We’ve all heard the old cliche, “If I can do it, anyone can do it.”
Phrases like these become cliches for a reason: Because they are (usually) true.
I was the serious student in a family of athletes. At my older sisters’ basketball games, I read a book. When we had to run in gym class, I was always one of the last to finish. I quit playing softball when I was 10 because I didn’t like it and wasn’t any good at it.
As an adult, I would periodically join gyms to lose weight. It never worked. I found the entire atmosphere intimidating. The long lines of cardio equipment, the weight room full of machines and barbells, the fit people running around in spandex while I felt like a blob in my t-shirt and baggy sweats. There was no joy or feeling of accomplishment. My entire attitude was punitive: I was fat and unacceptable, and so I had to suffer through exercise I hated to be thinner. I had to become less.
All I ever lost in those places was money.
If you think you have to be an athlete to strength train, I have good news for you:
If you think you have to go to the gym every day to see results:
If you think you have to starve yourself to see results:
My experience at Ludus Magnus Gym has shown me how so much conventional wisdom surrounding diet and exercise is devastatingly wrong. We are killing ourselves with these tired methods that set us up to fail. We are running endless hours on treadmills and drastically cutting our calories and enduring deprivation. And while these methods may sometimes yield impressive short-term results, in the long run we end up worse off than when we started, and we can’t understand why.
I will never promise anyone that if they follow my “plan,” they will lose X amount of pounds in X amount of time. That’s not my goal for my clients.
My goal for my clients is to be their ally. To assess their individual needs and guide them through a process of lifestyle change that helps them gain strength in body and mind. I want my clients to experience the same feeling I have, the feeling of walking out of the gym having accomplished something they never thought they could do walking in. Weight loss is a side effect of this process, not the desperately-sought for goal. I want to help them become more, not less.
If you are interested in Gaining to Lose with Jennifer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 614-517-2520.