First, I should probably disclose that I’ve never been a “gym person.” Sure, I’ve had gym memberships before (big chain gyms, even the old Spectrum that used to be in this very spot!) But, I’d rarely go. And when I did go, I had no idea what I was doing and saw no results. And truth be told, I really hated going to the gym (or doing anything exercise-related for that matter.)
I decided to join Henry Mayo Fitness & Health after a rather frank conversation with my doctor in June. The message was clear: you only get one body... do something about your health before it’s too late. I procrastinated for 4 months, but I finally signed up at the end of October right before the follow up with my doctor, so I could at least say I had started going. During the facility tour I met Robert Padilla, one of the personal trainers. He encouraged me to sign up for a free health assessment and equipment orientation with him so that I would be off to a good start.
During the assessment, Robert asked about my fitness goals. I explained that my doctor said I needed to lower my triglycerides, avoid diabetes, lower blood pressure, etc. Robert politely responded that those were my doctor’s goals, but what did I hope to accomplish? I thought about it for a minute and told him I’d like to lose weight, build strength, and feel better. And maybe I’d like to become one of those people who actually enjoys exercising and going to the gym. He wrote them all down and said he was confident I could do it. Robert seemed passionate and enthusiastic about helping me reach my fitness goals. I had a personal trainer at another gym in the past, and it was a miserable experience. I was a little hesitant, but Robert seemed like he knew what he was talking about. So, I took the leap and signed up for personal training with him three times a week.
It is nearing the end of December now and I am shocked at the progress I’ve made. After 5 weeks, I have lost 12 pounds and 3.5% body fat. I can feel a little firmness in muscles that have long been hiding under my cushy layer of fat. But more surprising than the physical progress is this: I actually like going to the gym. In fact, I look forward to going! That, people, is totally Robert’s doing. He goes to great lengths to create challenging workouts for every session. He makes it fun, despite the fact that my poor lazy body is sweating and screaming at him the whole time. But, it feels so good afterward; and not just physically, but the sense of accomplishment that comes with it.
Robert is encouraging and patient, he’s fun to talk to (which is great to distract me from thinking, “I can’t keep going... I need to rest!”), and he is a great teacher. He explains a lot about how the body works, which has helped me understand the strategy behind the exercises he teaches me.
I have a LONG way to go before I reach my ultimate goals, but in just a little over a month, here’s my progress: Goal 1 - lose weight? Check. Goal 2 - build strength? Check. Goal 3 - feel better? Check. Goal 4 - actually enjoy going to the gym? Check. I can honestly say I wouldn’t have been able to make such progress against those goals without Robert’s help. He is amazing. Oh yeah, and my triglycerides, blood sugar, and blood pressure are almost all back to normal. In just 5 weeks. Wow!
Is personal training three times a week expensive? Hell yes. I could have a new BMW for the price I’m paying. But let me tell you, it’s worth every penny. If you’re going to invest the time and effort in improving your physical fitness, shouldn’t you make the most of it? I could be haphazardly using the various machines at the gym and supplementing that with advice from Dr. Google. But nothing comes close to having an expert at your side guiding you along the way. If you’re serious about making a change to your physical fitness, I highly recommend Henry Mayo Fitness & Health, and Robert Padilla.