Monthly Archives: September 2013

Never Judge a Book By It’s Cover

Last weekend I had the honor of presenting my Cross Circuit classes at a personal trainer/instructor convention in Copenhagen, Denmark.9.14.13 195 For those of you who don’t know what Cross Circuit is, it is a combination of strength and cardio using Octane ellipticals and Powerblocks. We’ll go into that more in another post.

I always have a variety of trainers and instructors who enter my classes. Some young, some older, some fit looking and even some not so fit looking. I have been guilty of prejudging them based purely on appearance. This past weekend I took a step back to re-examine that line of thinking while realizing they were sizing me up at the same time.

One particular trainer came and spoke to me after the class. She was older than me (so clearly still very young), and admittedly over weight. She told me she has every ability level in her classes she teaches and always has to modify the workout on the spot to make everyone successful. She told me she yo-yo’s with her weight, but has been teaching for over 20 years. Her strength and spirit impressed me most when I was teaching. She was motivating to the others in the class and her determination was apparent.

So what it comes down to is this – if you are looking for a personal trainer or instructor, don’t always judge them on looks or physical appearance first. A good personal trainer or good group instructor is someone who can MOTIVATE you, INSPIRE you and help you reach your goals. Everyone has different goals. Take the time to get to know your trainer or instructor and learn what drives them. Learn why they look like they do. Don’t be intimidated to start a conversation – We love to talk!

Stay happy, healthy and as always, keep moving!

On the Road Again

Long time no write. But, I’m back and going to share more about my endeavors with training, traveling, parenthood, and Imagestaying motivated to get it all done! I will head back on the road again tomorrow to train more personal trainers in Denmark (as in the country). My Wiki on Denmark just told me it is the happiest country, so I will find out and let you know.

Every journey I have embarked on in the last 2 years has been a learning experience. I have had to learn to adapt to time zone changes, food differences, and figuring out how to workout on little sleep, little time, and little equipment.

If traveling has taught me anything, it has taught me that taking care of me is very important. Taking care of me includes trying (I say that loosely because I have to try new foods in each country) to eat healthy, sleep when I can, and ALWAYS finding time for exercise. I have found when all else fails, I make up a mini-circuit in my room. This generally consists of an upper body, lower body, ab and plyometric exercise. I can get pretty creative. 

So, off I go. I will be back and will hopefully have stories to tell you.