Scales With Jen? Who Needs Em!
I am someone who never hated the gym once I got there, but would need the motivation and accountability of another person to get me through the doors. I always enjoyed the drop-in class dynamic, as I found the gym at large to be intimidating, overwhelming and feared being judged for not knowing exactly what to do. When my workout buddy moved to another city the motivation to get to the gym faded and the scale started to rise. I had worked very hard with diet and expertise to lose just over 50lbs and when the scale started to creep back up again I knew it was time to try something new.
I did my research and came to the conclusion that I wanted to see a trainer. Have specialized workouts and learn some new moves and make sure my technique was proper with one on one training. I researched for hours, reading articles and referrals as well as second guessing my choice before contacting Mark. I have now been working out with Mark for a few months, and it was one of the best decisions I have made for both my mental and physical health.
From the very first email reply Mark has been prompt with his communication, and always willing to fire off an answer to a question (no matter how silly) and even send a funny joke he knows I’ll appreciate. I don’t think I’ve ever waited more than an hour to hear back, which is greatly appreciated.
One of the main reasons I wanted to work with a trainer
was to learn how to use some of the equipment and have some accountability to get to the gym. My thought before I started was after a month or two I would wean myself off working out with a trainer and just reproduce the workouts on my own. In the few short months I have been working with Mark I have seen such amazing changes in my body that I know I couldn’t replicate as quickly and efficiently as Mark has (lets be honest, it wouldn’t have happened at all!). On top of that a few problem areas I used to have I told him about and within the first few weeks of tailored exercises some of my chronic pain had disappeared. It’s not even a question for me to continue working out 3 times a week, seeing what I have achieved in such a short time only makes me more excited to see what else I could achieve. I feel strong and love seeing the changes in my body, seeing muscles I didn’t even realize could look the way they do.
I genuinely enjoy my time at the gym and I am learning to love my strong and capable body in a way I never have been able to before. The workouts are varied and ever changing and surprisingly fun. Things I struggled with in those first weeks wouldn’t even be a blip on my radar now. I feel challenged, but never like I am set up for failure. Even better things I would have never thought I was capable of are now within my grasp (looking at you box jumps and pull-ups!). If you are thinking about taking the plunge, save yourself the hours of research I did and just do something for yourself.
Mark is awesome, even if he is a muggle, don’t hold that against him!