I’m turning 36 tomorrow and it feels really big this year for some reason. It might be that I’m over the hump of 35 which means I’m slowly (or, at lightning speed, rather) entering my late 30s. And stuff is… changing. My body feels different; my metabolism definitely feels like it’s slowed down a bit; I’m storing fat in weirder places than before; I’m more prone to aches and pains; cause and effect actually exist in the realm of food and alcohol. Go figure. Don’t get old, kids.
35 has been a HUGE year for me in terms of what I’ve learned has and has not worked for me as well as for my clients. None of us are getting any younger but, damn it, that doesn’t mean we should interpret aging as, “Ho, hum, I guess I’ll just settle into my fate of this crusty, achy existence.” So, in case I fall into the trap of self pity on an “I’m feeling old” day, I thought I’d make this list to look back on to feel better.
Here is my Top 10 list of Stuff I Learned from being 35:
And with that I wish you a happy weekend. Take care of yourselves, y'all!
Jennifer's strength gains have come so quickly to her it's made my head spin! She came to me almost 6 months ago to help her get strong enough to run (BTW: I LOVE THAT. Sign of a super smart and responsible runner). She has taken to deadlifts, squats and renegade rows like a duck to water, is thisclose to hitting her first pullup and is always super focused every time she walks into the studio doors. Best of all, her confidence in the gym has increased significantly.
Not only does Jennifer kick butt at TruFit Evanston, she's been known to take her herself on runs in and around Millennium Park she also goes hiking in national parks with her family, introducing her daughter to the great outdoors AND physical activity at a young age.
What were your initial goals when you started training?
I started working with Izzy because I was planning to get back into a running after taking a long break (5 years!) and I was looking for some help including strength training in my workout schedule to prevent injuries as I increased my mileage.
How do you think your sessions have helped you out?
As far as running goes, as I’ve built up my strength I’ve gotten a lot faster, and with Izzy’s help I’m targeting specific areas (like my calves for achilles tendon pain). I sit or stand at a desk working on a computer all day, and as a result I’ve been dealing with neck and shoulder pain for years. My neck and shoulder tension and my posture have both dramatically improved since I started working out with Izzy.
What do you enjoy most about training?
I like that Izzy pushes me to do more challenging things like deadlifts and pull-ups that I’d never try on my own. For the first time in my life I’m starting to feel strong!
Is there anything surprising that you've discovered with strength training?
There is a lot you can do with just bodyweight exercises. They are a lot less intimidating than all of the fancy gym equipment and you can do them anywhere.
Do you have any fitness goals for this year?
I’d like to keep building my core strength, and hopefully do an unassisted pull-up!
How would you describe your philosophy on working out and nutrition?
Running is meditative for me and I’ve found that it’s a great way for me to deal with stress and anxiety. I try to eat whole foods as much as possible and I’m mostly vegetarian. Since I’ve started working out more I’ve been focusing on getting enough protein in my diet.
If you have any questions about strength training, weight loss, nutrition coaching or coming in for a consultation with IzzyFit Personal Training Evanston, don't hesitate to email or call 312-497-8999!