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Getting a trainer

Sometimes I need motivation.

What I’ve noticed is that running and exercising with someone else tends to make the workout more bearable while also inviting more intensity. It might be a friendly rivalry; or it might be a sort of cooperation. We compete against ourselves; maybe against each other; or pushing each other to work as hard as possible.

The other day when I went to White Plains middle school I saw a trainer with a fairly athletic man in his 50s. The trainer clearly followed a strict fitness routine. The trainer was working hard to restore the client’s athleticism with a variety of challenging compound exercises.

More trainers are doing functional, high intensity, body weight exercises. My previous trainer, who I had in 2003, had me do a variety: running (I did an 18 minute mile, I think), air squats, some strength training. But we didn’t bench press the full range of motion, and he didn’t emphasize nutrition. I got stronger, but I didn’t lose weight.

But I think I’m ready to try a trainer for a brief time again, to keep me going strong and focused.

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