A. Catherine Noon here, partying along with you for the TRS New Year’s Party. Happy New Year! So, what if you decided to work out, but have no idea what to do next? Don’t flounder around by yourself. Get help. Hire a trainer.
I’ve been working with a trainer for about eight months now. I meet him once a week, but if you can’t afford that, do what you can afford. One time? Monthly? Every three months? Whatever works with you and your budget will help you get on the right track.
For me, I’ve found having a trainer helps me improve the areas that I need to due to an old skiing injury. He helps me build up my shoulders and arms from spending all day on the computer. (When I asked him how often I should do the hand exercises, he laughed and then gazed at me. “Do you really think once a day is going to counter twelve hours on a keyboard?” Um… Okay then. Once an hour it is.)
He also serves a very important function, one that’s less talked about – he supports my efforts. Don’t underestimate the power of having someone push you, support you, and believe in what you’re doing. When we started out, I was very down on myself and my meager abilities. I’d lost a lot of muscle tone and my knee is really injured. At the end of one of our sessions, I apologized for not working harder or “better.” He shrugged and said, “At least they didn’t take you out of here in an ambulance.”
After the shock of the statement wore off, I realized he was right. It’s a real possibility. I have advanced osteo-arthritis is both knees, I’m overweight and over 40 years old. If I move wrong, I could damage my knee further, or hell, have a heart attack. None of that has happened, and I keep showing up and giving it my best shot. In his world, that’s a win. He won’t let me talk negatively about my own abilities. In turn, I’ve learned to trust him and try what he asks of me, even if I’m afraid I “can’t.” Can’t isn’t in his vocabulary. Surprisingly, resting is. “If you need to take a break, take one,” he says in a casual tone. “If you have 12 reps to do and you can only do 8, fine; take a break and do the other 4.” How… logical.
We could all use some of that logic from time to time.
What about you, Dear Reader? What are your experiences with a personal trainer?
– E.E. Cummings
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