My journey to becoming a personal trainer started in the 80’s but I didn’t really realize it at the time. I noticed a lot of books and magazines about women body builders and fitness experts and bought several of them and started trying to do the exercise routines that they recommended. While I tried the workouts, I wasn’t consistent and didn’t see the results because I wasn’t really serious about it and I was working and finishing college and had a lot of other things going on in my life.
Fast forward to the late 90’s and I had started jogging. While I can’t say that I loved it, especially the first 10 minutes, but after that I got into the groove and I enjoyed the high I felt when it was over and the challenge of pushing myself further every time I went out. I ran in some 5k runs and continued to run several times a week increasing my time and mileage every each time I went out.
Now we jump to January of 2009 and I’m changing the sheets on my bed and I go to hold a corner of the mattress up on my knee and I feel something pop and a sharp pain in my right knee. I figure that I’ve just pulled something that I pulled and it would get better. Well, guess what, it didn’t. By the time I finally went to the doctor in March he sent me directly to an orthopedic surgeon and the surgeon told me I needed surgery immediately. He said that not only was my meniscus torn but I also had a fracture in my knee and he was amazed that I could walk at all and could stand the pain. I couldn’t believe it and told him I was too busy and maybe I could do it in April but he must be wrong and I’d think about it. His nurse called me a short time later and explained that he wasn’t kidding and that I did need to get the surgery right away or I could end up making it worse. I scheduled it for April and by the day of the surgery I was more than ready for it with all the pain I was in. I came out of the surgery on crutches for 6 weeks but was told that after physical therapy I’d be back to normal and able to do anything I wanted which was good news. The bad news was that for these 6 weeks I laid around and felt sorry for myself because the only exercise I could get was physical therapy so I ate and ate and ate. AND it wasn’t healthy eating. I ate whatever you put in front of me including brownies, cookies, pasta and sodas. The only exercise I was getting like I said was physical therapy which I went to twice a week and did at home the other days but that wasn’t much. As a result I gained 25 pounds by the time I was released to go back to my normal routine.
The one good thing that came out of the time that I was laid up was that I thought I’d catch up on my reading and realized that all the books and magazines that I had stacked up were all about health and fitness. In the back of one of the magazines I saw an ad about becoming a personal trainer through International Sports Science Associate online courses. I thought about it and thought, why not. I have the time since I’m just laying around so I ordered it then and there. When the materials came I dug right into them and loved every minute of it. I passed every chapter’s quiz and then it was time to take the final exam. In the meantime, I had also ordered Beachbody’s P90X program that I’d seen on an infomercial so that as soon as I could start exercising again I would have it to do. I passed my personal trainer final and was certified as a personal trainer in 2009 and while I was waiting to be released to workout, I read all the materials that came with my P90X program. In it there was a part that said that Beachbody was looking for people who wanted to become Beachbody coaches. Since I was now a personal trainer that sounded like a perfect fit for me so I applied and became a Beachbody coach also.
When I did start working out again I went through the P90X program, then I added the Turbo Jam program, Turbo Fire and then added Les Mills Pump and Les Mills Combat. I loved Combat so much that I also became certified to teach boxing fitness – including kickboxing which I love! I also started helping other women get healthy again and found that most women over 45 don’t like to go to a gym. They’re intimidated by all the young, fit people and the young trainers really don’t know how to train them or communicate with them. http://getfitnowwithcheryl.com/age-and-exercise/im-over-40-im-too-old-to-start-exercising-now/Here were people I could really help! Especially when I told them the true story that happened to me: I had gone to my regular doctor for something minor and had mentioned that I wasn’t eating very much and was trying to eat healthy and exercising but just was not losing weight and his response was: “you’re over 45 – you’ll never lose weight again so you might as well forget it”. I was shocked and appalled and vowed to prove him wrong! Here’s another post I wrote about how exercise can keep you young: http://getfitnowwithcheryl.com/fitness-journey/exercisecanmakeyouyounger/
I was working out 5 to 7 days a week and getting healthy and strong along with helping other women accomplish their fitness goals in private Facebook groups using the same Beachbody workouts and products like Shakeology, that I did. That was the best feeling of all! Then in March of 2014 I started having pains in my right knee. This time I was smart enough to recognize that pain and know that something was the matter so I called my doctor and made an appointment to go in.