#100TrainingDays

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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.

#100TrainingDays starts Monday

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6 thoughts on “#100TrainingDays

  1. mybodymytime says:

    Great post thanks for sharing

  2. […] 1 of #100trainingdays started for me with a ViPR workout focused on mobilization. While it’s only 6 kilo, the red […]

  3. […] my original #100trainingdays post I mentioned my new job – as trainers we often have clients whose lives are structured […]

  4. […] out my original post if you’d like more information on my #100trainingdays. Shout out to aMerryPrankster starting Day 1 today and Code Name: mom for sticking with it. Yeah, […]

  5. […] All and all, this is a great idea… but we’ll see what I feel like day 53! Please join me – original motivation and my personal rules of engagement here. […]

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