Going Easy on Yourself at Home

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Since I became a personal trainer, one of things I noticed is that I seem to have less time to workout than I did when I was just a regular gym-goer. I have even blogged about how this trainer needs his own trainer. Over the years, when I worked with a trainer, I was pushed a lot harder than I push myself–which is why a lot of us get personal trainers in the first place. Now, I have to rely on myself…and sometimes I go too easy.

I have noticed that some of my clients (many!) are taking the easy route too during this period of isolation and social distancing. I communicate with them about what they are doing to stay fit and from some I get either “I go out for a walk” or “I’m mostly just sitting on my couch.” This is not a formula for long-term fitness. Much of the progress that we make on our fitness journey can be undone quickly if we are not persistent.

As many of you know, I have been doing a daily online workout through Facebook Live. I create the workout every day. I find that now I have the time to work out longer than I usually do. Not only that, these workouts are pushing me harder than I would otherwise. I cannot wimp out when I know that people out there are expecting a good workout each morning. Also, unlike people who log into the workout, I cannot just leave in the middle or take a break. I’ve got to keep going!

I saw a meme recently that said “You will either finish this period in the worst shape of your life or in the best shape of your life.” True dat. Most of us have a lot of time on our hands now. It is a great time to catch up on books we’ve been meaning to read, binge-watch that new series, or do that puzzle that’s been on the shelf for a few years. It is an even better time to commit to our own good health and fitness. Now is not the time to go easy on ourselves. Now is the time to build ourselves up. We’ll be glad we did–not just now, but when this period in our lives finally winds down.

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The Comfort of Familiar Faces

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Today the Personal Trainers from the JCC joined in on a Zoom call. It has been 10 days since our facility closed and there is no determined end in sight. It was great to see co-workers–even if over the internet.

We spent most of the call talking about what we have been doing to reach out to clients, etc. As many of you know, I have been offering almost daily workouts (light weights, body weight & cardio) through Facebook Live. You can find the FB group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/657944601631108/. Other trainers have been sending videos to clients, Skyping workouts, or emailing training plans to them. One of the trainers noted that she was wary about doing her own workouts online since it seems like nearly every fitness professional out there is doing it. One of our supervisors noted–and I think she is correct–that while there may be lots of videos and live sessions out there, people like to see a familiar face. There is something familiar and comfortable about seeing your own trainer leading the video or showing you a workout. This is especially true now when we are socially isolated. It is wonderful to see a face you know.

Who knows how long we’ll be in this COVID-19 mess? Follow the rules recommended by the CDC and your local government. Also, keep active; don’t let the progress you’ve made disappear. There are so many resources available on-line…but remember to reach out to the fitness professionals you know best. They know you (or are willing to get to know you) and understand your needs and interests. Reach out. We are happy to help!