My Fitness Together Experience
I decided to go to Fitness Together because I was at a point in my life of change. I had been through a long separation and then a divorce. I had tried to keep fit most of my life through exercise, weight training, running and an orbital machine. But having the kids changed my focus and priorities, and thinking about myself became nearly impossible. I recently tried on my own to get fit, but could not develop the regularity and self-discipline required. I was also very out of shape and could not run for more than five minutes or do more than 6 pushups.*
I liked the idea of one client, one trainer one goal. I had received a flyer in the mail and had always wanted to try a trainer, to get in shape and learn more about training and exercise. I made an appointment to see Bob, and he spent a lot of time talking with me. He seemed to really understand my goals and obstacles, and I explained that I wanted to get more mental focus. Mental focus begins with being fit. I’m a writer and I wanted to be able to focus on the things I was trying to write.
Bob showed me around and set me up with a schedule and payment plan that worked for me. I came to the facility and worked with Angela. Over the next few months. Angela became my fitness guide, friend and sometimes psychologist.* I was surprised how easy she was to get along with on so many levels. She planned varied workouts that forced me to use every part of my body and work my heart through cardio exercise.
All I really needed to do was to show up. She would take care of the rest. The workouts were always different and fun, and I did many different kinds of exercise. I also tried to exercise when I was not working out with Angela, and that really helped. After each workout, I used one of the cardio machines at Fitness Together. The exercise on my own hastened my development. I was shocked when I took my first fitness test after working out a month. I had improved both strength and cardio endurance at a pace that I had not been able to achieve on my own.*
I started to feel more energy and focus.* I was even more confident, as now I was out in the single world again.* I think the one asset that really helps when dating is to look your best. And being fit really helps that more than anything else. How your present yourself in person is very important to a potential partner.
I found that I started to think more about my fitness. At the train station, I challenged myself to run up and down the stairs. I never use an escalator. I park far away at any store and take a brisk walk. I also will use wait time at the train to stretch. It is amazing what a change in attitude can do for your health, and that is what I was able to achieve at Fitness Together.*
I also found that I thought more about my diet. I went to a nutritionist and my eating habits changed. I gave up the ice-cream and the cookies. I thought more about long term achievements instead of short-term pleasure that eating provides.*
So now I can do 40 pushups and run 3 miles in the park.* It took a few months, but now I run up stairs without a huff.* It feels great to be fit, and I could not have succeeded without Fitness Together.* And by the way, after three months at Fitness together, I got my first piece accepted for publication.* Being fit needs to be the center of any life plan, and there is no one better to be able to help plan and implement that goal.
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