I was never particularly athletic, but had always admired those who were. I went through various exercise phases throughout my life where I would join a gym, go for a couple of months and then stop going for months at a time. About four years ago, I was trying to get back into one of my “on” phases and signed up for one of those introductory training sessions at the gym hoping it would give me the jump start that I needed. Unfortunately, the first session was a disaster. The trainer began my workout and by about 15 minutes into it I began to feel dizzy and nauseous. I informed him that I needed a minute and that I felt like I might throw up. He told me that he didn’t consider a training session a success unless the client felt like vomiting! At that point, I went to the ladies room to wait for the nausea to pass, and when I came out the trainer was nowhere to be found. I have to say that I was pretty taken aback that there was no concern on his part as to whether or not I was okay. It was almost as if his goal was to make me not want to work out ever again as opposed to motivating me to make exercise a part of my lifestyle. Needless to say, I was not very excited about the prospect of scheduling my next session.
About a week later, as I aimlessly wandered around the gym, eying the machine circuit and trying to figure out what to do, I was approached by a trainer on the floor who asked me if I needed help. He told me that his name was Sean and he proceeded to assist me through a workout circuit and then asked me if I wanted to do some Abdominal exercises. He was extremely helpful and I felt like I had actually gotten a great work out. The best part was, I didn’t feel sick—I felt great!
After that, I purchased a training package with Sean. By the end of the 12 weeks, the progress was so incredible that I couldn’t imagine stopping. That was four years ago and I have trained with Sean every week since. He pushes me, which I desperately need, but somehow he understands my limits better than I do and is able to get me out of my comfort zone. The progress has been amazing. At age 47, I feel stronger than I ever have. I went from not being able to do a single push up, to doing three sets of 15.
As someone who works long hours, the steady exercise has benefited me in so many ways. I had struggled with back pain and sometimes knee pain, and Sean helped me strengthen my legs and my core to a point where I never feel those pains anymore. Last summer, I went to surfing camp! That is something that I would have never had the confidence to do before.
I feel so lucky that Sean discovered me that day. He has helped make me healthier, happier, and a better person.
Thank you Sean!