Part of the reason I wanted to become a personal trainer was to help people get healthier and feel better about themselves. Another reason, was for me to learn the in’s and out’s of health, fitness and nutrition so that I could teach this lifestyle to my family as well. I haven’t always had a healthy relationship with food and exercise. In addition to sharing my current workout with you, I’m also going to let you in on how I got to where I am today.
In some of my older posts I’ve mentioned that I used to exercise for aesthetic reasons. I was more interested in exercising to achieve a goal size or weight than increasing my strength or physical fitness. This approach left me never feeling satisfied and I never stuck to anything long term. Basically I was bouncing from workout to workout and diet to diet and never getting the results I was seeking.
In the above left photo, I was 24 years old. I was training for a half marathon in conjunction with doing P90X, lifting and taking spinning classes. I wanted to get results ASAP and was willing to do whatever it took to get there. Or so I thought.
The truth is, your body quickly adapts to the demands placed upon it. Within a few short months I had to keep adding more and more exercise just to maintain my current fitness level and physique. This left me burnt out, tired and unmotivated. This wasn’t sustainable and when life and kids got in the way, I abandoned my fitness goals altogether.
The photo at right was taken in May 2017 at age 31. 2 kids and 7 years later I am fitter, stronger and healthier than I was before. I am now doing half the work in half the time. The truth is, in fitness more is not always better. You have to gradually modify your diet and exercise over time to build sustainable results.
What did I learn from that experience?
- Your body is ready to adapt to whatever you ask of it. Change up your workout program every 2-4 weeks. This keeps you from getting bored and your body from getting comfortable.
- Find something you like to do and that you’ll stick with. I HATE running so that was never going to be sustainable for me.
- Find someone who motivates you and keeps you accountable. It can be me, a friend, your spouse, whomever you’re comfortable with.
You can do these workouts in any particular order. It is also great to have an active recovery day or 2 in your mix. For me, I like to do a yoga class on Fridays and hike on Saturdays. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!
Please feel free to pin these images and if you give any of my workouts a try please let me know what you think!