I have been a fitness client of INLIV's for about 5 years. I came to the trainers at INLIV after my body had been put through many years of neglect, caused, in part, by corporate “busyness” and a young family. I didn’t feel good about myself and knew something had to change.
I still remember my first testing session; it was both embarrassing and motivating at the same time. My body fat percentage was high, my muscle tone and strength were low and my “endurance” was non-existent. I was not feeling great at this point, but my trainers were very encouraging and focused on the positives, such as my commitment to make a positive change to my health.
As time passed, I became stronger and stronger, both mentally and physically. Instead of dreading my time at the gym, I began to enjoy it. I credit my early personal trainers for this transformation. They each brought a diverse background in sport and fitness and shared their experiences with me. I tried to do the same with them on subjects in which I had knowledge. In short, it was more than just a trainer and client relationship—true friendships were formed.
Fast forward to 2010…and I have suddenly become a runner!
I’m not sure how this happened because I used to have a strong disregard for running. I give full credit to my trainers for setting lofty goals and having high expectations. We started out relatively slow, building up to 5 km, followed by a 10 km Destination at the Mother’s Day race this past May. I would have been happy to pack it in at that point but then my trainer asked “why don’t you do the ½ marathon in Vegas in December?” Well, who can argue with Vegas right? So off we went.
My running has continued and I’m actually looking forward to the Vegas ½ marathon and trying to keep up with my trainer! I’m hoping to finish the race in around 2 hours but, given this is my first half a marathon, I guess I’m guaranteed to set a personal best. No matter how I do, I know that I am much healthier and happier, and thanks my friends at INLIV for pushing me to this point and being so encouraging.
Dean successfully completed the half marathon in Las Vegas and set a personal best to be proud of!