I admit it, I am one of those gym-goers that walks around a little unsure of where I should start and in what order I should work out my muscle groups. I have always been athletic, but I wouldn’t have considered myself strong. I would walk in to the gym and feel like I was not maximizing my time spent in there. Well, that is the person I USED to be.
As a single mom, I was teaching at a charter school, always pressed for time, and looking to change up my fitness routine. I bought 2 Groupons to try some new workout ideas. The first Groupon was for Synergy Personal Training; they offered 2 weeks of unlimited bootcamp sessions and the second was for another bootcamp, which I also tried.
Ready to try something different, I met Coach Rob for a consultation and decided to try different boot camps. I tried both the 5:30am bootcamp and Rob’s 6:15am bootcamp; 2 1/2 years later, I am still going to his bootcamp 5 days a week.
I admit that I bounced around and tried everything from the complex to the simplest of programs and my favorite, by far, is Coach Rob’s bootcamp. His focus on keeping his classes relevant, fresh, and concentrated on proper form, leave me exhausted in just 30 minutes. Rob is constantly pushing us boot-campers to our limits with positive reinforcement and makes us feel like we are in a private sessions with him. In the 2 1/2 years I have been at Synergy, there has not been one injury in our bootcamp. I think our coach’s education and ability to lead a great workout is a key reason we have such a strong core group of bootcamp attendees.
Thank goodness I have never been one to watch the scale because I weigh 10 pounds more now than I did when I started. By the BMI chart at my doctor’s office, I am considered over weight! HA! I have only increased my endurance, feel that I can protect myself if necessary, and I am stronger than I have ever been! The benefits of starting my weekdays in a positive and productive environment, with my fellow boot-campers pours over into every aspect of my life. I am living and loving sharing my life with like-minded people!
What made you decide to hire a personal trainer?
Since I have struggled with my weight most of my life, I have never been comfortable working out at public gyms. Besides being self-conscious about working out in public, I thought the personal attention of a trainer would help me to learn what I needed to change to be successful and build a healthier lifestyle. The positive motivation, exercises, and nutrition coaching with Coach Rob are personally adapted for me. Having a personal trainer has helped me to sustain long term progress, commitment to our plan, and it definitely helps knowing that I have an accountability partner!
At my heaviest my doctor told me I was over 100 pounds overweight and it clearly had a severe negative impact on my health. I had high blood pressure, vertigo, sleep apnea, and terrible migraine headaches. Any one of these ailments would leave me debilitated anywhere from a few hours to several days. After trying multiple treatment plans, doctors, specialists, a briefcase full of medications, and seeking care at Stanford Medical Center, I realized I needed to invest in my health and completely overhaul my lifestyle.
I was referred to Rob and after our first meeting, I knew he was a perfect fit! His calm, positive demeanor, and his ability to understand my apprehension about working out due to my health issues was key. Approximately 5 years before I met Rob, I was successful in losing and maintaining a 90 pound weight loss, but as many of us do, I lost the weight the wrong way. Coach Rob took the time to explain a plan that would generate slow and steady progress. The right way!
To say my first day working out with Rob was a out of my comfort zone, is a total and complete understatement. I was comfortable in the gym because I was the only one working out, but it had been so long since I worked out that I threw up at the end of my work out. Somehow, Rob put a positive spin on me puking my guts out and I have been showing up ever since!
Short on time, but need to get those endorphins flowing..? Try these 3 different workouts:
Full Body Fat Blast A
Jump Squat- 10reps
Db chest Press- 10reps
Plank Holds- 1min
Weighted Step Ups- 10reps/ leg
Bent over Barbell Row- 10reps
Oblique V-Ups- 15reps/ side
Full Body Fat Blast B
Db Deadlift -15reps
Standing Db shoulder Press- 10reps
Mountain Climbers- 20reps
Push-Ups- perform to failure
Standing Db Curl- 12reps
Bench Dips- perform to failure
Russian Twist- 20reps
The Cardio Killer
Air Squats- 20reps
Alternating Lunges- 20reps
Pike Push-Ups- perform for 30secs
Plank Jacks- perform for 30secs
Burpees- perform for 30secs
To get the most out of a shorter exercise session, focus on intensity and attempt to push your body by not allowing for “normal type” rest periods. And as with all fitness programs, check with your doctor or other qualified professional before starting.
Coach Rob, NASM CPT