I’ve been taking full advantage of this summer’s beautiful weather and running my little heart out. July’s mileage of 140 miles on the nose beat out June’s making it the highest mileage for any one month in the history of my running life! I don’t know if I’ll be able to top that, let alone match it, ever again. That’s what I thought last month though, so I guess we’ll see.
Several years ago when I was side-lined by nagging running injuries, I would’ve never believed I’d be running the distances I am now pain-free.
While I’ve been spending plenty of time outdoors running, I’ve also been incorporating changes into my indoor workouts.
I’ve been getting creative in the gym with new and different equipment…i.e. the functional trainer, TRX suspension straps, kettlebells, ropes, medicine balls, bosu balls, and that guy you see below, who we affectionately refer to as “Bob.”
In April, I took a job as a personal trainer at a small studio gym (that is solely for personal training). We also do small group workouts for 2-4 people. There are only three trainers total (including the owner) and for the most part, we all work with every client at our gym.
We each have different training styles, which means the clients get a different workout each time . Besides the 6 pieces of cardio equipment (treadmill, bikes, rowing machine, ellipticals), the gym does not have traditional weight machines. It does, however, have just about everything else you could think of.
This was my first ever job as a personal trainer (so grateful my boss took a chance on me!), so not only was training totally new to me, but I had to learn how to come up with workouts using different equipment, some of which I had never used before.
The best way to do that was to work out with the equipment myself from time to time. It has been a great way for me to change up my workouts and work various muscle groups with different exercises. To work my chest, I had been bench pressing with dumbbells and doing pushups at my community gym, but at the work gym I could do a chest press on the functional trainer or pushups on the TRX straps.
I really enjoy working as a personal trainer. I am happy going into work and I always leave even happier and in the best mood. It took a couple months for me to get in the groove and really feel comfortable training. It all clicked one day though and I’ve been having a blast thus far.
The best part is getting to meet new people and feeling like I am truly making a difference in their lives. I love motivating my clients to move more, eat better and live healthier. It’s incredibly gratifying to witness them gain strength and feel more confident with each session.
Tell me: How do you change up your indoor workouts?
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