My baseline measurement for my upper arm was 10 1/2 inches. And more than a month later I clock in at — wait for it– 10 1/2 inches. Not because the exercise program failed to work, but I failed to keep it up. While working out alone at home is certainly convenient, its also way too easy to skip and forget. There are no triggers like a class to attend to remind me to exercise. And when I do exercise I’m pretty certain that I’m not really doing the movements properly. I still keep clunking myself on the head with the weights, especially when I lift them backwards over my head. After most workouts my back is burning and I feel achey for several days. I’ve had disk problems before and I’m always wary of exercise moves that are followed by back pain.
It became clear that I needed some help to get me on track and keep me there. Over the years I’ve signed up for exercise classes, but I couldn’t keep up. They were too fast and there were too many repetitions. I can pace myself better with home videos but they could be too easy to skip. This time, to be successful I decided to hire a personal trainer for a few sessions. The bulletin board at the gym in my building was covered with business cards from trainers. But who should I call? What qualifications should I look for?
For honest and accurate advice I turned to my good friend fitness guru Mirabai Holland. For more than a decade Mirabai served as the Director of Fitness and Wellness Program at the 92nd st Y. Then she took her skills public and if you watch QVC you have probably seen Mirabai and her amazing exercise videos. Her credentials are impressive and include GOLD certification by the American Council on Exercise (ACE), The American College of Sports Medicine ( the top organization), Medical Exercise Specialist certification form the American Academy of Health Fitness Professionals. Next week I’ll share the roadmap she gave me to find the best trainers for my needs. And here’s a hint- it involves Skype.