I’ve never been one to care about where I go to the gym. Growing up I was always dancing or playing a sport and by the time I graduated college and ended my competitive swimming career, all I cared about was if the gym had a pool or not. It wasn’t until recently that I started to really take a look at my overall health and wellness routine. With coaches always telling me what to do to stay in shape, and parents encouraging healthy eating habits, I had no real reason to give my exercise routine extra thought.
Now that I’m a handful of years out of college (dear god.), I find that I have a ridiculously difficult time allotting a portion of my daily schedule to working out. I get into these phases where I absolutely crush the workout game for a couple of weeks and make a serious effort to eat healthily. But then I find myself traveling, or moving, or working and I fall off and have to start all over again.
Currently, I’m at a crossroads. I’m about to embark on a life changing journey, but have a buffer period of about 5 months to truly shape up (in more ways than one). Coincidentally, Equinox approached me about a partnership just before this limbo period began. My hope is that through out the next 6 months of working with Equinox, I’ll be able to find a regime I can not only commit to, but feel good about as I enter the next phase of my life.
To begin this journey, I kicked off my new membership by meeting with Tier 3 trainer, Paul, at the Dartmouth Street location in Boston. Being a former athlete, I’ve been told many things and seen many specialists and coaches throughout my life. However, I’ve never had a trainer take the time to assess my physical capabilities, listen to my past injuries and experiences, and then pretty much fix the problems immediately. Don’t get me wrong, he’s not a magician, but he was able to instantly point out a few simple things that I was doing incorrectly and I’ve already seen results.
In business, they tell you that in order to be a “go-getter,” you need to “lean in.” What they don’t tell you is that philosophy shouldn’t translate to your physical stance. Apparently, I’ve been leaning forward and placing most of my weight on my toes. Because of this, I’m straining my neck and screwing up my entire body alignment. As you can imagine, this can affect the way my body responds to certain exercises and result in injury or discomfort. Thanks to Paul, I’ve been strengthening my core, working on my alignment and making strides towards achieving better form.
My journey to a fit and healthy lifestyle continues to evolve and change as I figure out what works for me. Right now, I’m really enjoying the new techniques and exercises I’ve learned with Paul. His knowledge coupled with his kind demeanor make him an excellent and respected trainer. I definitely appreciated his patience and encouragement as I navigated realigning my body and focusing on my breathing. I’m looking forward to incorporating what he’s taught me into the rest of my Equinox journey, and beyond.
*this is a sponsored post – all opinions are my own
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