Working out has been a part of my daily routine for many years. I aim to exercise for forty-five minutes to an hour five to six days per week. It is often the hour that I look forward to the most during the day. It is my go-to stress reliever, and it sets off all of the endorphins that keep me happy and healthy.
I have been a stay-at-home exerciser for at least ten years now. I use a mixture of kickboxing, weight training, and other cardio. I have successfully completed three of the Beachbody programs (P90X, Les Mills Combat, and P90X3) multiple times. Each of these programs generated results, and I would recommend all of them.
Over the past few months I felt myself slipping into a fitness rut and losing my focus. I hit a plateau with my weight loss. I was not bringing the same enthusiasm and energy to my daily workouts. I had to admit that it was time to look in a new direction.
A friend had started working with a personal trainer and attending his boot camp classes two to three times per week. After seven months she has had tremendous results, and she is still motivated and excited about the work she is doing. In early June she convinced me to come to one of the classes with her.
I loved the first class, and I have been attending regularly for over a month now. Terrance, our trainer, is passionate and knowledgeable about his work, and he brings a palpable enthusiasm to every class. He is equal parts drill sergeant and cheering section, and he makes us strive to do better.
A former football player, our trainer incorporates agility, balance, and core work into each session. I have been doing exercises and drills that I never would have guessed I was capable of doing. I am pushing sleds, jumping rope, and doing squats while balancing on a Bosu ball. I am doing walking push-ups the length of the room or, again, on the Bosu ball (or as I like to refer to it, my mortal enemy). We never know what to expect as each class is different.
I am panting and sweating at the end of each hour-long class. I am left feeling a strange mixture of exhaustion and exhilaration. I am tired, but at the same time I am energized for hours afterward. I feel strong, determined, and accomplished. Mostly, I am proud that at forty-four years of age I can do the things that I am doing.
My passion and fitness desire has been reignited. I am looking forward to seeing what changes the next few months bring. I know that in order to achieve optimal results I need to do serious work on my eating habits, too. I am currently locked in a battle with my trainer over my penchant for happy hour versus his insistence that I eat all of the green things. I am pretty sure he is going to win, but that just means I will be victorious in the end.
Now if you will excuse me I must run…I have boot camp in thirty minutes! Cheers! Karen
You can learn more about my trainer, Terrance, and his facility, ESA Fitness here.
As always I welcome your comments and feedback. Do you have a workout routine? What are your favorite ways to stay healthy and fit?
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