I bought a sleeveless shirt. On purpose. More than one. And it’s because of my husband’s bad knees. He knew he needed to work on strength training to help him prepare for possible knee surgery, so he researched numerous facilities and decided on Fitness Together. Twice a week, he would come home sweaty and drained, and knowing the workouts were working in his favor. The idea of gaining muscle and strength was intriguing to me, especially on Tuesday, March 3, 2015.
It was on my calendar, but I didn’t pay too much attention to it until I read on Facebook that someone got in and that reminded me… maybe I should check to see if I did too. That’s when I found out that in just eight months I was going to run the largest marathon in the world, the TCS New York City Marathon, and I knew I wanted to do more than just pound the pavement.
I was paired with my husband’s trainer, who changes up my workouts each week. I never know what seemingly HUGE weight will be handed to me in his even HUGE-ER paw, and how many lunges and wall balls I’ll be told to do – and each time I’m amazed at what I actually CAN do, thanks to Fitness Together coaching.*
It didn’t take long before it started… The first time was from a stranger. “Excuse me,” he quietly asked. “Do you mind if I ask you where you work out?” I could have kissed him. Then later from a male co-worker, “What are you doing?! Your arms are buff!” * Another co-worker, “You looked pretty fit walking across the street just now.”* And from a stranger, “I can tell you’re a runner, look at your arms.”
I look forward to the trainers cheering me on during my assessment as I try to do-just-one-more rep. I look forward to the one-on-one assistance I get, even with the gym slang, which cracks my trainer up because half the time I don’t know what he’s describing. I require a demo.
November 1, 2015 is marathon day. Thanks to the combination of Fitness Together and my weekly mileage, I’m tackling hills with more power and running stronger.* My goal isn’t speed. It’s endurance. I plan to cross the finish line stronger than my two previous marathons. This time wearing a sleeveless tech shirt, naturally.
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