The first thing I want to say is that I am not going to lie. When my husband and I started our journey into competitive fitness, we were both skeptical. My husband was training for years before he decided to compete in a powerlifting meet. He had been lifting weights since high school, but it wasn’t until one day when he saw a guy lift over 500 pounds at a local gym that he decided to give weight training another try. At the time, he was only doing bodyweight exercises like pushups and sit ups. After seeing him do that, he knew he wanted to get into strength sports. So after getting over his initial fear of competing, he signed up for a beginner’s class at a local gym. His instructor told him that if he made it through the first week, then they would put him on to something more advanced. He did! He made it through the first week, and then they put him on to something more advanced. That was five years ago. Since then, he has competed in two regional meets (one each in California and Texas), won several national titles, and has been featured on television shows such as “Inside Man” and “Dancing with the Stars.”
My husband is now 42 years old. He works full time as a software engineer for a large company while still competing regularly. He doesn’t have time to waste on things that won’t benefit him, so when he started I could tell that this was going to be a major part of his life from now on. He didn’t need my help, but did want it.
This is where I came in.
I didn’t really know where to start or how to make sure I was giving him the best information possible. One thing was for sure, however: I needed to read up on the sport. I went to the library and I checked out every book on powerlifting, weight training, and physical fitness that they had. I read every article I could find online.
At the time there weren’t many sites dedicated to women’s fitness, which is kind of surprising considering how popular they have gotten recently. I was able to find a couple of resources that helped me get started though.
I wasn’t just doing this for him though; this was for me as well. Over the past couple of years I had flirted with the idea of getting back into shape. I did a little running in high school but stopped when I started college. During my freshman year I signed up for the Crew team, which is a rowing club at my school, but never really pushed myself.
During summer break between my freshman and sophomore years I joined a local gym with a few of my friends. I ended up getting a personal trainer there who was able to get me into shape in less than a month. Unfortunately I didn’t continue going, but it did give me the confidence that I could really do this on my own. After that I would try to go to the gym on and off again whenever I had the time and money. Unfortunately work and school always got in the way.
Now here I am with a second chance to get into the best shape of my life! I can’t waste it this time around.
I start going through all of my bookmarked sites and begin making a workout plan for myself. I set up an appointment with a personal trainer at my local gym so I can get some extra instruction on lifting technique. I tell my husband what I have been doing and he is very supportive, as he always is.
My first meeting with the trainer doesn’t go well. She is a middle-aged woman who knows her stuff, but she is very impatient with me. I think she could tell that I was nervous so in an effort to put me at ease she was barking orders at me. She told me to pick up a dumbbell and when I tried to ask her how much I should lift she just yelled at me to lift it!
I ended up dropping the weight on my foot and then proceeded to cry like a baby. She told me she couldn’t train me if I was going to act like that and dismissed me.
Well I guess it’s back to the books for me! I’ll have to set up a tent in our backyard so that my husband doesn’t see me working out (he hates the outdoors). Maybe I’ll start growing my hair out so I can wear a baseball hat while training.
I’m determined more than ever to succeed at this now. I’m going to get in the best shape of my life because it’s my second chance and I’m not going to blow it.
As I sit here typing this I’m looking over a schedule of classes for my upcoming semester. Instead of registering for the usual classes like I’d planned, I added an Introduction to Personal Training course. I need as much help and guidance as I can get if I want to pursue this profession.
This is my new beginning.
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Unwelcome: 50 Ways Churches Drive Away First-Time Visitors by JC Herz – 2015 – Harmony
Irresistible: The rise of addictive technology and the business of keeping us hooked by J Malm – 2014 – courageousstorytellers.com
Bulky but Still Beautiful: Representations of Healthy Femininity in the CrossFit Narrative by A Alter – 2017 – books.google.com
Irresistible: Why we can’t stop checking, scrolling, clicking and watching by C Madliger – 2015 – ir.lib.uwo.ca
Feel Like It: Makeover Your Motivation To Move and Live Happily Ever Active by A Alter – 2017 – books.google.com