I took a personal trainer up on his offer to try a training session at Optimal. I was fifty, had been working out for decades, and still had close to 160 pounds on my 5’2″ frame. I was bored with my routine, in fact I remember even lying on one of the ab machines with my head phones in and I yawned super loud and he witnessed it, although I’m not sure he remembers. My training began with half hour sessions and I was hooked. The two half hour sessions per week eventually developed into 3 hour sessions and I loved trying to become the best I could be, from a fitness perspective. The startling thing about it is I didn’t know what I was capable of, and I loved exploring it, pushing the envelope, and seeing how far I could go, all under his coaching. I was always surprised when someone asked me if I was training for something, as I was in it simply for fitness and, well, I loved it. However in March, we decided to power lifting competitions a try. On May 26 I competed in the New England Open Power lifting Championships as a Masters lifter in the 132 pound weight category. Although there are things to work on, we won the Best Female Lifter
Award in the meet. I say we, because without the efforts of my trainer and coach, it would have been impossible. USA Power lifting Raw Nationals are on the horizon in August.
Things I learned:
1. You can’t have good form without good coaching. And you can’t have good lifts without good form.
2. There are always more goals to achieve and things to work on.
3. Trust your trainer. He or she has a plan. Go with it and stay the course. You will be surprised with the results.
Thank you for creating such a welcoming environment at the gym. From the start of my membership a couple of months ago, I knew that I had found a home. I find other members to be very warm, generous of their time and sharing of healthy lifestyle information. –