Expert Interview: Work not working out? It may be time for a workout

by Joe Szynkowski | June 29, 2017 | Workhappy Blog

Head Personal Trainer Caleb Snyder trains his client, Alecia, during a recent session at Gold’s Gym of Southern Illinois.

Small and skinny, the teenage version of Caleb Snyder would hardly recognize his adult self. Now the head personal trainer at Gold’s Gym of Southern Illinois, Snyder has transformed from a wiry guy with little knowledge of health and fitness into an expert with a dual master’s degree in Kinesiology and Food & Nutrition.

Today he guides his clients on weightlifting, cardiovascular fitness and healthy eating strategies for Gold’s Gym, which welcomes a fair share of work-stressed Southern Illinoisans through its doors every day.

“My personal philosophy on fitness is that you should continually strive to make yourself better, and translate that mindset into other aspects of your life,” he recently told The UpWrite Group. “Lifting and fitness truly changed my life and my outlook on everything else in the process.”

Snyder jokes that he should have earned a minor in psychology given the amount of issues his clients share with him in the gym. “When you see someone multiple times a week for a while, you tend to build such a rapport with them that they feel comfortable venting about anything from personal to professional stresses,” he said.

Snyder has practical advice for those looking to break out of their own personal slump – particularly those struggling with career-related angst – and he recently shared it with The UpWrite Group.

Read on for three major benefits to working out instead of lashing out if you’re stressed in your job.

Benefit #1: Building bonds with your personal trainer.

Personal trainers and clients form special relationships built on sweat equity and mutual respect. Both parties are interested in seeing results – in the short-term and long-term. Both parties are also able to confide in each other about general life issues, including work. Long meetings, bad bosses, poor pay – there is no shortage of topics that work-stressed gym members may bring to their personal trainers.

“No matter what is going on in someone’s life, they feel 10 times better after a training session,” Snyder said. “There’s something about getting in the gym and getting your sweat on that just clears your head and allows you to think on a calmer level about things.”

Benefit #2: Reducing stress with every lift, jog or squat.

Consistent time in the gym can be your ticket out of career unhappiness. How?

“For those of you struggling with work and personal stress,” Synder said, “get a great workout in, sleep the recommended amount per night, and give your body what it needs nutritionally. Stress can be greatly reduced by just following those simple rules.”

Following these standards of stress-reduction can result in physical, psychological and emotional benefits for the overworked.

“There is the physical aspect of coming in the gym and sweating it out which can immediately relieve some stress,” Snyder said. “There are also the long-term effects like boosted confidence and self-esteem or better body image that can make handling stress easier. When you are comfortable with yourself and confident, you can tackle anything life throws at you.”

Benefit #3: Overcoming the sedentary shackle.

If you’re reading this at work, you’re likely parked on your butt. According to the American Heart Association, sedentary jobs have increased 83 percent since 1950. Physically active jobs now make up less than 20 percent of our workforce, while in 1960, about half of the United States workforce was physically active.

“Sitting for long periods can be a huge detriment to your health,” Snyder said. “Try to find ways to break long sitting periods up by getting up and going for a short 3-5 minute walk every 30 minutes. You can also improve your resting energy expenditure and posture by using a large stability ball to sit on instead of a regular chair.

“An activity tracker can also help you keep track of your steps and activity throughout the day, which will help motivate you to get up and move.”

“We Have A Lot of Fun and We Get Things Done”

For our local blog readers, reach out to Snyder to see how he can set you on the path to a less stressful work life. For those outside of our region, Snyder recommends you scheduling up an appointment with your local personal trainer to get started on living your most healthy life.

Looking to start your fitness journey while the gym is less than full? Gold’s Gym – and others like it – sees most of its traffic from 5 a.m. until 8 a.m. and then from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. – the key times of day when people are either starting or wrapping up their stressful work days.

And for those of you seeking some guidance on how to find meaningful work, here are some insights into Snyder’s personal level of work happiness and how he attained it:

“I can relate to those who are not comfortable in their own skin and who truly want to make a change,” he said. “I love the teaching aspect of my job. Being able to turn a person who has little knowledge of exercise or nutrition into a self-sufficient member of the gym is the best reward a trainer could hope for. I have met so many great people over the years in an environment of positivity and growth. We have a lot of fun and we get things done.”


Joe Szynkowski owns and operates The UpWriteGroup, a strategic writing firm focused on executive branding and corporate copywriting. Reach out at 618.521.7483 to set up an introductory phone call today.

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