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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Looking Back on the Results from a Year of Personal Training at Equinox



My personal trainer, Zack Gray at Equinox Chestnut Hill, helped me "Take it to the next level," this year.

Without it, I wouldn’t be the better person that I am today.

His training for balance came in handy when I was cleaning out my garage of piles of wood and garden hoses. I turned to walk, and tripped on the hose, then stumbled onto the pile of wood, landing on my feet in the middle of the driveway. Unscathed. It was like ballet!

On our trip to Iceland, we had a roundtrip 50 minute walk through a dormant lava field, to a dormant volcano, which we entered and descended down to walk on the volcano floor. Again, his balance training came in handy on the uneven and loose rocky volcano floor. Once down there I demonstrated some balancing exercises for the family.

Traveling was made easier too. When I first came to Equinox, I had sciatica, a sore shoulder, and back pain. Now I don’t have any of those ailments. Lifting carry-on luggage was easier.

Before starting my exercise program, my wife had to tell the grand nephews that Uncle Steve couldn’t pick them up. Now, they fling themselves at me from the stairs and can I catch them and carry them around when needed with no problems.

Last year I could barely get up off the ground after weeding the garden. Now, no more problems.

Finally, before starting, I had poor posture from sitting at a computer for years. Now I stand taller and am aware of my posture. A longtime friend asked, “Have you gotten taller?”

Thanks to Zack for all his guidance, including eating advice. I enjoy our sessions. Zack is a great representative for Equinox.

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