“I have “worked out” all my adult life, but I never learned how to ‘do’ anything in the “gym”.When I graduated college and had a little money coming in, I joined “Moore’s Nautilus” in Dayton Ohio – my first real “gym” – they had a set of cardio machines, free weights and of course Nautilus machines. I learned how to do the Nautilus as I went around the gym, by reading the info plates on the machines. I even extended my membership for 10 years – at $1 a year – during one of their promotions because I was pushing more reps and more weight. Then I got married, we moved, raised 4 children, and for exercise I would go to the local rec center or the local Y for their Nautilus machines. But it was on for 6 months, or a year, then off for 4 months, and back again. Weak – strong – weak – strong. In shape – breathing hard up the stairs (when did I take up smoking? How many stairs was that, 10?) – and back to being in shape.
This whole time I was working out ‘on my own’. It was going ok, because other than gym fees it was cheap enough. I didn’t want to pay $70 an hour for a personal trainer.
As time when on I became frustrated at the lack of progress. I didn’t have a program and didn’t know enough to create one, and I knew that to live a long and healthy life I was going to need a base of strong muscles and bones to carry me through. And it just wasn’t fun anymore, doing the same thing over and over again.
Then Cal Fit came along, about a month ago. Aha! I thought, I have to try this! It would be my workout buddy, so going to the gym would be easier. I wouldn’t have to come up with workouts. The workouts would be progressive. I could check in virtually, ask questions, and be coached. And it wasn’t $70 an hour!
Cal Fit takes the guesswork out of my exercise program, and that’s the biggest deal for me. All I have to do is plan the time of day that I go to the gym. I take my phone, and I go do the workout. When I’m done, I go home. It doesn’t get any simpler than that!
Another key is the virtual communication. It’s great to have someone interested in how your workout went, keeping tabs on your progress. I haven’t missed one workout in the first month, even during my traveling out of town. I think this is because I have my ‘workout buddy’ helping me stay the course.
The other big thing is the videos. Each workout document comes with embedded links to a Cal Fit youtube video for each exercise – so I can see where my feet go, how high to lift the weight, where the head should be positioned, etc. I pull the videos up on my phone, watch for a few seconds to see how the exercise is to be performed; check my form in a mirror as I am doing the exercise; and between sets will sometimes play it again for a refresher. Yes, there are a ton of exercise videos out there on the web. But which one do you choose? And, is a link for the one you need right there, in the workout document, that you can click on? The Cal Fit videos are so important. There is no “how does this go, again?” They keep you on the correct form – every workout, every exercise.
So far, after one month, I am starting to feel my whole body getting stronger. I am no longer training a specific, narrow set of muscles on the Nautilus machines. The workouts are different and interesting. I even get personalized replacement of workout exercises that I can’t do (yet!) because of a bad shoulder.
There is also a Cal Fit Facebook page with info, a group calendar, and a blog with recipes among other resources. Information comes your way each day, helping you to live a stronger, healthier life.
If you, like me, prefer to work out by yourself – but would rather not rely solely on #1 – Cal Fit is a great way to go. It works for me. It will work for you, too!”
– Client, Timothy Grace, Month 2 Week 1
*Pictures shown: Week 1 – Week 20