Sorry-sorry-sorry. -Amy Poehler

What I hate about my job!


Say whaaaat??? I love what I do. Y’all know that. I’m totally zen and content and I don’t hate anything, right? I talk about it all the time. How I’m so lucky that I found my passion and I get to live it all day every day. But guess what? There is one thing that really irks me about my job and it isn’t getting up at 4am. That I can handle. Let me lead into it:


Love.  My.  Job.  But…


So, people come to me for different reasons. Most of the time, it’s because they want to lose weight, but there are other reasons too. I have people that want to get more toned or prepare for bodybuilding competitions. I have people who want to get stronger and athletes who are cross training for their sport. I love that I get to work with different types of people with different goals. I want you to feel healthy and I want you to BE the strongest, fittest version of yourself. I know how to help you achieve that.



Then what’s the problem? People come to me because they want to change something about themselves. They want to improve. They want to feel better. That’s what we’re all looking to do, right? Become a better version of ourselves. This is the problem: Sometimes I feel like I’m the person sitting in the seat across from you saying, “Yep, you’re not good enough. Get it together. I’ll show you thy way”.   I NEVER want anyone to feel that way. Heck, I’m not perfect and I’m NOT judging you. A few things I want you to know, as your trainer and as your friend: You are already amazing. You are already freaking awesome. You are already beautiful.   Regardless of your size, shape, skin tone, how straight your teeth are or how long you can hold a plank, you are exquisite.


When I titled the program Strong Calm Sexy, believe it or not, the word “sexy” was quite controversial. I had feedback from people saying it was inappropriate or that they didn’t want to associate with a program that contained that risqué word. They felt embarrassed by it. I almost dropped it and called it something else. Then, I started thinking about what I wanted the program to accomplish for people and I decided I can’t drop it because it’s the perfect word. I’ve got news for you: You’re sexy. You already are. You might not see it in yourself, but I guarantee someone does. To me, sexy means you’re confident, self-assured and self-accepting. It means you possess unique qualities in specific quantities.   No one else is made up of your exact concoction. The reason I include “sexy” in the title, and especially as the third word, is because all of that sexy is already in you and I can’t create sexy for you. I can give you tools, tips and ways to get stronger. I can guide you through postures, breathing techniques and skills to help calm you. Both of those practices are going to makes changes in your body and mind that you’ll be able to feel and others will be able to see. Those changes are going to improve your health. You’ll have stronger bones and joints. You’ll have more sculpted muscles and improved posture. You’ll have more mental clarity and less chaos in and around you. But SEXY: Sexy just happens. You can’t prevent it or stifle it.


Improving your level of fitness and conquering something that once challenged you feels so awesome. It overflows into other areas of your life. You’re going to impress yourself and say “Did I seriously just do that? I’m pretty fabulous”. Then, you’re going to think, “If I can do that, what else am I capable of”. Then you’re going to go ahead and change the world. One day you’re going to wake up and look in the mirror and OOPS, you’re going to see how sexy you are. I’m sorry if that offends you. But it’s not my fault you’re sexy. You were born that way.

change world

So let’s go do all of these wonderful things that make us feel strong. Let’s go get healthy cholesterol levels and lower our blood pressure. Let’s eat foods that nourish our body and give us stable blood sugar with loads of energy.   Then, let’s catch a glimpse of ourselves when we pass the mirror and say, “Yep, I’m sexy. But I already knew that.”


While you’re at it, let a friend know how sexy they already are…then give them a 6 second hug.


Did I just ruin it with this creepy camera hug?

158 thoughts on “Sorry-sorry-sorry. -Amy Poehler

  1. tammy

    You,,,Yolanda Rooney are awesome! If anyone knows me,keeping my attention especially with reading for more than a few minutes is a feat in itself! It just happens to be how I’m wired! however, I look forward to reading everything you write ALL the way to the end because I know it comes from the heart…it’s REAL…! not only will you expertise in the fitness & crazy knowledge in nutricion take you far as a trainer but also your passion to help others achieve their goals no matter what they may be so,that being said I think the word sexy is perfectly put with STRONG & CALM!

  2. Mike Mayhew Post author

    If Tammy read more than a 3 sentences it MUST be good. Most personal trainers have the wrong idea on how to motivate the entire person and encourage their clients to focus on the wrong thing which inevitably leads to unhappyness(yes i put “Y” in their on purpose…I wish more people had this attitude..but again its just like your HS teenagers…their attitude changes with the company they keep. Thats why your clients stay with you and not only get results but are happy they way they do it. Great Post it should be every trainers anthem for clients

  3. Chrissy S

    Thank you for such a great post! It’s the perfect name and I think everyone wants to feel a little sexy. Some want to feel a lot sexy! I can only speak for myself but when I came to you, I thought I would be “one and done”. But I came back. And came back. And you showed me I could be strong. I needed to be calm. (Ha ha ha!!) and lo and behold, I could feel sexy too!
    You’re an awesome and inspiring trainer, yogi and friend.

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