Have you ever met a person that inspires you months after you've seen them. That is my Jonny. My Jonny is probably the world's best trainer and I miss him very much but I hear his voice inside my head every time I work out.
Let me take you back on a journey that started in February
of this past year...
I wanted to get back into exercising and I no longer had a day job so it was imperative for me to start working out.
If your a stay at home mom and your child is in day care you need to do something with your life. Since I was a member of the YMCA I decided I would try Kettlebells.
That was when I met him...
He reminded me of Bob Harper from the biggest loser, He had the same build and I'll tell you he kicked my but the first day. We worked out outside and it involved some running. I HATE running but he let us know that it was ok to take breaks as long as we kept moving. I felt tired but exhilarated by the end of the class.
I decided I would be back next week. I kept coming back week after week and I found the way that Johnny took time to explain the movements and added a sense of whimsy (that's right I said Whimsy!) to the exercises made me really enjoy it.
Jonny never expected you to do something he couldn't. I used to love the way he would do squats he reminded me of a cartoon character because he could move so fast.
He was tough and never let me slack. In fact, sometimes he down right picked on me but I know it was because he knew I was strong and could do more.
I developed friendships with a few of the ladies and they convinced me to try spin before the Kettlebells class. Sure why not? So I added Spin to my routine and I liked it a lot.
I even started doing swimming after kettlebells but I was only working out once a week. I needed something else and had always wanted to try the weight room. However, I didn't really know how to properly use free weights and my husband would always get frustrated with me when we tried working out together. I NEEDED HELP!
So one day after kettle bells I asked Jonny (he also happened to be the head of all the trainers at the Y) if he could recommend someone to help train me.
He said "What do you want to do?"
"I want to try weights!"
"So what are your goals? Like are you trying to get 'toned?'"
"No, I really just want to see how much I can put up there."
"Do you want a girl?"
"No I really don't care I just want someone who is patient enough to explain stuff but doesn't let me slack."
And then with that ten year old boy glint in his eyes he said "Can I be your Trainer?"
With the excitement of a four year old girl seeing Santa I replied "YES!!!!"
We started with the fitness test and I impressed myself with how fast I could row (I had never really tried it before) and how much I could actually lift. I felt strong and empowered and he seemed genuinely surprised and eager to work with me. We worked for weeks on my fitness and despite the fact that I was battling a major stomach bug I gained strength LOTS OF IT. I also gained a LOVE for weights.
My confidence grew and I feel like his encouragement is the reason I am where I am now and his voice in my head will help propel me to where I want to be. He changed my life and I am forever grateful.
I have a new outlook on exercise. It can be fun, and challenging, and effective, and humorous, and the lessons you learn from it can extend out to the rest of your life.
I AM STRONG.
I AM CONFIDENT.
I AM SURPRISING.
I WILL ONLY CONTINUE TO IMPROVE.
I had to move otherwise I would still be training with Jonny. If you can get yourself a Jonny they are so worth the $150 (personally, I would've paid $1500) and if you are in Frederick, MD get yourself the real deal he's at the YMCA