Boost Your Progress-Work with a Coach
For many, losing weight is a goal, especially as we get older and the pounds go on as our lifestyles slow down. We try eating less, eating different foods, exercising more, and we find that the pounds aren�t coming off like we hoped. We go to the gym and chose equipment we are familiar with. We spend the time and feel good about our efforts. But can we do more? Are we more capable than we give ourselves credit? Are we challenging our bodies, building our muscles, and losing fat?
As we make strides to better ourselves and reach our life goals, we often go to others for assistance. Personal, life, career, job, business, speech, and fitness trainers and coaches are often utilized. Time is set aside for appointments either face to face or on the telephone.
Recently, my husband Mark, and I hired a personal fitness trainer so we could lose weight and tone up. Our trainer, �Iron Mike�, listened to our goals and we got started. He kept a journal of each visit and wrote each piece of equipment on the chart, logging in the amount of weight and number of repetitions we lifted. Exercise on the stationary bicycle followed at a much faster rate of peddling than I was used to.
Now, eight weeks into this program, working out three days a week, I am amazed at the transformation in our bodies, our levels of performance, and the revitalization of our energy. There is no doubt that I am stronger. Mark has visibly bulked up around his neck, chest, legs, and arms.
Looking back, I have learned lessons. Personal trainers can push you further than you would have pushed yourself. They move us beyond our previously set, self imposed limits, taking us out of our comfort zone. They are knowledgeable about human performance and capabilities. As they gain experience working with others, they see latent strength within their clients.
Iron Mike knows that over time, by gradually adding more weight and increasing repetition, performance is improved. He can tell by the way a person breaths, grimaces, and sometimes shrieks out in pain, where the limits of endurance are for that client, that day.
Coaches and trainers show us that what we thought was impossible, is possible. Mark and I have lifted weights that we would never have thought we could lift before. We are using machines that we never would have approached without instruction. We are surprised with the results we have seen in an amazingly short period of time.
On our own, we avoid pain and don�t push ourselves; therefore we don�t get the results we desire. If you want to build muscle, you will feel the burn while you work out. That pain is gain over the long run.
Perhaps there are goals that we could achieve sooner if we had the counsel of a coach or trainer to work with to guide our direction and pace our progress. We can benefit by having someone question our mission, direction, and purpose. We can see the results when someone pushes us farther than we thought we could go. We can learn from their experience quicker than having to learn from our mistakes.
� Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D. would like to read your comments about her column and the impact it has made on your life. She also encourages your ideas for future columns.