Client Spotlight- Stef G.
Our latest client spotlight focuses on Stefanie G., who is one of our favorite, and most entertaining, clients. When Stefanie walked into our Somerville Ave location this past January, she had hip pain, back pain, as well a history of problems in both shoulders.
Fast forward eleven months, and Stefanie’s hard work has paid huge dividends. The majority of her previous issues have been cleared up, and when Stefanie and Alex aren’t talking about episodes of “The Bachelor”, she’s been busy performing a Turkish Get-Up with 20 kilograms! She’s also getting extremely close to an unassisted pull up, and for someone who had a history of lower back pain, she recently pushed her deadlift into the triple digits. As Stefanie most recently said in one of her sessions: “I’m proof that a total wuss can do kettlebells!”
Here’s more of Stefanie on her progress:
When did you begin to workout at the TR and what prompted you to start personal training?
I signed up for one-on-one training at the Training Room in January 2013. It was my new year’s resolution to finally start paying attention to my body and physical fitness. It had been years since I had any kind of fitness routine I could stick with. I had gotten to the point where I was totally intimidated by gym classes and group sports. I was super out of shape — like winded by a staircase out of shape. Also, I had all sorts of aches and pains. My hips hurt if I walked for a long time, my lower back hurt regularly, and my shoulders hurt. I was like an old lady at 36 years old.
What do you enjoy the most about personal training? What do you find the most challenging?
Getting into better shape was a huge mental roadblock for me. So the fact that I have stuck with any kind of regular exercise amazes me and makes me feel really proud of myself. I feel strong. My aches and pains have mostly gone away, and I can function better in my life. My work backpack no longer feels heavy, and heavy grocery bags are no problem. I would say the hardest part about personal training – and exercise in general – has been making the time to do it and staying motivated to do it. I’m just not one of those people who wakes up and is like, “Yes! I want to work out today!” That’s why the 1:1 training has been so good for me – I’ve made the financial and scheduling commitment in advance and it forces me to stick with it. Also, Alex strikes this amazing balance between pushing me to do more and really listening to me. He never dismisses my feedback, which has made me realize I can trust him to push me without it being too much. I always feel him rooting for me to succeed and it makes me feel like I can do it! I never thought I’d be this strong, and I keep getting stronger – it’s awesome!
What are some of the goals you’ve accomplished? Are there any on the horizon?
It’s funny because my primary goal so far has been to just show up. If I can get myself to the TR, I know Alex will help me take care of the rest. But I guess I should also mention that I recently made the TR “Board of Fame” for doing Turkish Get-ups with 20 kg. I have to admit, that felt pretty great. And I am getting pretty close to doing an unassisted pull-up! I do have a new goal of working out at least 4 times per week, so that I continue to gain strength and endurance, lose weight, and most importantly, manage stress.
How has your outlook changed?
I found myself looking in the mirror this morning and thinking, “Hey, maybe I can be one of those inspiring women one day who does cool things like rock climbing and mountain climbing at age 60.” I would have never thought about that 6 months ago. My dad, who is almost 70, has been working out daily for more than 20 years, and at his recent physical his doctor told him his physiological age is 15 years younger than his chronological age. I used to think I could never be like that, but now I think, hey, maybe that could be me too. I now view fitness as a lifestyle I’d like to maintain for the rest of my life.
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