When I was 14 I wanted to join a gym, lift weights and get BIG! I was a skinny teenager and just knew that if I had muscles that would complete my life. Funny how at 14 I thought such simple things would make me happy. So my dad took me to the few weight rooms in the area and we checked them out. After finding out the cost of the facilities he sat me down and “suggested” that instead of joining a gym at that time, I could buy a weight bench and weight set for the basement and start working out at home. He had this crazy idea that people joined gyms all the time and then never go, and we all know that is just not true! Even though at the time I thought it was the worst advice that was ever given it turned out to be a great “suggestion”. I see young guys all the time in the gym trying to impress the ladies by doing things that are just crazy. Being by myself in the basement I didn’t have that pressure. It was me, the Arnold Schwarzenegger poster/workout and the 80 lbs of weights that was more than heavy enough. I had no idea that 30 years later I would still be exercising and showing people what they need to do to get in shape. I also didn’t know that my attitude towards exercise would have such a drastic change.
I still get the fact that we all want to look good and that is a driving force behind exercise. I have yet to have someone meet with me in February and tell me their reason to get on an exercise program is to look bad in a swimsuit when the pools open on Memorial weekend. One of the outcomes of working out is looking good and there is nothing wrong with that. The reason my attitude has changed is because of the other things that I have witnessed exercise doing for people. Here are just a few examples of clients and what they have achieved through hard work and dedication.
*Going from a sendentary lifestyle and overweight to running 5k’s and riding century rides.
*Stroke victim being able to get up out of a wheelchair and use a walker to walk down a hallway when they were supposed to be confined to that chair.
*80-90 year old men and women who keep that active lifestyle, walking without a cane, getting up from a seated position without it being an incredible challenge.
This goes along with all the athletes that have become bigger and stronger because of how they challenge themselves.
Look, I don’t think that what I do is rocket science. I don’t claim to have that one incredible workout that is going to get you to lose 50 lbs in 2 weeks. I do, however, think that you too can see incredible changes in your life with exercise and there is an effective/efficient way to do this. That I can help you with.
Until next time….