Dinah Before (on the left)
As I have mentioned before, being a personal trainer is especially satisfying when you see that what you are working with someone on shows results. When a client walks in and their attitude has changed and their body is starting to change, you just feel great because you are helping that person to make a real difference in their life.
That’s just how it has been with my client Dinah. In Part I of her transformation story, I shared with you how she first came to me and what type of goals and regime I set her up on. Now I want to take you a little further into the story and share what happened next!
Because in addition to the weight problem Dinah has MS, I needed to take this into account and tailor her program some around it. She was concerned about such issues as her balance and heating up if she exercised too long or too intensely. So taking that into account, we continued on with her exercise schedule of working out three times per week.
I set Dinah up on the weight machines, doing two sets of 12-20 reps, in order to build her endurance and keep her from getting over worked. Every week we would make small goals toward getting better, and I would focus on getting her to celebrate and acknowledge small wins or victories. This is something everyone needs to do! You can’t always focus on the big picture; you also have to celebrate the little milestones and victories along the way.
As for her cardio workout, because of the concerns she had, I had her focus on using the stationary bike. This would help with being able to keep her balance. Plus, I had her do it for only 10 minutes at a time in the beginning, so it would prevent any over heating concerns that she had in regard to her MS.
Getting started with a new workout routine if you are not used to exercising or being physically active can be a big hurdle. The hardest part is getting started. But once you get going and do it for a couple of weeks, it becomes more like a habit, and you start to not mind it, then you may actually start to love it.
Did all of this weekly exercise and lifestyle changes pay off for my client Dinah? Tune into the next blog to see Part III and how she progressed. You just may be surprised at what some dedication to change can do!
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