Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Summer Reruns - Part Deux

(This one is cool - I never though I'd have the courage to workout with a trainer, but that's exactly what I ended up doing, and this post marks the one year anniversary of that.  I ended up leaving the group workouts after about 18 months, because I was training for my first half marathon, and I'd also quit my job, so the money wasn't around to pay for the training.  While my body isn't the same now and I couldn't do some of the things that I used to, like box jumps (or anything that has me landing hard, thanks to my ankle injury), I sometimes think about going back to BCS Fitness.  It was a good place for me.)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Wednesday Workout Update - One Year Later!

I really can't believe I'm writing this, because if you knew the old me, you'd know how NOT ME this is - but this week marks my one year Exerversary - yes, I have worked out with my trainers for an entire year now! I have to give props to my trainers for pushing me along, because I would not be where I am, physically, without them. So thank you from the bottom of my heart, Brad, Linda, Kara, Andreas and Will. You guys are the best!

In this year, I went from barely walking on the treadmill to running my first mile; yesterday I ran a mile on the treadmill in 11:10. There were tears of frustration shed over box jumps, and finally victory at doing the 12" box jump (still love my medal, Tina!). Along the way I lost nearly 20 inches from my neck, bust, waist and hips, and 43 pounds. I went from wearing size 16 pants to size 8; from XL shirts to medium; my workout capris were size XL and are now size small. I am running every week outside of my workouts - so far this week I've run more than six miles! Amazing - I still shake my head in wonder at all that I am doing. We did skills testing this week - Brad likes to do this every few months to assess our progress. I did a 4:02 plank hold - looking back, I lasted for all of 30 seconds on my first plank hold. I can do a maximum bench press of 105 (one rep), and I did the T-bar row (gotta work those shoulders) with 45 pounds (10 reps). I did 100 curls with 15 pound dumbbells in 3:59, and easily did a 5 minute wall sit.

There are days when it's easy to get up and go to my workout - usually it's nice and sunny outside, and the temperature is warm. Then there are days like today, when I have to drag myself from my nice warm bed, put on cold workout clothes (I should stow my sports bra in bed so at least that would be warm), brush my teeth and hair and run outside to my equally cold car where the outdoor temperature reads 34 degrees, drive through school traffic, doing 20 MPH so the motorcycle cop won't pull me over, and finally arrive at Brad's, where I work my tail off for an hour. The beginnings might be easy and they might be hard, but either way, I'm always glad I went. And that has a lot to do with the people there - my trainers, and the ladies in my group, who are so supportive and just a lot of fun to suffer with workout with! Here is a picture of us today - taken at the end of our workout, so please excuse the sweaty messes that we all are:
L to R: Brad, his wife Kara, Kathleen, me, Linda, Jenny, Nancy

Here's a few pictures of Jenny doing some AMAZING box jumps - for comparison, I did mine yesterday...I managed to hit the 14" jump (after not making it on the first try - surprisingly I didn't hurt myself).
Flying through the air with ease!
This one cracks me up - check out the look on Jenny's face as Brad measures how high she was going to jump (he kept adding weight plates for more height). I believe this was 22" high.And she jumps it with no problem!Moving on to even higher levels, Jenny peaked at 32" - I bet next time she will clear it no problem...she was getting tired at this point.

And just for fun, here's Kara at the start of our five-minute wall sit - she's quite pregnant but doesn't use that as an excuse to not work out.
Arnold is watching her...


  1. I remember those workouts. I used to worry about you! But it does make me want to get out there and do just a little bit more!

  2. I will join you in saying I wish I could afford to attend one of the boot camp style classes in this area (though I'm not sure I want to do box jumps lol). They are just so darn expensive!!

  3. I have to say Shelley, that ever since your fear of the box jumps, every time I see one I think of you!

  4. I remember how afraid you were of those box jumps! And I remember your tire flipping skills :D

  5. I just loved reading this! It reminds me of the kind of excitement and awe/disbelief I had when I was working with my trainer. It's so cool to discover all the things you're capable of doing, especially after years of thinking you'd never be able to do anything like that.

    Although I did have to LOL at the cold temperature of 34.... that's what we call a heat wave up here in the winter :)

  6. Catching up, so behind on blogs because I'm pretty busy.

    But I remember this. When I first started reading your blog you were doing this already for a couple of months. And I remember the box jumps. Wasn't it also this group where you ran your first mile and got hooked to running?

    1. Yep, this was where the running magic first started! :)


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