The Joy of Coaching

Everyone is good at something. No matter how good you are, or what it’s at, you can always learn something else, or benefit from idea sharing or advice. In my last post I talked about my first lesson with a real, live, RKC Kettlebell instructor. I’d been going it on my own for some time now. I’m doing ok, but definitely don’t know it all, so I sought out a good instructor and had an excellent workout.  I’ll definitely go visit him again, but, one lesson and a small arsenal of Kettlebells and weights does not a solid fitness program make.

I’ve started a new chapter in my fitness quest. I’ve enlisted the help of a qualified coach, Sandy Sommer, to help me with my workouts. Sandy owns Charm City Kettlebells in Baltimore. He offers distance coaching as well and I’m his newest client. I’m excited about this as everything you do that is worthwile needs a plan and work to make it happen. Fitness is no different. Funny that we talked about this in Sunday School today, the difference between Good Intentions and Living Intentionally. You can have the best intentions to eat well (another conversation altogether) and train properly, but if you just go do it, who knows what kind of results you’ll get. If you make a plan and stick to it, or at least execute it as well as you can, not perfectly most likely, but at least execute it, you will like the results you get.

Said another way, “Aim high, if you miss, you’ll still miss high”. Aim low or don’t aim at all and well, you finish that sentence. Again, more advice I should apply to my personal life as well, again, another conversation.

My coaching progam will be eight weeks and if you check out the online training part on Sandy’s site you’ll find he’s very reasonable. From what I know of Sandy so far, I believe that I’ll get a great program as well. But its not all about the training. You have to mind what you eat. I started eating Paleo style in January and had some great success. While I was away on a business trip the first part of March, my fridge went out and it was about 10 days after I got back before it worked properly again. I fell off of the wagon until last week. I didn’t give up any ground, but I didn’t improve any either. Long story short for another posting, I felt great, my body worked great eating like that. This fitness program will cause me to pay more attention to how I eat, which will help my results.

Either way, I’m excited to work with someone. I’ve worked out by myself for far too long. It’s good to have someone push you. I’m actually having my workouts laid out for me and that’s cool. I just completed Day 4. 3 workout days and an active rest day, which was more of a rest day. I’m liking the workouts so far, it’s great mix of Kettlebells and free weights. Is it rocket science? No it’s not. But it’s planned out and I think that’s going to bring great benefits. I’ve gotten the first week written out for me. I don’t have to come up with what I’m going to do, just picture the days I’m going to do it and execute. It’s two days of free weights and two days of kettlebell or bodyweight work, with an active recovery day and two rest days. Makes perfect sense. None of the workouts will take much more than 30 minutes, which is perfect for my schedule.

While I just started this, I’ll go ahead and post some stats and other info I’ll use to measure progress

Bodyweight 194 lbs

Bodyfat 17%. Who knows how accurate my scale is

I just bought 2 pair of dress pants. Size 34 waist. They fit, and arent uncomfortable, but the waist could be a bit looser. That will be the key. I’m not so concerned with my weight as I am how my clothes fit. When those loosen up, I know I’m getting results.

Here’s to planning and execution!

see ya soon



2 Responses to The Joy of Coaching

  1. michaelsuggs says:

    Thanks Sandy, so important to have a plan!

  2. I am so excited to be working with you. You have all the tools in place for success. I hope to be able to guide you.

    Train with purpose,

    Sandy Sommer RKC

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