“I am stronger, faster, better..”
Aparna Deshpande shares how she has found success along her fitness journey with NAC personal trainer, Katie Mitchell.
To know what Katie means to my workouts you need to know me first – at my ideal weight already, mom of 2, demanding job and a hard-core procrastinator (read: who has time to workout & why exactly do I need to workout?).
I found Katie right after making a move from Boston to Bucks county. I had been working out with a trainer for almost a year prior to the move and all I wanted was a replacement trainer. My goals were simple – keep fitting into my size 2 outfits. What I have achieved with Katie in just a short span of time is far more than that!
After several years of training with a certified personal trainer, I didn’t think I had that much room to grow. Katie has shown me a new way of life and more importantly has helped me set new goals that I would never have set for myself. She has taught me that abs of steel aren’t just photo-shop tricks but it takes discipline to achieve them – dedicated training and watching what you eat. She showed me how girls can lift “big-boy” weights too and a mom can certainly lift more than her kids. Over time she has got my whining self to stop rolling my eyes and see how lifting weights is physical/mental therapy for stress, and wasn’t just another guilty hour away from my kids – it actually makes me a fitter, happier and more energetic mom when I am with them.
She’s found her own ways of motivating me and they actually work. When I complain about how heavy the leg press is – she tacks on another 5 pounds (when I actually then do the set, I can’t but help wonder what I was complaining about without the 5 pounds). When I can’t push the sled anymore – she stands on it instead of the weights and tells me how I’ve been pushing more than her body weight so far.
Katie is more than a trainer, she is definitely a lifestyle coach for me. I am going out to eat at Oishi tonight – make sure you eat the Gopdol with extra veggies and bring leftovers for breakfast, says Katie. I am bored of my same old breakfast – I eat ground turkey with fruit some days, says Katie (who thinks of that?!?).
I am stronger, faster, better because of Katie. Our new collective goal is for me to do pull ups in 2016 and evidently not the kind where she needs to push my butt so I can make it to the top…..
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