My brilliant friend Karen is a personal trainer . . . par excellence. I’ve been working with her for about a month and she’s changed my perspective on personal training. Here’s how it goes.
Karen: Stand against this wall like this.
I mimic her stance.
Karen: Arms higher. . . higher. Good. Now push.
I follow the instructions.
Karen: Now walk like this.
She picks some funny version of a walk and I walk it.
Karen: Interesting. Here’s what we’re going to work on today.
She walks me through about an hour of work, explaining what happens when I do each thing. I’m mostly listening but it’s such a luxury to follow well presented, well considered instruction, rather than following a standard circuit. I learn stuff each time. I’m beginning to carry a notebook as she’s begun to give me homework.
All of our work together is based on a constant assessment and adjustment. She’s helping me with posture, balance, stretchiness, Dowager’s hump, falling arches, etc. All the things that come to an aging body. I’m hoping to get it all in place and working BEFORE I desperately need it.
So personal training is not about Biggest Loser type pain . . . or competition, which I often feel from yoga classes where other’s are so much more bendy and graceful. It’s about making sure that YOUR body is working at its best possible level and preserving that level for as long as possible.
At the end of the hour I am tired and relaxed with a bit of self-righteous pride thrown in. It’s better than massage!!!!
Wanna give it a try? Tell Karen I sent you.