I have been in a constant state of pain since about Chinese New Year in February. And I have to admit – I’m enjoying it.
I’ve had a battle with my fitness for a while now, and always had the usual excuses. Not enough time, too busy with work and the kid. Too expensive. Too lazy. Too tired. Not enough time. I blamed time a lot, could you tell?
But then, as I kept researching and finding different ways to try and get fit (even as my infatuation with running eventually turned to dismay as I got lazier and less motivated with it), I realised the only solution was one that could afford me some sort of flexibility but still well and truly kick my ass.
So, I hired a personal trainer. Actually, I hired Simon Pink Fitness.
Now I know the notion of a personal trainer seems very indulgent. But after working out the costs, it’s pretty much the same as joining a gym and getting a personal trainer there. Except in this case, Simon comes to my place and our sessions are scheduled according to my convenience – there are some days where I can’t make it, so we switch to another day, no problem. And that gave me no more excuses, and I had to do it.
Simon is an unfailingly cheerful man, which is good when you’re up at ungodly hours getting your ass kicked. Most times I feel like I’m about to die halfway through the session, but at the end of it I always feel stronger and better. He uses a combination of TRX ropes, elastic bands, skipping ropes and kettle bells (I hate those things) for the workouts, and every week is always something different, which I like.
It’s been about six months since I started, and I know my body is leaner and fitter. I can easily plank for more than a minute now before my arms start to shake, where before I think I’d have only lasted ten seconds. I’d show you some before and after shots, but I never did any because I’m not that sort. I don’t need a picture to know how much better my body is feeling. Also my goal was never about weight, it was about my health (the weight loss is an added bonus).
Also there’s no picture of me during a session because I’m too busy getting my ass kicked, and I always look a sweaty mess.
So it’s been six months. And this was probably be best decision I’ve made for me in a long time.
[I told Simon I was going to do a review. He said he wanted a 19 word one, so this is the TL;DR version – I got fit by hiring Simon. He kicks my ass. I love it and hate it. Best decision ever.]