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Experts / July 2016
Carrie Anton, Contributor

When Negative Self-Talk Is All You Hear, Trainer Ashley Horner Cheers You On

If you've ever walked into a new gym or approached any new form of fitness, you're probably well familiar with negative, self-doubt talk.

You know, the “I could never do that” thoughts that come when you witness other people easily string together sets of pull ups, push a barbell overhead, or deadlift far more than their own bodyweight.

But that's where a good trainer comes in. 

“You don't have to walk into a gym and even know what a barbell is, because that is my job: to show you how to do a back squat for the first time,” says Reebok trainer Ashley Horner. trainer tribute ashley horner 1

Even with a trainer, it's easy to be intimidated by the whole gym scene. But that's not enough reason to skip trying. It's just the starting point of your transformation journey.

“It's pretty cool to take somebody from Point A to Point B and watch them grow,” says Horner, who finds enjoys teaching her clients something new and seeing them develop into stronger people. “Their confidence blossoms and their character soars, and it's really cool to be able to have an impact.”

In addition to guiding the people she instructs, Horner is also their biggest cheerleader, saying, “A lot of times I feel like I'm more excited than the client.”

Sometimes, that's because she is.

After you squat a loaded bar for the first time, for example, you might feel more shock than any other reaction. That's because your confidence gets a boost, proving the negative self-talk wrong. It can be overwhelming in a positive way.

“That's the most rewarding part about being a trainer—watching these people who probably, when they walked in, thought there was no way,” Horner says. “When all along, as a trainer, I'm like, ‘Yeah, they'll get there. Just give them time.’”

trainer tribute ashley horner 2In addition to guiding the way for the people she instructs, Horner is also their biggest cheerleader, saying, “A lot of times I feel like I'm more excited than the client."

Sometimes, that's because she is.

After you squat a bar with a couple plates on it for the first time, for example, you might feel more shock and awe than any other reaction. That's because your confidence gets a boost, proving the negative self-talk wrong. You did something you didn't think was ever possible. It can be really overwhelming in a positive way.

“That's the most rewarding part about being a trainer—watching these people who probably when they walked in thought there was no way," says Horner. “When all along, as a trainer, I'm like, 'Yeah, they'll get there. Just give them time.'"

Experts / July 2016
Carrie Anton, Contributor