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Week 2: Welcome to Summer

It was 85 degrees on Saturday, this morning it is 45 degrees. Welcome to summer inNew England. The swimming pool in my backyard I added water to on Saturday is a mere inches form overflowing as the rain continues to come down.

But so far it has been a very good week. I am learning about osmosis and hydration in my free, online Duke University/Coursera physiology course, I discovered Mike Boyle’s Strengthcoach.com, which led me to enough articles, advice, and video demonstrations to provide many hours of interesting reading, viewing and learning as I continue my journey toward peace and fitness.

And I had my second meeting with Personal Training Candidate #2 who was prepared with answers to my questions, and provided me with a complimentary 1 hour session to show me how he teaches movement, starting with a dynamic stretching warmup, and to have me go through a series of fucntional movements to assess my ability to-well-move.

I have to say, I have not had to go through anything like that in many years, and I was nervous and it was not easy. From stretches to overhead squats, lunges, pushups, planks, deadlifts, and something called the Bear Walk, it was about 40-45 minutes of me listening, interpreting, performing, adjusting, and moving through a laundry checklist. It ended with, “What about pullups?” I think he was curious to hear if I had done pullups, but I am sure by the end of the assessment my answer did not surprise him.

Yes, I can do pull ups. But I haven’t done them in a long time.”

“Okay, well just show me how you would go about doing one.”

Sure,” I said casually and walked over to the bar. But really, I was nervous. Not to worry, I climbed up onto the box, took a deep breath, and pulled my body up three times.

“That was really good, I am very impressed.” And with that ended my initial assessment.

I aced the entire list, which he told me nobody ever does. I was pretty confident my former trainer knew his stuff, but the way things ended between us, I had lost so much confidence, I was filled with self doubt. I guess my years working with him were anything but a waste of time.

“However long it took you to get where you are today was definitely not a waste of time.”

Good to know.

So we will meet for Session 3 later this week and begin to work toward my Beach to Beacon 10K goal, and go from there. I was clear my longer term goal is to become more independent, to be able to go to the gym and workout on my own, with guidance and advice from my coach.

I have learned the hard way not to rely on a personal trainer to be by my side forever. It is not wise, it is not pracitcal and it is not realistic. I am going to be more cautious and communicative up front this time, as I continue to work hard and learn from my experiences.

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