I’ve now had 5 sessions with Ricky, my personal trainer.
Until I started, I didn’t realise that this was what I was meant to be doing all along.
I’ve never liked exercise for the sake of it. I only started running because it was the only exercise I can do straight out of my front door – no excuses.
As I ran more I realised that it was great for clearing my head. I had my best ideas while running. But I still didn’t enjoy it. It was always hard work and never fun.
I ran the London Marathon in 2012 because I was given the chance and couldn’t say no to an opportunity like that. I hated the training and I didn’t enjoy the marathon at all. I enjoyed the sense of achievement.
Still, I was looking for something.
After the court case I wanted to start reclaiming my body. But I only believe in doing something that you can see yourself doing for the rest of your life. I don’t believe in short term fixes.
I started playing squash again but that is dependent on someone else to play and everyone is busy. It’s not a reliable regular form of exercise.
I thought about classes like Yoga and Zumba but I didn’t want to go on my own and it’s still exercise for the sake of it. I wanted something I can stick to.
So I started looking for a personal trainer. I hate exercise that gets me out of breath (one of my millions of issues). I know enough about myself to know I won’t stick to something like that.
So when a friend said Ricky was great I got in touch.
5 weeks ago I had my first PT session with Ricky and I loved it.
It’s strength training. Lifting weights. It’s challenging. It’s knackering. But in the way I love.
In the first week Ricky let me try a bench press. I couldn’t even lift the 20Kg bar with no weights on it.
On Monday I went for my 5th session – the last in the block that I’d paid for.
This time I did a bench press and was able to lift 25Kg. I can now lift the bar on its own for 8 reps.
5 sessions. I love the way it is possible to progress so much between each session. The first time you try something it feels impossible. But it’s almost like introducing your body to something in the same way you might let a horse see a fence before you ask it to jump it. You show your body an exercise with no expectation that it will be possible. Then the next session you repeat the exercise and miraculously you can now do it.
It’s so much fun. I enjoy the feeling the next day of the aching muscles. I enjoy the very real sense of progress you get between one session and the next. There is a real sense of achievement and progress in each and every session.
So I’m in. This is me for the long haul. I am upping it to two sessions a week and I’m going to be doing that from now on.