Posts Tagged ‘Aspirations’

Inspiration is a 2-way street.

May 10, 2011

I have an amazing clientele.  New Yorkers from all walks of life come to me every week for their dose of laughter, inspiration, muscle fatigue and the sheer joy of life that comes from exerting their bodies: to transfer that physical strength into mental toughness.

Just as my clients come to me for their dose, I need them to follow through with their homework, to achieve goals they have imposed upon themselves.  I don’t ask for much, just that they take accountability for their actions during the other 23 hours that I’m not breathing down their necks.  Because if they don’t, I can’t do my job.

There is no way I’d be any good at my job if it weren’t for the unique group of individuals I train on a weekly basis: bankers, lawyers, actors, surgeons, teens, retired folk, CEOs, students, mommies, brides, grooms, you name it.  My people suffer from all kinds of difficulties:  diabetes, joint replacements, blindness, arthritis, osteoporosis, hearing impairment, chronic pain and eating disorders, just to name a few.

I am inspired by the guy who works 7 days/week but still makes time for himself.  I am inspired by the mother who didn’t sleep last night but came to me anyway…for a stretch.  The man who describes that all he sees on a daily basis is different shades of black and fuzzy gray but wants to improve his upper body definition?  Pretty humbling.  The girl looking for clarity in her self-induced starvation moves me.  The man who can’t sleep more than 3 hours because he’s in so much pain but shows up with a smile?  Very inspirational.

…and I complain that I only got 7 hours of sleep last night.  Or those last 5 pushups were too difficult so I quit.

Puts everything into perspective, doesn’t it?  Inspiration is a two-way street.


Mind over matter.

April 29, 2011

Whenever I’m mulling over a particular roadblock in life, it’s usually nothing that a long run, a conversation with a close friend, a boxing session or yoga class can’t cure.  By tackling a problem head-on, I find that I accomplish more, procrastinate less and feel like I have more control over my life.

Typically, my distractions are nothing more than fear getting in the way of my dreams, my success.  Fear is nothing more than an internal roadblock, an emotion that can lead to hysteria.  Reality vs hype.  Once I face it, it turns on it’s heels and runs away.

Finding the calm is a learned talent for me — unhinged, I’m a drama queen.  For this reason, fitness is my daily affirmation to face fear directly, to not back down to the hype, to charge ahead into my unchartered territory of life.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

-Mark Twain

Go get it for yourself — don’t let life pass you by.  Live.  Feel.  Sweat.  Agonize.  Experience.  You get one shot at it – today won’t come again.

Rock your body. Proudly.

March 10, 2011

As a trainer, the pressure to look the part can be overwhelming. Many close to me know that I have never been stick thin, never will be and have no desire to try achieve something that just simply would look ridiculous on my frame. Turning curves into muscle is an art I have mastered, and let’s face it: hard bodies are WAAAY awesome. So I rock it whenever I can and show those stick-thin dancer-wanna-bes that booty IS in style, outward strength translates to inner strength and when knee-high boots don’t fit over my calves I put on heels!

Of course the desire to cheat when nobody is looking is always there.  Keep no nonsense in the cupboards:   stick to a menu plan and pack healthy snacks to munch on throughout the day. Every meal, snack and workout is a reflection of who we are on the whole:  make each segment of your life one to be proud of!  Live your truth by syncing your mind and body and be someone you can be proud of. Plan for success and you will succeed.  If you strive for your very best and compare yourself to no one, you will rock the body your momma gave you!

Leading by example has its rewards.  Be an example to your kids, neighbors and friends.  Maybe you, too, will inspire someone to follow suit!