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I’ve never had a trainer before, but I recently decided I needed one. I’ve had a number of surgeries over the years, but after the last two—for a torn rotator cuff and an arthritic knee—I didn’t bounce back the way I used to. I’ve always been very active, and I didn’t want to lose that. I’d like to remain independent as I age and be able to continue the gardening and landscaping activities that I love. In the past, I used exercise tapes and a recumbent bike at home, and that seemed enough at the time. But I remained so weak after my last surgeries that I realized I needed professional help to get back to where I used to be.
Between my full-time job and long commute, I don’t have time to go to the gym, plus I prefer to exercise in private. Having a trainer come to my house seemed like an ideal solution, so I went online and found Home Bodies. I really liked all the information I saw on homeexercisecoach.com, and I contacted Gina.
One of my primary objectives was to regain my strength. I particularly wanted to be able to navigate stairs the way I used to and build stamina. I am also at the age where I really can’t take risks with my health anymore. And I knew that losing weight should help my bad knees, so that was a goal, too. I was pleased to find that I could fit Gina’s program in from 5:30 to 6:00 am, which is pretty much all the time I have on workdays for formal exercise. I work out on my own Monday through Thursday morning—using a program customized specifically for me—and Gina checks in with me on Thursday evening, so I get to take Friday through Sunday off. Gina adjusts my form to make sure I get the most out of the exercises. I now realize that I probably had terrible form when I exercised on my own all those years.
Working with Gina has also helped me change my eating habits. I didn’t want a formal diet designed for me, but we have chats about nutrition, and she gives me useful advice. For instance, I already had a good idea of how I should be eating, but Gina pointed out that I should also focus on my protein intake, which I hadn’t known was important for weight loss.
I’ve lost 22 lbs. since January, which I’m very happy with because I’ve accomplished it at a healthy, steady rate.
I do indulge now and then, but I always go right back to my healthy patterns. It really doesn’t feel onerous. I still eat a little chocolate almost every day, so I can’t say I feel deprived. What’s really great is that for the first time in my life, I’m confident I won’t gain the weight back—although I know the only way to do that is to keep on exercising!
I’ve been telling all my friends how happy I am working with Gina, and now some of them are ready to sign up, too. Even an older friend, who’s been having trouble getting out of a chair, is interested in starting a training program. Working with a trainer on a regular basis has made all the difference for me, and I know it can help others. It certainly makes it easier to stay motivated.
I live in Georgetown, MA but I grew up in rural New Jersey. I’m a financial writer (which unfortunately means I’m sitting most of the day). My passions include gardening, reading and artistic projects when I have the time for them. I love nature, including birds and insects, and I even have a fishpond in my yard to add to the enjoyment. Part of my reason for hiring Gina when I did is that I’m planning a trip to Iceland in June, with plenty of physical activity. I’ll be traveling with my 30-year-old niece, who does triathlons, and I don’t want to slow us down.Click here for a Price Quote for a Home Bodies Trainer!
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