In the last 4 years it has been challenging.
Things changed after I turned 52. That’s when my personal trainer at the gym had the foresight to create next-level workout routines for me.
With her help I started lifting weights for 30 to 40 minutes 2x per week.
I could no longer workout at the gym for 50 minutes 3x per week.
I’m the proudest of this achievement:
In January 2014 I could dead lift with the trap bar 205 pounds.
That was impressive considering I’m only 5 feet tall and weighed 120 pounds at the time.
After I turned 52 my former female trainer took a different approach to create workout routines I could do in my living room.
See the Home Gym category for information and sample exercise plans.
My current trainer is a guy I’ve worked with for over one year so far. He’s an exceptional trainer just like the old trainer was.
For the holidays I gave my trainer a $50 bill.
The gym I go to attracts hardcore fitness buffs. The trainers I work with create Upper and Lower Body routines for me to do that I can do on my own. Every 6 or 7 weeks I meet with the trainer to get a new routine.
The trainers respect and are impressed that I have the ability to lift weights on my own every week.
No trainer has been upset that I don’t pay them to train me in one-on-one sessions every week.
It’s not only that I couldn’t afford to do that. It’s that the gym gets crowded. You’re crunched together sweating. It can be hard to find room on the mat or a machine that is free.
It was auspicious that I hard started exercising at home in May 2019.
In March 2020 when New York City shut down the gyms closed. My gym didn’t open again until early September.
Since September I have lifted weights every week. Either 1x per week or 2x per week. I haven’t missed a week of exercising.
In the coming blog entry I want to give readers a shot in the arm of confidence about getting fitter as you get older.
My experience could be empowering.