May 11, 2014 by Darlene McC
2 years and 5 months ago I became a Personal Trainer at one of the premier fitness companies in the world. I worked at their flagship location in New York City’s West Village for 2 years and 3 months, becoming a senior trainer, mentor, and educator within my club. I worked out 3 to 5 times a week, training for Triathlons, Spartan Races, Lifting Competitions, and even a few Tug Of War tournaments.
2 months ago I was promoted to Fitness Manager at our SoHo location. Now I manage 40(ish) people… and I sit at a desk for up to 9 hours a day. In the signing of one contract I cut my daily steps from 20k to under 10k.
In the last 8 weeks I have developed an incredible appreciation for what my clients go through on a day-to-day basis. The demands of their jobs, the stress, the lack of time. The juggling of energy, demands, weighing employees’ needs vs your own sleep requirements. It’s mind-boggling, challenging, and a reality of what it means to be on a career path in New York City in 2014. But it also means I’ve exercised about 5 times in 6 weeks.
I put on 10 lbs in the first 3 weeks of my new job. It’s an understandable outcome of my new position and stress level; though unacceptable working for a fitness company. As I adapt to my new role I must also mold my new life to fit the parameters of what I want it to be… and I do not want it to be the black hole that my fitness falls into.
And thus #100TrainingDays is born.
Last week on a whim I started Instagramming on the #100HappyDays hashtag. A lot of my college and high school friends were doing it, and it seemed interesting for a minute. But by Day 3 I thought “This isn’t what I need right now. I know I’m happy – that’s obvious. What I need is to work out like I mean it!” #100TrainingDays hit me.
What if I commit to exercise for 100 days? Recognition of happiness isn’t what’s lacking for me; it’s giving wellness the weight in my life that I aspire to. The weight I expect my clients to give it. Just over 3 months should be more than enough time to form the necessary habit loop triggers, right?
For all those out there who just heard the OVERTRAINING bells and whistles: relax. I mean a balanced program that follows these simple rules:
- every day a minimum of 20 minutes of exercise with “intention”, meaning purpose
- if something hurts I just stop
- if something is sore, don’t work that part of me
- yoga, pilates, or dancing in my underwear count if I need a few recovery days
- Photographic evidence required (for me, that’s Instragram)
Get By With Help From My Friends
So I threw this up on Ye Olde Facebook, and people seemed to think it was an OK idea. The first respondent? My mom.
Mom, I love you; and maybe I shouldn’t write this on Mother’s Day… but if I was going to guess the first person who would be gung ho on this, I wouldn’t have guessed you. But you say you’re all in, then you’re all in.
I’m trying to recruit a few clients, but they’re on the fence. In the mean time, I’m making plans. Writing a program and scheduling time. Game on tomorrow.