I want to thank you for the enormous difference you made in my life. When I came to you, I had never succeeded in exercising over a continuous period of time. Though I participated in some exercises, bicycling and martial arts, I was constantly getting minor injuries that kept me from sustaining those activities. A lifetime of non-athleticism did not give me the muscle strength I needed to really master a sport. I didn’t even realize how my weak muscles were diminishing my enjoyment of life.
After I started working out with you, in a short time, I had increased my strength level in a way that really changed my perception of myself. Where I had been a ‘girly girl’ who would never pick up a suitcase or move a chair, I became the person who could carry all the suitcases, move the table, and bring in eight bags of groceries looped over one arm. I love not having to be helped by the grocery boy!
It got hard to find other women who could keep up with me on my bike. Several men would not ride with me a second time because it was too hard for them. Hah! That was fun.
In addition, the strength training we did, over time diminished and eventually ended the chronic lower back pain I had been unable to get under control with physical therapy or chiropractic treatment. If this result had been the only improvement I got from our work together, it would have been huge and worth all the time and sweat.
When at age 47, I became interested in photojournalism, I knew I could carry the 20 pounds of camera gear I would have to carry every day to do that job. Something I absolutely could not have done at age 41, before I met you. Thanks especially for literally giving me the strength I needed to pursue something I love doing. My top fitness goal now is to stay strong and mobile enough to keep moving with the camera bags.
But, all this would not have happened without your unique ability to be there fresh and aware every single day. Paying attention over months and years to the changing needs of my body and mind. Constantly challenging yourself to challenge me. Bringing new ideas and creative answers to the various body issues that arose over time. I can’t thank you enough for your patience and perseverance, two old-fashioned values that are much needed in our scattered and frenzied world and lives.
Thanks for all the time chatting and gabbing through every workout and for sharing your passions and interests with me while listening to more than your share of bitching and moaning from me. That’s what really got me through all those reps..girltalk.
Finally, thank you for the large part you played helping me reach my physical goals, because it reminded me twice a week of what it takes to reach any goal: consistency and excellent guidance.
With love and awe,
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