What an Old Man Taught Me About Working Out

This is gonna seem like its coming from left field, and has nothing to do with fitness. But stick with me, I’ll bring it back around like neon clothes. (You remember, they used to be the thing then they weren’t and now all the cool kids are wearing them.)

Here we go:

I’m gonna tell you a story about an 87 year old client I’ve been training for a few months.

Every time we train he comes in and warms up on the stationary. Then we go on to lift weights, I mostly focus on improving his posture and balance. When you’re 87 you don’t care too much about how you look, you just wanna keep your mobility.

In our time together he has improved his balance and I always jokingly tell him that he’s an inch taller since we’ve worked on his posture. This may or may not be true, I didn’t actually measure but it certainly looks like it.

Anyway, this man has trouble remembering things, if I ask him how his morning was he pauses and just doesn’t remember. On most days he asks me how my morning went and if I was busy. I’ll answer him then we’ll go on and do a few more sets or move on to another exercise and he’ll ask me again how my morning was and if it was busy.

We have good little talks and I work hard to make him feel comfortable and entertained. We have built a good rapport with each other even though he doesn’t remember very much and each conversation is like the single serving relationships Edward Norton had when he traveled in Fight Club.

One day, interestingly enough, he stops and tells me how much he really enjoys our conversations. I was a bit baffled but also honored. Here is a man who has trouble remembering even the smallest things and he tells me he enjoys our conversations.

I thought about it throughout the day and it led me to remember some advice I had once given my brother: people don’t remember what you say, they only remember how you make them feel.

The compliment from this dear old man is proof that even if people don’t remember what you say they remember how you treat them. He doesn’t remember what he had for breakfast but he told me he enjoys our conversations. What an honor.

This was all possible because I have always been attentive to him and I truly do care about his well being. And I do everything I can to let it be shown.

Without further ado I’ll bring it back around to fitness: the way you live your life will reflect in the way you exercise. If I were the type of person looking for a shortcut I could have kept quiet, walked the old man from exercise to exercise and never made a connection. But the same way I don’t skip workouts or look for the easy way out, I didn’t cut corners in my relationship with this old man.

This works the other way too, if you cut corners when you workout, chances are you also try to find the easy way in life. This is wrong.

Just as my hard work paid off with a heartfelt compliment with the nice old man I train, your hard work will pay off when you give your all to your workouts. And the person who will thank you will be you.

So work hard in life and work hard in the gym because what you do affects not only you but all of the people you come into contact with.

Be the best person that you can and I’m willing to bet a highlighter yellow pair of Nike shorts that you’ll look and feel the way you’ve always wanted to.

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About six months ago this website was nothing but a thought in the back of my mind. I go to fitness websites all of the time and I read a whole lot of valuable information. I always thought that I too could put out valuable information, but I never really thought I actually would.

 

Then my sister called me and was asking me about the process of choosing and hiring a trainer. I'll just go ahead and assume that she didn't ask me to be her trainer because she lives about 60 miles away from me. But that's beside the point, I was teaching her the ins and outs about the process of getting a trainer at the particular gym she goes to. When she found out that the person she wanted wasn't actually going to be her trainer and that he wasn't actually a trainer at all, we were in need of a solution.

 

She suggested to me that I be her "virtual trainer". At first I denied her request and referred her to an online training site that I knew of. I had seen a lot of online trainers and to me they were just people who were in really good shape but didn't spend too much time actually training people. So the thought of being an online trainer was sort of an insult to what I believed the value of training to be. I thought that you could only help people with in person training. I was looking at it in the wrong light.

 

In reality not everyone needs an in person trainer and technology is a great way to help people. So I decided that I would be her online trainer. What I didn't know was all of the work that would go into making a program possible for her to learn and perform without me being there. She was in decent shape, but wasn't experienced when it came to lifting weights.

 

I started out giving her the workout program I had written for her for that month and attaching YouTube videos to it. But what I found was that there are a lot of videos out there that show some pretty atrocious form. There was only one solution, I had to make the videos myself.

 

So I began by making a list of all of the exercises I use with my in person clients on a daily basis. I ended up with over 100 exercises! That meant I would have to record over 100 videos. And the funnest part about it was that I had never filmed myself! It was a scary thought and I didn't know where to begin.

 

The process of recording took a couple of months, couple hours a weekend. Then came the editing and the most difficult part: voiceovers. If you think you’re brave try listening to your own voice. Unless of course you’re Kenny Chesney or Al Pacino, then you should love the sound of your own voice cause its awesome.

 

Anyway, I finished all of the videos and put them on the site for my online training clients. And I’m pretty proud of the way they turned out. Check out the bloopers from the recording process.