The Power of a Personal Trainer

Unlike the other founding members of Cincinnati Losers, I’ve actually been a member of my local Y for over five years. In fact, part of the reason my husband and I bought our condo is that it is so close to the R.C. Durr location where we are members.

The first two years we were members, we worked out in the pool religiously. When we were really in the groove, we went seven days a week. But, as John Lennon once said, “life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” And life happened to us in a big way. We quit eating right and lacked off on our workouts.

Many times during this slide, I considered taking advantage of the personal trainers at the Y. I even went so far as to get the form I needed to fill out and got the name of a personal trainer who was recommended to me. But, I never did anything about it. When the Why The Y project was proposed, I jumped at the chance to work with a trainer finally. And the trainer assigned to me (Lori) is the person I was told to request!

Lori and I met for the first time last Thursday. We went over the ActivTrax program and she gave me a strength test to see where I should start with my workouts. Because of my bad knees, my cardio is going to be mainly in the water on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (hopefully with my husband). On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I’ll do the workouts that the ActivTrax creates for me. I may add a bit of pool work too on the days when I have time.

To be honest, I was suppose to get in some workouts this weekend, but a weekend of vegging out was just too appealing. But, then I remembered that Lori is going to be checking out my workouts on ActivTrax so I was back at the pool this morning. We ended up only have enough time for 30 minutes of water jogging, but that’s better than nothing!

It’s so nice to know that someone is keeping me accountable as I move forward on this next step of my fitness journey. And that’s one of the many advantages of working with a Y personal trainer!

–Carla