Let’s Get Personal

August 23, 2011 at 7:28 am | Posted in Fashion, Fitness and Beauty | 2 Comments
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Since my return to the gym, I have been struggling to stay engaged and committed to exercising.  It’s not that I don’t want to, but there are always hurdles.  I have had two gym buddies who have subsequently quit the gym, I have car issues, I’ve been drained from work, I’ve traveled for work.  My routine has been threatened many times.  I have good weeks and I have bad weeks.  I’m at the point where I’m looking into other options to stay motivated while still pushing myself to get to the gym at least twice a week (which, I know is not enough).

So this time I’m putting my money where my mouth is.  It’s time to get personal.  I am signing on with a personal trainer.  But not just any personal trainer — this one is a good friend of mine.  Some may hesitate to have a stranger train you, or maybe some would hesitate to have a trainer who you also party with, but it works because he’s damn good at what he does and I know he’ll take care of me even when we aren’t training.

Recently he gave me a trial work out and consultation.  It was great to get a professional perspective on the areas I need to improve and have somebody teach me how to do things right.  We worked out in basically a private gym for 2 hours.  A much different experience than the crowded impersonal gym I regularly attend now.  For personal trainers, they talk about things like activating your gluts and having a neutral spine — a much different conversation than average folk who talk about tightening their abs and working their triceps and biceps.

I felt really great after the work out and empowered and motivated to start doing something.  But I can’t lie to myself.  I know that if I don’t invest the time, I will fall off track, so I decided not to even start this regiment until September (after my upcoming vacation), but come September I will have 6 sessions to get my act together and hopefully build good habits that I stick to.  Otherwise, my trainer knows where to find me to get me back on track.

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