Monday, December 30, 2013

It's been a while

So it's been quite a while since I've posted anything and I have been busy these last couple months. 

With the holidays, I was crazy busy working two jobs and doing my shopping for my family so now that it's over, I can get back to me and my normal. 

I start teaching group TRX classes at the Carlisle Family YMCA so I've been working on my music for them and I'll design the classes later seeing that I don't have access to the room where I'll be teaching for a couple more weeks when they're done with the construction. 

I'm still having trouble with my ankle and Achilles, but I'm well on my way. Physical therapy can do wonders! I'm on an accelerated program due to when my classes will start, but it's a good thing I have a great strength base from being a trainer as I think others could have quite some difficulty with many of my exercises without good core strength according to my therapist. 

My husband and I had a good holiday and we are both looking forward to ringing in 2014. I'm still hoping to run a half, but I'll see where I am. The NYC half marathon would be good, but I need to be patient. Happy holidays and have a safe New Years!

Monday, August 26, 2013

My clients never fail to make me smile

I absolutely love it when people I've trained in the past keep in touch! Not saying that I don't love hearing from friends no matter how long since our last conversation (cause I REALLY do!), but there's something special about someone who keeps in touch from time to time just to say hello and ask for tips.

This particular client I worked with for somewhere around a year and a half to help her achieve her goals when it came to her fitness. I loved talking about our current relationships, the stupid/silly things our other halves did, and how much I laughed when I knew I was being cursed at in her head (to which, most of the time it was denied) when I would push her through a wall in the workout. But no matter how much she dreaded my "fun" workouts, I remember her having fun despite the fact that I was pushing her outside of her comfort level. She always thanked me after our hour long sessions, said she would be back, and she always did.

I shared her ups and downs, the good times and bad, and I felt that I was a friend that she could confide in and could help her burn a few hundred calories while still being able to put a smile on her face. I helped her sweat out her anxiety when she was going back to school, sweat out her anger and sadness when her heart was broken, I cried with her when she told me new of her mom, and gave her a hug when I though she could use one. I still remember telling her every day that I saw here, even days I didn't, that she was a strong person and that she could make it through anything, and that I was there for her if she ever needed anything. That was my job for her because although I was her trainer at the time, I was a friend and friends are always there when you need them the most.

She was able to achieve many goals during our time together. She hit her goal weight, had gained significant amounts of strength, and the biggest of them all: she overcame her fear of water and became a stronger swimmer. I haven't forgotten the day that I saw her swimming and was completely relaxed in the pool. I've never felt so proud of the job I do.

We still stay in touch and although I'm almost 600 miles away and haven't seen her in over a year, I still smile when I get a message from her regardless if it's her saying hello or asking a training question. It feels good knowing that I can still have an impact on peoples lives doing what I do and it makes every hurdle I have to go over, boot or no boot/injured or not, totally worth the effort.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Wanting to be better

I've been talking with a lot of members lately who are older and the common theme when speaking with them is how exercising is affecting their joints in their hips and knees. One in particular was a former sprinter and jumper like me, and he's awesome because there's not too many people around here who talk track or understand the sport, which is so refreshing.

As we were talking, he was asking many questions (which is good!!!) about targeting specific muscles that he feels aren't being worked due to his hips and knees. What he was unaware of was that although he was using our selectorized equipment correctly, he wasn't paying much attention to what his body was doing. Sadly, this is more common than one may think. With a few corrections and tips, suddenly he was feeling the muscles working that he hadn't previously felt, and he was excited! He then went on and asked about other machines and wanted to know what he wasn't doing with them, then our free weights, etc., etc. Another big thing we discussed: doing exercises that target and improve his balance and stability, which are crucial to having a strong core. That strong core can and will improve balance, hip, knee, and ankle stability, and lessen the chance of a fall as we age. It's not going to eliminate all problems with age, but it will certainly help lessen the odds.

While I am an affiliate for TRX and I'm very much addicted to using it, for those with joint pain, it's a wonderful tool to use. He asked to try it out next week as he's eager to see how he can go back to doing squats and lunges without pain, something that he hasn't been able to do for a long time.

I love doing what I do, which is why I always want to be better than I was yesterday. Many trainers rely on what they've done in the past and aren't open to hearing what's new in the industry, but the great ones use those experiences to learn, grow, and look toward the future to be better. Settling is not an option for me. I want to be better tomorrow than I was today.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

When one door closes...

I've always been told that when one door closes, another one opens.

While I've always believed this statement to be true, along with 'everything happens for a reason', I can't help but wonder when that other door will open for me. Clearly I wasn't meant to have two of my previous jobs for longer than I did, but I can't help but feel helpless, even when I'm doing the best that I can with my given circumstances. I've contemplated going back to school and although there is a college locally that offers what I think I'd like to do, but it is very much a religious school. I have nothing against religious colleges and universities as I attended one for 6 years, but from what I'm reading about this school and differences from where I previously attended, my past education was about educating and developing the person as a whole through spirit, mind, and body, not religion, though they do go hand in hand in a way. Ironically, when I began looking at colleges to attend, this particular institution was one of them, but what turned me away from it was how religious the school was with their education and it was in the middle of nowhere. Funny how all these years later, I'm looking at the school again and am still turned off by how religious they are, but I keep wondering if fate is trying to tell me something. Religious or not, it is a good school and well respected. I did contact them recently, inquiring about the program I am interested in, and now I am waiting. I'm in no rush, but part of me wishes they would respond soon. The ball is in the air. Now I wait for it to come down.

There are times I wonder what my life would be like if I chose differently for the many different choices I made. But at the same time, I wouldn't be where I am today without those choices, and so, I will look ahead and continue to make my own choices, but I have no doubt that something will come out of all this, good or bad, and I will learn from it and continue to move forward as I have done all these years. Everything happens for a reason even if that reason is unknown to me, I know that reason was what was best for me at that moment.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Half Marathon Training on hold :(

The hardest thing for me being a runner is being injured and not being able to run.

Running for me is a stress reliever, lets me feel the wind in my face, and can take me to anywhere my legs will take me. I was training for the Harrisburg Half Marathon that was to take place on September 8th, but now will most likely not be happening.

I've been rehabbing my neck/upper back and lower back for about 3 1/2 months and added my leg about a month ago, but as of last Sunday, the pain got to be too much while out on an easy 2.5 mile run with my husband. I've had a few restless nights due to an intense throbbing around my ankle and am going to my doctor on Wednesday to hopefully find out what's wrong with it since therapy isn't helping, not even to manage the pain. Though one of the therapist assistants who I've been working with today said "I still stand by my statement that you shouldn't be running" (today's statement was said in a condescending/"I told you so" tone and she told me that I shouldn't be running 2 weeks ago despite that that was the 3rd week into my training plan) while the head therapist had told me to take it easy and don't push myself too hard. So, since Sunday when the pain increased, I did one day on an elliptical and one day on a bike, neither of which is affecting the pain in a positive or negative manner.

What's even harder is that doing my job has become increasingly difficult as a personal trainer. While I need to be cognizant of my pain, I also have to be able to spot, demonstrate, and do everything else that comes with the job. I'm hoping that I find out soon what's wrong so that I can stop doing what irritates it, even if it means going back into a walking boot for a while. Until then, I will find other ways to stay in shape and get stronger.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Finally: an all women's sports channel!

Click here for the whole article about the channel.

An online "channel" called JanetTV has been created that will feature only female athletes from all sports all the time! Pass the information along!

As a female myself, I like watching other women compete in track and field, which is my all time favorite sport. However, the only time I get to watch any track and field is during the Olympics, major championships that are on ESPN twice a year. Now I can watch my favorite track athletes more often :)

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Static stretching pre-workout: reasons why you shouldn't do it

To read the article, click here.

I have always said this to my athletes and although I too am guilty of static stretching my calves before I run, I also try to dynamically stretch them also, or to stretch them through movement.

Dynamic stretching helps warm your muscles up and prepares you to workout, especially on cold days if you're outside after a 10-15 minute warm up. With warmer weather coming every day, that still means that you should still dynamic stretch and get your sweat on. Static stretching typically should be saved for post-workout after a 10 minute cool down.

The article is a good one and further emphasizes what I tell my track athletes: if you dynamic stretch well and correctly, you should be sufficiently warmed up and ready to go as soon as you finish. You can also have fun with them also.

Have a happy workout. Go out and get your sweat on!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Fit With Flash: It's a big day for LOVE!

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Positive Thinking

I tell my athletes just about every day at practice and especially at track meets: you have to stay positive. Negative thinking only harms their athletic performance even if we, the coaches, think they had a great day. One negative thought can bring you entirely down.

The same is true when I'm working with clients in a gym. If you start thinking things along the lines of "I can't do this" or "This is way too hard" so forth and so on, you'll never accomplish what you set out to do. I'll admit, I've had days where I don't feel like working out or going for a run cause it's raining or it's too cold, but I still do something, even if it's 50 pushups or 25 crunches for each area that targets all areas of my core. And I always feel better afterwards.

As the saying goes, what you do is 90% physical and 10% mental, I believe it 100% accurate. You're body will do what you command it to do, but believing and thinking that you can do something you never thought possible, well, that just gives you that extra something that someone else doesn't have.

Here's the link to the article I read and decided to pass on: Positive Thinking. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did because for me, it just cements what I believe and what I've been telling others for years.

Stay positive!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Plyos can burn more calories

Here's the link to the article: Plyometrics has exercisers jumping

I put my athletes that I work with at DC through a plyometric workout at least once a week, twice if they're no meet. It pushes them out of their comfort zone yet allows them to work on movements that will help them sprint and/or jump for each of their events. The results they've gotten having them added in: more explosion out of the blocks, quicker turnover in their strides, and more drive with their arms and legs. But you have to perform the movement correctly or there's a higher risk of injury. Start off with simple plyometrics and gradually build to more difficult ones. I don't know about any of you, but I wouldn't go out and run a marathon without training and working up to that distance.

Try jumping an invisible rope to start if your goal is box jumps, or squat onto a chair to work up to squat jumps or single leg squats. No one will think less of you starting easy. It just means that you took one step more than the person who chooses to do nothing.

Have a great workout! Get after it!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

I was accepted into the program for TRX!

I've been accepted as an affiliate for TRX! Until I can figure out how to include a banner on my blog, here's a link for you to get your own!

Get a TRX Suspension Trainer for your home gym

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Coming soon I hope...

Fingers crossed that this comes through for me!!!

I applied to be part of the affiliate program for TRX today and I'm hoping that I get accepted into the network. On days that I'm not 'Trainer Kelli', I use my TRX Suspension Trainer regularly to maintain and build my fitness level, even on days I can't get to the gym (outside of working with my clients or scheduled shift or track obligations). As a trainer, I think I get asked at least 4 times a week about what it is and where someone can get one because I break it out regularly with my clients. I absolutely love my suspension trainer not only because I can get a killer workout in 30 minutes either at the gym or at home, but because I can take it anywhere (my parents or in-laws houses, the park, track practice, etc.) due to it's ease of portability! It's addicting and my passion for using this piece of equipment has grown exponentially since getting certified in April 2012. My next step: getting group certified for the suspension trainers in May of this year.

If I get approved, I will be able to put a link on my blog where you can purchase one through me, which in turn helps me be able to purchase more trainers, which I can use to grow my clientele and the number of people I can group train with them. My goal is to be able to purchase enough that I can hold classes (6 people in each to start is a good goal I think) regularly at multiple gyms in the area I live in. I know that's a stretch, but hey, nothings impossible with the help of friends and family :)

I'm new to blogging

So this is my first post ever for a blog!

I think I'll include a little about me personally and professionally and go from there.

Let's find out how this goes for me shall we? :)