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November 25, 2013

FIT FOR LIFE: Lessons learned from 2013

Tonawanda News — As we are approximately 82.7 percent through the year, here are my thoughts in no particular order and for no particular reason.

• Taking guitar lessons has made me a better personal trainer. Doing something I have no previous experience with and paying for lessons has helped in the following ways: It puts the process of obtaining a skill set(s) in perspective. Contrary to my false sense of confidence, I sound no where near like Jimi Hendrix after a year of lessons. I can say with a 100 percent certainty that I have made way more progress, in quicker time, and have developed less bad habits than had I attempted to learn guitar on my own. I also can relate to my own clients better in the sense that, there were days were I didn’t want to practice or go to my appointments. Not wanting to disappoint Randy from Generations Music, I practiced and kept the overwhelming majority of my appointments. This was a valuable side effect of lessons/scheduled appointments.  

• More and more new/perspective clients are doing more damage to their bodies by undereating than overeating. Yes, you read that correctly. Too many gym-goers, (men and women) are eating way too little and doing way too much cardio in an effort to lose weight/body fat. This ends up being a disaster long-term, as some clients can’t lose weight on under 1000 kilocalories and upwards of 1.5 hours of cardio per day. If this describes you, please see someone qualified to help you. 

• Obtaining a second gym location has been crazy. First, I never imagined one location, let alone two. Overall, this has been a positive experience. Having the responsibility of both locations has of course added some stress, which is where guitar lessons has also benefited me. Sure, working out will always be my great stress reliever, but taking on a challenge that involved different aspects of my brain has been great. While taking guitar lessons, I’m not worrying if there’s toilet paper in the locker rooms, if Ann Marie has a bad attitude today or if Jim is curling in the squat rack again. 

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