One of my strengths as a fitness trainer is that I have strong empathy . . . I can relate to my members' struggles. It is my belief that if I can feel how my client feels, her experience is enhanced and progress is ensured. With a "Start Where You Are" approach, I have found the greatest success for myself and for those whom I train, when the workouts are designed to be just beyond the client's current fitness level (as determined through assessments). I make sure he has the tools required to bridge the gap, and he gets to figure out how to make it happen. On the other hand, an ineffective method of building fitness is to begin by guessing rather than assessing where a client is starting from . . . introduce a canyon sized challenge . . . and provide no tools to overcome it. This latter method is what gives fitness programs a bad name . . . with high drop-out rates. But through physical assessments as well as inquiring into the client's exercise history, a more complete picture is created . . . showing me how to best help them achieve their goals. [The beginning of this picture is painted during our No Sweat Intro:]

As for being able to relate, that comes from the simple fact that I also have to work really hard to achieve what I have. And likewise, if I don't keep working towards my goals, I too can lose ground.  But because most people who know me at this point in my life don't recall a time when I was heavier and less fit, it is easy for them to think I've always been this way and will continue to be this way. 

Instead, the truth is that it is all about consistency through a process. The only magic involved is hidden within the simple beauty that our bodies are designed to evolve. You provide enough opportunities for your body to adapt . . . and it will. More than wizardry, it is a matter of cause and effect.

As a gift to any of you who are interested in how this is all pulled off . . . the getting slimmer, stronger, fitter bit, I have created a private FB page where starting today, I will chronicle my journey back to fitness. Just as I shaved my head in solidarity with my mother when she lost hers to chemotherapy, I have methodically gained 15 pounds over the past few months and have let go of a good portion of my strength. Why? So that I can show you how simple the path to wellness is. Is it easy? Absolutely not. Is it complicated? Not really. Is it doable? You bet.

If you are interested in joining me on my 12-week journey to feeling great, click here.

As the Taoist philosopher, Lao Tzu was quoted to have said: "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." Come take that first step with me.

-Coach Rebecca

Rebecca Boskovic