Doug has a family history of heart disease that strikes very young.
Need a North Andover MA in home personal trainer? So did Doug - and the rest is history!
Doug Alexander of North Andover MA began training with Gina just four weeks ago, but he’s already showing tremendous progress: he’s eight pounds lighter than when he started, and he’s becoming more and more fit by the workout. This is partly due to his muscle memory, because he has been in great shape in the past—but also due to his dedication and hard work.
When asked what programs he has followed in the past, Doug replies, “I have tried them all!” 10 years ago he worked out 5 days a week with weight training and cardio. Doug has a familiar story: after getting married, starting his family, and coming into more responsibility at work, he began to fall out of shape. Now he’s carrying an extra 30 pounds that he wants off!
Doug found Gina by searching on the internet for in home personal trainers local to North Andover. He explains, “My first goal was to lose weight, a lot of weight, but to do it correctly, over time, and then be able to maintain the weight loss. I want to get back to my ideal weight of 165-170. Twice before, I had gone on the Atkins diet and was able to lose over 25 pounds each time, and lose it very quickly. However, once I stopped, the weight came back on even faster than it came off. This just did not seem healthy to me, and the last go-around, I got pretty run down from that diet. Also, I had to go on blood pressure medication at a very young age and was told I had to start exercising and losing weight to get my blood pressure under control without drugs. I have heart disease in my family, and I want to prevent heart problems early in life like my father had. Getting a coach and getting serious finally seemed like the thing to do.
He continues, “I have played sports all my life and had many coaches who motivated me and taught me a lot. I finally decided, due to the many failed attempts to get healthy on my own, that I needed a coach again to teach and motivate me. It worked in the past!”
Doug thought a home trainer would work out best for him. “Gina was able to fit me in early Saturday mornings every week, which was great—I’m not sure I’d find that with a lot of trainers. Upon meeting her, it became clear to me quickly that she is an expert. What I thought I had been doing correctly was wrong. Gina explains why she has me doing what I’m doing, and it all makes sense. So far, this program has exceeded my expectations. It has only been four weeks, but I am excited to continue to learn and follow Gina's program as it changes and gets harder. During my first workout with Gina, she told me that she will actually ‘fire’ her own clients. She explained that if she works with someone and that someone is not following the plan and remains overweight and out of shape, it’s not good for her business. As soon as I heard this, I knew I found my coach, great motivation for me at least.
You can’t beat the accountability that comes with having an in home personal trainer. I see Gina every week at a convenient time and have to answer as to whether or not I did my workout and diet plan correctly for that week. Each week, we review my diet and exercise log that I keep myself, and Gina gives me diet advice and refines my workout routine that I am to follow for the coming week. Right now I work out 6 days a week: 3 days of weight training and 3 days of cardio workouts. Alternating these on different days is working well for me right now. I have the makings of a home gym that I had started to piece together and enjoy working out at home more than going to a gym. Gina is also giving me advice on ways I can round out my home gym which is great.