One Woman’s Journey Through Personal Training and Beyond…

Last year I was con2013-06 Sandra Photo shoot (2)tacted by someone I knew from a business networking group.  She had experienced an injury which resulted in a frozen shoulder.  This limits range of motion in your shoulder and can be quite debilitating.  Left untreated, it can take a very long time to heal.  She was undergoing physiotherapy but the injury made her very aware of the need to consider a fitness program.

After an initial meeting and intake session, Anne was ready to get started.  She offered to provide me with a journal item after her sessions so I could see my training from my client’s eyes.  I welcomed the feedback and she kindly agreed to allow me to share the funny and heartfelt journey with you.  I hope you enjoy this training experience through her eyes and body!

Visit #1:  “For any person carrying around more weight than they should, or feeling way less active than ideal, sitting down with a personal trainer can be as intimidating as a fresh round of rabies shots.  So you have an idea of how nervous I was to talk with Sandra O’Hagan about fitness training. 

Sandra herself is staggeringly fit and really focussed on the necessity of strength training and good eating for healthy aging (thus the intimidation factor). What I didn’t realise is how gently respectful she is of where each of us stands, what goals we set for ourselves and how we define success.  She has even created her own gym space so that her clients don’t need to feel intimidated by the large gym experience. Plus, she’s got a great laugh that acknowledges the humour that is also part of this journey.

So although it’s a scary step, it’s inviting too. I don’t know how successful I will be. But I am ready to take the first step … with Sandra.  And after all, we’ve got to start somewhere, right?”

Visit #2:  “Getting ready for my first ‘real’ session with Sandra was more nerve wracking than a date with a really fabulous fella.  My bedroom was strewn with clothes tried on and discarded.  The reality I had to admit was that no amount of draping or dark colours would change my outline.  So I sucked it up and headed out to Sandra’s place.

You know all those TV shows about the humiliation and hollering involved in motivating people to change their body shapes? Well apparently, Sandra doesn’t watch those shows. 

Sandra is gentle and encouraging as she gets you started. She watched for vulnerabilities in my strengths so that she will know where to build and where to be careful.  I have a shoulder that’s a little weak at the moment – she was more careful of it than I was.  And where I was already a bit strong – she offers such encouragement that I already felt like a huge winner.

While the facts are still the facts – and the mirrors are truthful, Sandra really knows how to make the whole session completely stress-free.  It was actually “fun” and, trust me, I never thought that would be a word to describe a workout!

As I left, I am proud to share – I may even have felt the tiniest twinge in my legs, I think it might be a muscle waking up.  They’ve been sleeping for quite a while, so this might be a bit of a shock.  I am delighted to report that Sandra’s “Starting Gate” is a happy place!”

Anne’s journey continues next week…please check it out and provide comments.

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Posted on: March 1st, 2014 by Sandra O'Hagan No Comments

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