Maureen: I’m here as well.
Sean: I’m sitting on the bench opposite the front desk.
Maureen: So am I.
I pick up the phone and call her.
“Where are you exactly?"
Maureen had gone to the wrong location. She had actually responded to the change of location via email but had no recollection. Self described “blonde and busy” she said "you can’t change the location on me, even if I do confirm by email", she laughed. This week we were at least both at a gym, albeit different gyms which was an improvement over the previous week.
But this time I was determined to make it work and so was she. So after some time spent on the phone and on the road, we were both finally at the same gym.
If you missed last week’s blog about Maureen’s upper body strength training plan, click here.
Once we were on the gym floor, we didn’t waste any time. We went through all the exercises of the program, making sure Maureen knew how to perform them safely. Maureen noted that there were quite a few men in the gym and thought it would be a great way for her female listeners to meet them. Ladies, what are you waiting for?
When she got down to it, she was very attentive and made my job easy by practicing the movements I was demonstrating with great form.
After some miscommunication and a few laughs, this introductory session set a solid starting point for her upper body strength program. Over the next few weeks, I will meet with her at regular intervals to check her progress and to make sure she is still performing all the movements safely.
Back On The Air
Once on the air, Maureen shared her impressions of the program with the listeners. She was happy to “start slow” which set the tone for a steady build up over the coming weeks. She was also happy not to be excessively sore after the first day, although she said she “felt some muscles that hadn’t been worked before”.
-Jennifer Logan-Manzer, Bridal/Fashion Consultant at West Coast Wedding Services, and
-Mimi Lauzon, conscious dating coach and matchmaker.
Tracking Your Progress
There are many ways you can use to measure your progress:
- Bodyweight (scale)
- Body measurements
- Calipers (body fat measurement)
- Before/after pictures
- Numbers in the gym (weight lifted or timed trials)
- How you feel
- How your clothes fit...
...the list goes on.
As you may have heard on last week’s show, you should have a precise goal when starting an exercise program.
Maybe you want to “fit in THAT dress again”, "lose 10 lbs" or "have more muscle definition and strength" in your upper body. As Maureen pointed out, maybe some people would like that “strut your stuff” body. (She’s the sexpert). Be sure to pick the unit that will reflect those changes the most accurately (in the examples I cited you would use 7, 1 and 4/5, respectively).
However, the more ways you have of tracking your progress, the more likely you are to stay motivated even when you reach a plateau. Let me give you an example.
Although you want to lose 10 lbs, your bodyweight isn’t dropping as fast as you want it to. But when you look in the mirror you’re pleased to notice some definition on your arms and stomach and feel much more energetic in your day to day activities. In this case, the scale doesn’t give us the whole picture.
Don’t get discouraged by plateaus - they happen and are part of the process. Embrace these “hard times” by staying dedicated to your long term goal. Be patient and consistent.
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