Yesterday was a great day, it started out with me shadowing my boss in his Women's Only Workout group. Yes, it is a man who teaches/leads this group and yes it does seem a bit strange to me too, but the ladies in the class adore him and that is all that matters. The class runs from 9:15 to 10:15 but I had a PT client at 10 so I knew I would have to leave early. I was having so much fun that I forgot until I had to go downstairs to grab a new rubber tube, I happened to look at the clock and realized it was 10:05 good thing my client was running a little late! I raced back upstairs with the new tube and appologized for having to leave the women early and went to meet my client.
The training was for an hour which left me a couple hours before I would have to go back in and fill in on the floor for one of the fitness instructors. So I ran home, had a quick lunch and got some tasks at home accomplished before heading back to work. My floor work went to 5:30pm and then I had a 6:00pm client.
It was somewhere in the hectic hours of the day that I realized that I really feel blessed to have such a fun job. I have to change out of my regular clothes and put on workout clothes to go to work. I get to play with medicine balls, throw weights around and help clients acheive their dreams and goals. For once I get to talk about the gym, working out, sore muscles and everything else that accompanies my career and people actually want to talk about it with me! How could I not LOVE MY JOB!
Recently at work my boss mentioned to me that they need more TRX certified trainers, it took me about two seconds to think about it before I said I would do it. Sunday April 7th I will become certified and I am so excited about this for many reasons.
The first is I will then be able to use the TRX system when working one on one with Personal Training clients.
The second is I love to teach and help people and this is going to not only allow me the opportunity to do group classes but also give me contact with more people who can potentially turn into PT clients.
The third thing is I have been dying to get my hands on a TRX system, but so far have not been able to get in for a class myself.
Below is my story of creating a home suspension system.
I have been reading about TRX since it first (or thereabouts) appeared, but I didn't have the funds to buy a home system. So being the creative person I am I went to the hardware store to purchase items to create my own suspension system for use in the basement. My first purchase of hardware didn't work out the way I wanted so I returned the "stuff" and spoke to a man working the floor. I tried to explain I wanted to hang something from the basement floor joists, he asked what I was going to hang because the hardware would be dependant on the weight of the object. Without thinking I answered, "I am going to hang myself!" His face dropped and he looked at me with a horrified expression. Relizing what I just said, I immediately tried to correct my statement with a very discriptive example of exercises so he wouldn't think I was suicidal. He quickly found what I needed and moved away from me in a rather speedy fashion. My contraption works well but is not ideal.
I have been very fortunate in my life to have had a few wonderful careers. My first was as a cosmetologist, the second a graphic artist and presently a Certified Personal Trainer.
Being a cosmetologist really was a wonderful way to develop my human interaction skills, not only did I learn to refine my communication skills but also how to be comfortable with physical contact with strangers. Physical contact with strangers is not something we naturally are comfortable with and yet as a cosmetologist as well as a Personal Trainer it is something you have to deal with and get comfortable with pretty quickly.
When I left the beauty industry and moved into the design world it was such a drastic move. I went from connecting with people in a very personal way to have little contact with people at all. The office atmosphere can be so impersonal and for someone with 17 years of working directly with people it was a strange environment. On one hand the quiet and solitude of working on the computer was refreshing to my mind. But what I gained in solitude and quiet was quickly disrupted with the stress of constant tight deadlines, office drama, and impending doom of our industry. I continued that career for a little over 7 years. My job as a designer carried me from assistant designer to art director in a short time and I really enjoyed the work for a while. Unfortunately the constant stress was really taking a toll on me and my health and attitude and I didn't like who I was becoming.
I was taught early on that there is supposed to be dedication to your employer and I really believed that. I stayed in my position until the bitter end going through budget cut after budget cut and the eventual restructering of the department and the termination of my position. At first I was shocked, but I believe everything happens for the good.
My fiancé and I moved, renting out my current house and renting a new place where I currently reside with my now husband. I filed unemployment and began the process of trying to find work. It was during my year of unemployment that I finally relaxed and let go of all the stress, tension, and negativity that had creeped into my life. I was able to start oil painting (www.alenasimard.com) again which until this time has been something I loved to do but never had the time. I also made a decision that I was not going back into the office atmosphere.
Which brings me to where I am today!
I have always enjoyed going to the gym and when I couldn't afford that anymore, I put one together in my basement with second hand items as well as handmade pieces. I also revisited a thought I had when I first started working out years ago, becoming a CPT. So I did my research and chose as my educator and got certified.
I LOVE MY JOB!
I am back where I belong, working hands on with people and back in the gym atmosphere. I get paid to help and encourage people to make changes in their own lives. Shortly I will be certified as a TRX instructor (yahoo) and hope to put together some BootCamp classes as well.One of my clients is a 10 year old boy and it is my job to help him develop the strength he needs for his sport of choice, hockey. How great is it that I get to run around a gymnasiam, doing sprints, squat jumps, and tossing a medicine ball around in order to show this young man that exercise can be fun!
Life is full of choices and I am choosing happiness.