A few months into personal training, I get set up by the gym with a new client. After our first meeting, I knew she was capable of far more than she was letting onto. I could tell that deep inside I had a very strong woman on my hands, and training her was going to be a challenge for me. I knew it would be necessary to find things to help her inner athlete come out again. This is our story…
I had a difficult year. I lost my sense of me. I wasn’t active. I had stopped my regular exercise routine after a difficult year of surgery and recovery and was still not feeling myself. I wasn’t running, at least not enough to call myself a runner. I gained more weight, I liked myself less. I knew I should move more, I knew I should eat healthier. I also was sure that I couldn’t get back to where I had once been (a regular runner, 3rd Degree Black Belt instructor and Kickboxing instructor). It hurt to move.
I threw my back out. I needed steroid injections. My hips hurt after sitting for long periods of time. I believed that I was older and my situation would not improve. I wanted to improve. I wanted to eat better, lose weight, move more and like myself, but I knew I couldn’t.
I decided to try bootcamp. Afterall, I was a Tae Kwon Do instructor (past) and kickboxing instructor (past), I could handle bootcamp right? WRONG! The running was hard, I could not keep up, I couldn’t breathe. I had sweat pouring in both eyes and couldn’t see what was next. The drills were rapid fire, no rest. I physically could not do some of the exercises. I felt like a failure. There were people older than me breezing through the workout. I barely survived the 10 week session and didn’t sign up again. A 40-ish year-old, 40 pound overweight woman should not be doing bear crawls up a hill. Also on the “do not do” list is putting your feet on a dolly and drag your body across a tennis court, impossible! I proved it. And push-ups, hah! Seriously? I could barely do 3 to every one count and I was on my knees and had really bad form. Bootcamp is not for a beginner, bootcamp isn’t for me, or so I believed. I gave up.
It had been a difficult year. Deep down, I really wanted to improve but got depressed because I couldn’t. I had a voice constantly telling me I was a failure, thankfully another voice spoke louder than the negative one that fed my brain of negative self-talk.
Fastforward …I started at a new gym and just had to sign up with a personal trainer so I could get a good jump start to success! I was connected with a peppy, happy, always smiling blond pony-tailed personal trainer. Seriously, can someone always be smiling and THAT peppy??? Despite my secret hate of her outward joy of life, we had a great first meeting, she understood my goals and we hit it off. First workout I have erased from my memory, it was that bad. I thought boot camp was tough!
She had me move outside my comfort zone every single workout. I tried not to complain, I tried not to give up, I gave 110% each session but I did squawk at jumping. How did this lithe young chick think I (the clod) could ever jump over a rope knee high, or a bench? She was high! She actually yelled loudly at me in front of people to just do it! I did and amazingly, I was able to jump. Not as high as she wanted but it was a starting point.
Twice a week, I had an appointment to be tortured, I mean an appointment to improve myself. I showed up. She switched from nights to mornings. That is right, I became an early morning gym goer. I had to pinch myself to be sure I was awake and was actually living this life.
Her guidance and belief in me made me believe in myself. I’ve gone on to run two 10 mile races, two half marathons and my first triathlon, winning in the Athena (over 165 lb) category!
Thank you Kyra, I have my life back!
Since 2012, when I left the gym to pursue online personal training full time, Lisa and I have stayed in touch and Lisa has been a member of my virtual training site. I am proud of Lisa everyday for becoming the athlete I knew she truly was.
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