April 2, 2013
Why a personal trainer? Inch-by-inch and pound-by-pound, I was slowly losing the battle. On my own, it seemed the best I could do was to keep my weight within a five-pound range, but over time, the range kept sliding up. Clearly, my approaches weren’t working. So, at the mid-century of life, with a family history of ever-increasing waist lines, it was time for a better strategy.
What my needs /goals were?
1) Lose inches and pounds: My 38” jeans were getting far too comfortable while my 36” uniform pants were quite the opposite. Even though I began without a specific weight loss destination in mind, I estimated that erasing 15 pounds from the 212 I started with would be a good first step.
2) Increase overall fitness level / strength: It’s no secret that without individual effort, age and fitness level /strength are inversely related. I knew that I was on the wrong trajectory and there’s just too much living ahead of me to want to continue in that direction.
3) Gain flexibility / improve posture: Like many people, my work involves sitting most of each day. Having never been overly flexible even as a teen, I knew I was losing this fight, too. Concurrently, a quick look at those who are only a few years my senior reveals a distinct difference in posture between the fit and the average. Why strive for average?
How my expectations were met? When I joined FT late last September, my annual Air Force Reserve Physical Fitness Test was less than a month away. With the added focus courtesy of my FT workouts, I set a personal best on test day. By November, those 36” pants were getting comfy again and I actually lost weight & inches throughout the holiday season!* Great results have been the hallmark of the first quarter of this year, too: increasing flexibility, decreasing body fat, a reading on the scales I haven’t seen since the 1990s and the ability to do more push-ups than I’ve done since Officer Training School.
Thoughts / feelings about the personal training experience at Lakewood FT: The personal focus of one-on-one training is unlike anything I’ve tried before. Having a dedicated trainer with a plan to meet my individual goals has worked extremely well and I wish I’d started years ago. I’ve also enjoyed getting to know each of the trainers as well as the other clients. The familiarity of the small-studio setting has fostered a comfortable climate and enabled workouts to actually be fun. It also brings a level of accountability and subsequent motivation that would be much more difficult to sustain in a large facility.
Would you recommend personal training at Lakewood FT to others? / Why? I would and I have! The staff’s ability to take you from your current level of fitness, develop a personalized plan and then coach you into becoming a healthier “you” is essential, especially for those of us who’ve already logged a few decades on the planet. Combine its convenient location, flexible schedule and very positive atmosphere, and FT becomes THE place to get and stay FIT in Lee’s Summit.
Any additional thoughts and experiences to share: Some progress is measurable, some is more subtle. Yes, I’ve enjoyed the experience of watching my fitness stats moving in the “right” direction, but perhaps even more importantly, I just, “feel better”. I now accomplish life’s daily activities with ease, and I know that the FT Team could prepare me for most any physical endeavor I’d care to attempt.
And I’m really looking forward to this year’s water ski season!