a shitbum. And you know what? I'm not a shitbum.
Clients, please just show up on time, act like an adult. No one is forcing you to be there. You're with me because you want results; now give me the opportunity to get them.
Have a good day and go lift something heavy!