How She Put Herself Together (After The Gym Tore Her Apart)


How She Put Herself Together (After The Gym Tore Her Apart)

Want to hear a great story?

Like so many people, Sandra thought she was doing the right thing.

She went to a gym, hired a trainer, and did the work.

Sounds reasonable, right?

But what if the well meaning trainer is injuring you? What if they won’t modify your workout to meet your specific needs? What if it felt like you were throwing your money in the garbage?

You make a change.

And that’s what Sandra did and that’s why she’s featured as our VIP Spotlight this month.

Here’s Sandra’s story in her own words …

I had been going to [a big box gym] for several years and met with a trainer once per week. I spent a lot of money each month on weekly training sessions and I was getting the opposite results that I was looking for.

I wanted to lose weight and when I was gaining weight I got the usual story that I already knew … that muscle weighs more than fat. However I went up a size in clothing and that was definitely not what I wanted.

I also went through a few trainers.

I had a trainer that I spent more time listening to and counseling him on his personal life then he spent time training me. The other training I had did a great job of pushing me to do more than what I thought I could do, but in the end, I had a knee injury and shoulder injury while I was working out with him.

Because I was injured then I had to modify or in some cases my trainer still pushed me which made matters even worse. I also noticed that the trainers never modified the sessions to fit my body type, age, sex or personal goals.

The workout I received was the same workout the younger guy after me got, but maybe his weights were slightly heavier than mine.

When I saw this happening I realized I was throwing my money away.

Around the time I was thinking this, I remembered walking up the stairs in my home, holding onto the rail to get up the stairs because my knees hurt.

Also, I had torn my rotator cuff and could barely raise my arm to undress without being in pain.

I thought what the heck, I’m 52 years young, if I am having these issues now, what will my life be like in 5, 10, 20, 30 years from now?

I refused to believe that this was how it was going to be. I’m way too young!

I decided to do a google search for a yoga studio in the area because I realized I need to do a more low impact exercise that also incorporated more stretching.

Thought I’d give this a try and just see if this would help me. That’s when I found Winter Garden Yoga.

I was a little nervous going to my first class because I really didn’t know how much I could or could not do and I didn’t want to look stupid.

I loved the first class and knew this was exactly where I wanted to be and signed up for a membership right away.

I started going twice per week and within a couple of weeks I was no longer taking Advil or Aleve every day for my neck, back and shoulder pain.

I would sleep great at night and I could move my neck around and it no longer hurt. I’ve had upper back/shoulder pain for years and years and was now pain free.

I was amazed!

Within the first month, my knees no longer hurt. I could actually walk up the stairs without holding onto the rail and I really didn’t think that yoga would have helped this.

I have a very stressful job and during yoga practice, I’ve been taught how to breathe which has significantly lowered my stress level at work to the point that my co-workers have commented and asked what I’m doing differently.

I had gone to see a doctor for a shoulder injury from the gym and was told that if it didn’t get better with the pain medications they gave me and a few exercises they showed me, I would need surgery.

The pain medication provided temporary relief and the exercises didn’t help that much, but after several months of yoga, I am now able to bring my arm over my shoulder without any pain. Getting dressed or putting dishes in the cupboard is easy to do again. I really thought surgery was inevitable and extremely happy that this was taken care of with yoga.

Feeling good affects every aspect of your life, and I’ve found myself to be much happier and have a better outlook on life now because my stress level has been lowered, I can take longer walks and can easily chase my dog up and down the stairs when we are playing.

I’m also able to take care of projects around the house that I wasn’t able to do with my injuries and was going to
pay a lot of money to have someone just change a lightbulb for me because I couldn’t reach my arm up in the air to do it, so appreciate getting my independence back.

It’s obvious to me that Brian, Karen and the other instructors truly care about every person that walks in the door.

They want to make sure I’m reaching my goals that I have set for myself and they check in with me to see how I’m doing and offer help in any way that they can.

I love that I can have a very stressful day at work, go to WGY and leave feeling completely centered, calm and ready for the next day.

I make it a practice, as they recommend, to leave everything at the door when I walk in. This way the yoga studio immediately is calming for me when I walk in the door.

A belief is only a thought you keep on thinking. So if you think you can’t do it, then change the thought and try WGY. Make the investment in yourself, your health and your future.

Is it time for you to make a change?

Brian Friedman

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