This post is from my client Christine, who has been writing about her weight-loss journey on this blog. This post was originally published August 13, 2013, but I'm reposting it here on my new blog.
When I started personal training in late March, my goal was clear: to lose the weight I had gained on Prednisone. It was a simple, measurable goal, and I thought once I reached my target weight I would stop personal training and continue exercising on my own.
But an interesting thing has happened over the past few months. Personal training used to be a luxury, and I struggled to justify it’s place in my life. But now that I’ve experienced the benefits firsthand, personal training has become a regular, and dare I say necessary, expense right alongside my car payment and groceries.
Why this shift?
First, I’ve been amazed at the way my body is changing before my eyes. My legs are more muscular, my improved posture gives me a look of strength and confidence, my cellulite is a distant memory, and my belly fat is almost completely gone. I keep thinking that I’ve “arrived” when it comes to my physique, but then Andrea pushes me harder and I find myself looking even stronger than before. To be honest, I’m curious to see how far I can push myself and what kind of body I can achieve.
Second, personal training keeps me motivated. I know for a fact that if I quit personal training tomorrow, I would lose a lot of the muscle tone I’ve gained over the past few months. There’s just no way I’m going to push myself that hard on my own. Last week I was pretty sure I couldn’t do my last set of weighted Bavarian split squats, and I wanted more than anything to give up. If it was just me, I would have called it quits. But Andrea cheered me on and I was able to knock out a whole set with near perfect form and without a single break!
Third, personal training has a positive impact on the rest of my life. I sleep better at night, I’m less stressed during the day, and I’m more confident in who I am as a whole. You can’t put a price on feeling good, but it turns out all it takes is three one-hour sessions a week with Andrea
So that’s why I won’t be giving up on personal training any time soon. It’s too much a part of my life now, and I love the physical, emotional, and social benefits it brings.